The Gotham outpost of a popular Japanese chain, Sushiden is a dependable midtown spot. The sushi Bizen entrée features nine varieties of fish plus tamago (egg). The uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe) are reasonably proportioned and exceedingly fresh. Medium-fatty toro (tuna) is practically fall-apart tender. Sushiden has a dozen or so rolls with cutesy names (the Disney contains roasted duck); try the negitoro inside-out roll, containing mashed toro with scallions and spicy sauce, topped with garlic chips. For dessert, try the traditional Japanese sweets such as surprisingly light mochi (rice-paste balls), which you scoop up with a tiny spoon.
123 W 49th St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:45am–2:15pm, 5:30–10pm; Sat 5–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr; N, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St|
|Price:||Average sushi meal (8 pieces, 1 roll): $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
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