November 11, 2005

Sushi-à-go-go is a small, crowded, fast-paced restaurant on the east side of Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets, opposite Lincoln Center.  I have eaten there three times in the last two weeks in groups of two and three before operas with curtains at 1:30, 7:30 and 8:00.  sushiagogo.jpgIt is very satisfactory before any event at Lincoln Center as the meal doesn’t make one drowsy as the soprano warbles.   They don’t take reservations and there is sometimes a wait, but it is always short.  While one can eat quickly, one can also take one’s time.   The yellow décor is pretty bad and over-lit, but not unpleasant.  There are tables outside in the nice weather.One of their features is special sushi rolls.  The White Dragon Roll with smoked eel and avocado is one of our standbys.  The BIG GO GO with avocado, eel and kampyo (strips of dried gourd which hold together a roll) is almost a meal in itself.  I like the featured “GODZILLA” Sushi Tasting of three Inside Out Rolls: Lover’s Roll (Shrimp, Cucumber, Avocado, Tobiko & Spicy Sauce,) Eel w/ Green Apple Roll, Crazy Crab Roll (Snow Crab, Wasabe, Tobiko & Spicy Sauce.)Of course, they have all the usual sushi and sashimi items with five sushi chefs working behind the counter.  The big turnover means that everything is very fresh.  They also have teriyakis and other non-fish items for those so inclined.  The list of daily specials can inspire one to order unusual dishes, such as the lovely checkerboard sashimi of toro and tofu I had at the last visit. The vegetable gyoza (fried dumplings) with a side of edamame make a good starter course.

The sake and wine list is comprehensive, including a special sake of the day.  (I don’t care much for the unfiltered sake.)  A good standby is # 17. KIZKURA PURE (JUMAI) DRY, MELON, SMOOTH 300 ml- $10.   One unusual item is the green tea, which is served in a café-filtre pot; the green tea leaves are mixed with aromatic seeds; it is very good and helps keep one awake will the tenor drones.  MR


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