I checked out Grand Central’s annual "Japan Week" celebration yesterday. Due to prep work for a Nordic event across the way (in Vanderbilt Hall), it’s not as large as previous Japan Week get-ups, but that doesn’t actually matter. More importantly, Japan Week ends tomorrow evening.
This year, to celebrate the shinkansen reaching Hokkaido (from Honshu, the largest Japanese island), Hokkaido is one of the overarching themes, both for food and for crafts.
Mitsuwa Marketplace is also sponsoring a kaitenzushi booth. I tried a few plates, though prices go as high as $10 for two nigiri.
Have any of you tried conveyor belt sushi in NY? Can anyone see these places (eventually) becoming a trend here? Before yesterday’s meal, I ate at the long-defunct Genki Sushi (which was by Grand Central) and East in Kips Bay. Neither was a good show in the least.
I ate at them often in Japan just to see how bizarre the concoctions could get, and because some were 24 hours. But if you’re looking for quality fish… I’ll share a laugh with you.