I so wanted to jump up on the conveyor belt and ride around for a few spins. Definitely a fun way to eat sushi, but be aware that the cost can pile up! If you’re anything like me just a few plates won’t do. As each plate moves along a conveyor belt you grab what you want. Each selection is priced according to dish color. After around five plates and a soda I realized I was hitting the $15 mark. Did I stop? Hell no! Pile on those plates of tasty fish. East Japanese Restaurant over in the Kips Bay section of NYC is one of the spots I hit up for an occasional meal during my work lunch break.
This is a solid place to get affordable eats. The sushi is fresh and I am able to sit close to the kitchen and watch them prepare then place the plates on the belt. Watching the food roll by is kind of mesmerizing. Service is pretty much non-existent as it is more like a do-it-yourself deal, which is fine by me when sitting up by the sushi belt counter. Staff will come by to bring you something to drink and remove all the plate covers piling up. There are charts in front of you listing the prices for each color plate. Usually in the $1.75 – $6.00 range. So when the plates pile up be sure to keep a tab on how much it all adds up to. There is a chef hanging out in the middle that can also make rolls on request if you want something different. Be nice and make friends. He is handling your food!
Each day seems to have different specials too – especially on Monday to Wednesday. Check the menu on the door when you walk in. A solid 3.5 stars. Not super high quality stuff, but decent enough to have an enjoyable yet quirky sushi meal. Many different sushi combinations here, along with a full menu of other items such as bento box, soups, noodles, sashimi, and more. There is just something fun about grabbing your food before it passes you by. It’s like fishing, but way easier. Oh, and there is a full bar here in case you want some saki, or a three martini lunch to go with your sushi. Good luck getting back to work on time!