Red-walled Ajisai doesn’t have the standard sushi-bar look, but it delivers the goods. In addition to the usual maki assortment, there are several traditional dishes, such as crunchy sautéed lotus root and ikura uni donburi, a bowl of rice topped with plump, salty beads of salmon roe and earthy, creamy sea urchin. You’ll even find natto, the funky, fermented soybean paste that’s a love-it-or-hate-it taste. Fresh fruit and green tea are offered as complimentary palate cleansers.
1466 First Ave
|Cross street:||between 76th and 77th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Fri noon–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Sat, Sun 1–3pm, 5:30–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 77th St|
|Price:||Average sushi meal (eight pieces, one roll): $18. AmEx, MC, V|