Sugarcane at Sushi Samba (CLOSED)

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Sugarcane at Sushi Samba (CLOSED)
Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Behind a low canopy of brushed-metal palm leaves, glowing red light illuminates this tunnellike space attached to next-door Sushi Samba (which shares the kitchen). In addition to the terrific rolls, fresh and complex ceviches work well with the extensive sake list. One superstar: wide, tender strips of yellowtail with slivers of tomato, mango, hot pepper and mint, dressed in a zingy lemongrass vinaigrette. Make sure someone orders the tea sugar-drops at dessert; the doughnutlike fritters, dusted in brown sugar and cinnamon, hide molten bittersweet chocolate. A gorgeous back room with sliding doors is available for private parties.


Venue name: Sugarcane at Sushi Samba (CLOSED)
Address: 243 Park Avenue South
New York

Cross street: between 19th and 20th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 4:30pm–1am; Thu–Sat 4:30pm–2am; Sun 4:30–midnight
Transport: Subway: 6 to 23rd St
Price: Average small plate: $10
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