Ever since Wu Kong closed on 46th btw. 5th & 6th, I’ve been searching for a cheap sit down Sushi restaurant with a good lunch special close to the office. Sure, Wu Kong was one of those split Asian restaurants, half Japanese/half Chinese (always a bad sign), but the sushi was good, and for under $10 you got two rolls and a miso soup. Their Chinese food specials were good too, they gave you free peanuts while you waited for your meal, and once, awhile back, my wife and I were convinced we saw Lindsay Lohan eating there (that means it had to be good!) It wasn’t the best, but it was our place- and since it closed there has been a cheap lunch special sushi void in our lives.
Well, salvation has come in the New Year. As reported on Monday, Taki Sushi has moved from their 2nd Ave. location into the spot formerly occupied by Aron’s on 48th btw. 5th & 6th. The spot is on the 2nd floor of the building, overlooking 48th st. and has a cute and modest interior. The lunch specials are not only cheaper than Wu Kong, I’m pretty sure they are the cheapest available for fresh made sushi in Midtown. For $6.50 to $7.50 (depending on what rolls you order) you get two rolls, miso soup and salad. The $6.50 rolls are all non-fish rolls (avocado, cucumber, spinach, natto, etc) and the $7.50 choices include Tuna, Salmon or Shrimp with Avocado or Cucumber, California Roll, Salmon Skin, Eel with Avocado or Cucumber, Yellowtail and Spicy roll with Tuna, Salmon or White Tuna.
If Sushi or Sashimi is your thing, they have very nice, generously portioned sushi lunch specials for a pretty decent price. The Sushi lunch is $8.95, Sashimi Lunch is $9.95 and the Sushi/Sashimi combo lunch is $12.95. The table next to ours ordered these and they looked better than average. They also have various Udon Noodle soups ($6.50 apiece), Don Buri specials (sweet Japanese stews) and all the usual Teriyaki, Katsu, Tempura and Negimaki specials you would expect. Everything comes with miso soup and a salad (except the soups, which only come with a salad).
What we ordered, and a +/- after the jump…
My wife and I decided to share a maki lunch special and a bento box. She ordered the Salmon and Avocado roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll. The rolls were about what you would expect for this price… but a decent rice to fish ratio. The spicy tuna wasn’t spicy enough for my taste (and neither was the wasabi) but they were good enough. The salad was fine, and the miso soup was slightly watery but certainly better than what you get for free or for a $1 at most delis with takeout sushi.
For the bento box I ordered the Beef Negimaki, strips of beef wrapped around scallions and covered in a teriyaki sauce. It’s probably not something most people order, but I love beef and I love scallions and always used to get it as a kid. For $7.25, it’s a pretty good deal. The teriyaki sauce was a little watery, but the beef was pretty tender, and it came with white rice and half a california roll, in addition to the Miso Soup and salad. For the price, you can’t argue.
When it comes to sushi, 90% of the time you are going to get what you pay for. Sure there are hidden jems where the price is slightly cheaper than the quality, but overall the price is going to be in line with what you get. Taki hovers just above that ratio. $7.50 for two rolls is a great deal (especially when it comes with soup and salad), and it certainly is better than all the takeout places… but if you are a sushi snob, it may not live up to high standards (although the sashimi slices on the table next to ours looked very generous, especially for the price). So in the end, if you are looking for a cheap, sit down sushi meal near your office, you could do a lot worse than Taki Sushi. There’s one thing I can guarantee… considering how many people were there after less than two weeks open- this place will be packed within a month. It’s too cheap to be ignored… so get there while you can still get a table.
- The price. $7.50 for two rolls, soup and salad. Can’t be beat for a fresh made, sit down sushi place.
- They have Eel & Avocado and Spicy Tuna… my two favorite choices
- The sushi and sashimi platters looked like they had very generous servings (especially for the price)
- All the usual Japanese options for rock pretty cheap prices, including donburi, udon, yakisoba, teriyaki, tempura, katsu and negimaki.
- You get salad and miso soup with almost everything
- The decor is a huge improvement over Aron’s
- It’s a little better than the price… but in the end you still get what you pay for. If you are a sushi snob, you may rather pay the little bit of extra money for the extra quality.
- Everything seemed a tad watered down… the miso soup, the teriyaki sauce, the wasabi and the spicy tuna. They may be toning it down for the Midtown business palate? (Or just trying to save money)
Taki Sushi, 60 W. 48th St., 2nd Floor (btw. 5th & 6th), 212-832-6688