Blue Ribbon Sushi – Intimate little joint in NYC

It’s been around for ages, it’s intimate, it has a omakase bar jammed full of beautiful looking fish and it’s part of a conglomerate, owned by Le Corden Bleu trained brothers Bruce & Eric Bromberg. There’s lots of dark wood furniture along with booths suitable for groups adorned with dim lighting that makes for a suitable dating venue. I was here on the last leg of my NYC trip needing a quick bite before heading off to JFK Airport in 2012.

Maki special rolls – California.

Dragon – Eel, avocado and radish sprouts $20. It’s well put together and the rich eel works in tandem with the buttery avocado. The brushing of teriyaki sauce doesn’t hurt either!

California roll with king crab inside out $22. Sweet, sweet crab with Japanese mayo and a smear of salmon roe is always a delicious textual welcome.

My first time trying uni ($8) and it was fair to say that my palate didn’t appreciate it. I found the intense seafood flavour too advanced for my liking at the time. I really don’t mind the stuff now though.

My fellow diner’s platter of rolls and sushi.

The verdict:

When did I go? June 2012
The damage: Expect to pay $40-$50 per head with drinks for lunch.
The good: The cosy little venue is great for a date spot and the maki rolls along with the sushi were certainly ingredient led, especially since some the fish is flown in from Japan.
The bad: It’s expensive and I left wanting for more, at this price point I’d rather eat somewhere which gets me more bang for my buck.
Rating: 2.5/5
Would I go again? Maybe
Address: 119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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