Aoki

November 23, 2006

For several years we have enjoyed having light meals at Sushi-à-Go-Go or at Ollie’s before performances at Lincoln Center, but we had not found an equivalent place in the theater district.  On November 22, 2006, we went for the aoki-2.jpgsecond time to a new restaurant, Aoki, 234 West 48th Street, 212-956-2356, and were happy with it.  The cuisine was very good and seemingly authentically Japanese, although there were few Japanese among the sparse pre-theater clientèle.    The four of us shared two carafes of the Wakatake sake, which I found excellent: a full flavor without being cloying.  Els had a Spider Roll (with soft shell crab) and a California Roll; Linda: a Spider Roll and an Eel Avocado Roll; Kees: a Dragon Roll (another version of eel and avocado,) two Uni (sea urchin) sushi, two Ikura (salmon roe) sushi (the toro he wanted was out of season;) I had an Aoki Spider Roll (wrapped in a radish skin,) an Eel Avocado Roll and one Uni susho.   That was plenty for a pre-theater meal.   We all felt that the ingredients were very fresh, well-prepared and beautifully presented.   

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One of the other tables had a beautiful looking plate of shrimp tempura; there is a wide variety of Japanese cuisine on the menu and one could order a more substantial meal.  We could see the three sushi and sashimi chefs working aoki-4.jpgbehind the counter which fronts on the dining room, but there must be another chef in a kitchen behind.    The décor is stark Japanese modern with a waterfall over a stone wall on one side and a samurai mural on the other.  The service is friendly, fast and efficient, but I don’t know how it would be if the restaurant were full.  One negative note is the music which doesn’t let up from its modern beat. 

Addendum

On February 7, 2007, Linda and I went for lunch before a matinee.  The lunch menu is quite limited, but all one needs before a play and the prices are very reasonable.  We had various sushi rolls and they were good.   

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