You know a sushi place is special when the team commissions an artist to design the takeout packaging. That’s the case with Sushi Muse, a new takeout and delivery project from the chef of high-end Japanese spots Odo and Hall. Fortunately, the food inside their present-like bento boxes lives up to the design, including some flaky-sweet anago, sparkly silver kohada, and idyllic chutoro that should run for mayor of New York. We’d recommend letting the chef choose your sushi selection by ordering the original, premium, or luxury boxes (which range from $38 to $95), but you can also curate your own nigiri box or get a smaller “salmon lover” or “tuna lover” combo for $23.
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Barbounia is definitely not our jam. It’s way too expensive for what they’re serving, and the grandiose and gaudy decor makes it feel like some sort of vaguely Mediterranean performance hall. Like at any moment one of the bus boys might start juggling.
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The Cellar at Beecher’s is a little wine bar underneath a cheese shop in Flatiron.
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An underground izakaya on 35th Street best used for drunk nights after a show at Madison Square Garden.
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The Chelsea Sushi Seki outpost is bigger and badder than the original. Aside from the decor differences, everything appears to be exactly the same.
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