If you want to change a simple room into a magical place (without recruiting Bobby from Queer Eye), all you need to do is add amazing sushi. You’ll find proof of this at Omakase by Maaser - a 14-seat BYOB spot in the West Village. What it lacks in energy (the music here sounds like a guided meditation soundtrack), it makes up for in incredible fish. There are two omakase options here: the first is $75 for 12 pieces, and the second is $115 for 17 (before tax and tip). Nearly every piece comes with something special on top - our favorites include a piece of chutoro (medium fatty tuna) with pickled wasabi, and a slightly-seared tuna piece with pickled onion that somehow tastes like a summer barbecue. If you’re always looking for low-key places to eat excellent sushi, this is somewhere you should know about.
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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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