The first time I went to Kotobuki, it was with my first food-blogger friend, Alex of Chekmark Eats, who just celebrated her blog’s third birthday! We were getting together for dinner and she suggested Kotobuki because — and I quote — “it’s literally amazing and they do the best sashimi I’ve ever had for, like, $20.” Usually, you get what you pay for with raw fish in New York City. I was nervous about paying 20 bucks for food poisoning, but I rolled with it, because I trusted my girl.
And not that I’m fact-checking Chekmark, but the sashimi deluxe is actually $24. Other than that, she was spot on. The tray is huge and full of high-quality fish that you just don’t usually find for that kind of money. It’s delicious and varied, and a nice change from the kind of sushi joint where I wind up picking from a list of a million rolls that I’ve never heard of before. The restaurant is big and loud, and always full of recent NYU grads. If I hadn’t shown up with someone I trusted, there is just no way I would have sat down that first time. But just after we sat, our server came by with warm hand towels and a tiny bowl of spicy, slippery noodles made from sweet potatoes. By the time our gigantic trays of sushi arrived, I was sold.
If you’re looking for delicious, cheap sushi and you don’t mind a forgettable atmosphere, check out Kotobuki in the East Village. And head on over to Chekmark Eats for three years of awesome restaurant reviews. Congrats, Alex!
What we’ll get again: house appetizer of spicy slippery noodles and the sashimi deluxe. Every time.
56 3rd Avenue
Good to know: beer and wine only, reservations accepted (but not necessary), they take credit cards and they deliver