More often then not, when the Boyfriend and I have some a special occasion to celebrate, we opt for Japanese. It’s not on purpose, but it usually ends up happening. It’s probably because both of us favor Japanese food out of all the many cuisines available to us in NYC. For our belated 4th anniversary dinner, we ended up at Shimizu. It’s located in the theater district in Manhattan, but it’s definitely one of the more underrated sushi restaurants in the city.
They start you off with some complimentary potato salad, which is a nice beginning to the meal. It was pretty tasty!
We opted to split two small appetizers since we wanted to save our tummies for the fish. We did the edamame ($6.00) and their special of the day, Cold Tofu with three flavor sauces. The tofu was firmer than what we like but it was still pretty refreshing. From the left, we had scallion and Katsuobushi, or Bonito flakes, followed by the chili pepper and finally, scallop sauce. I liked the scallop sauce the best but the Boyfriend enjoyed the Bonito flakes.
For our entree, we decided to get two entree sets and split it. I picked the Deluxe Sashimi Platter ($34.00), which features 3 tuna, 3 yellowtail, 3 salmon, 2 white fish, 2 scallops and 2 fatty tuna or toro. Boy was this sashimi good. I really enjoyed the yellowtail – it really had a fresh fish flavor. I also really liked the toro, which melted in my mouth. The best, however, was the scallops, which were sweet and chewy!
The Boyfriend picked the Deluxe Sushi Platter ($27.00), which features 2 tuna, 1 yellowtail, 1 white fish, 1 salmon roe, 1 shrimp, 1 eel and 1 yellowtail scallion roll. The Boyfriend ate the salmon roe, eel, salmon and tuna. I sampled the shrimp, tuna, and white fish. The white fish sushi definitely tasted a bit different than the sashimi version. But my favorite was the shrimp – like the scallop it was really sweet. I love sweet shrimp!
We ended the night with some Green Tea Ice Cream ($4.00). I’m convinced it was Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Ice Cream – it was milkier than usual green tea ice creams and I’ve eaten more than enough CICF to know! The service was attentive and on point. The fish was super fresh and delicious – it’s definitely one of the best sushi restaurants that we have both been to. I can’t wait to be back to sit at the bar and have some chef’s choice picks!