Truth be told, I haven’t tried every sushi place in New York City…for the moment that is. However given the introduction I had at Gen Restaurant in Prospect Heights last week, the competition will have to do one hell of a job to convince me that the best nigiri and salmon rolls aren’t tucked away in newly gentrified Brooklyn.
Located on the corner of St. Marks and Washington is a small unassuming place you’d walk by if you didn’t know any better. Yet, since you do know better you walk through a series of doors to be met with a bustling and cozy restaurant that boasts local artwork on the walls and an open bar situated to your left. There’s nothing to write home about when it comes to the decor, but the food – by God the food – is worth at least 50 handwritten pages to Mom.
Yes, handwritten, using a feathered plume and ink.
The fish is so fresh and savoury it will take your breath away. All the traditional options are available (salmon, tuna, white fish et al.) along with funked-up combinations that include broiled sea eel with yam potato; thai shrimp with avocado, peanuts and jalapeño sauce, and lobster with avocado and a fruity mayo. Rolls and nigiri come white rice, though brown/wild rice options are available should you require foods that rank lower on the glycemic index. If you’re not big into raw fish (each to his own) there are plenty of other options to consider including a host of cooked appetizers and mains (steamed pork dumplings and teriyaki chicken perhaps?) along with heaving bowls of soup and noodles that will keep you satisfied all week long.
659 Washington Avenue
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 12:00pm – 14:15pm + 17:30pm – 22:15pm
Friday: 12:00pm – 14:15pm & 17:30pm – 23:15pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 14:45pm & 17:30 – 23:15pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 14:45pm + 17:30pm – 22:15pm