Natsumi, NYC

December 7, 2009

Pursuing the search for better dining in the theater district, Kristin, Linda and I dined at Natsumi on November 25, 2009. Natsumi‘s cuisine is sometimes described as Japanese-Italian fusion; sometimes just as modern Japanese.

After we were seated we ordered a bowl of warm, salted edamame and a bottle of Sasaichi sake. They got things off to a good start.


Kristin ordered a
Sushi deluxe
2 tuna, 2 salmon, 2 yellow tail, whitefish, tobiko, shrimp w. california roll

Her comment was: “Although the selection of fish in the sushi deluxe was fairly standard, the quality was far above average in freshness and tenderness.  It was a very satisfying platter.”

Linda had a
Rainbow roll
tuna, salmon, yellowtail, white fish, shrimp, avocado
and a
smoked eel, avocado, kani, kaiware

These ten and eight piece rolls were an economical way to have a lot of sushi. Big portions here.

My meal was an
smoked eel sushi

Natsumi tempura roll
salmon, tuna, eel, shrimp

and a
Natsumi mixed grill
grilled chicken and shrimp w. spicy garlic sauce

The smoked eel was very good. The tempura roll was too complicated to have the kind of distinct flavor of a fine ingredient one expects from either sushi or tempura, but the general effect of seafood and the warm crunchiness were satisfying. The mixed grill, which I ordered to try Natsumi‘s idea of “modern’ Japanese cuisine, was also quite complicated but each of the components was good eaten separately: (left to right) pumpkin, cucumber, grilled chicken, broccoli, shrimp.

It was not great cuisine, but Natsumi was at a higher level than the other Japanese restaurants we have tried in the theater district. The service was cheerful, efficient and fast, which is important before a show. The noise level was reasonable. We’ll probably go back.

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