TANOSHI Sushi sake bar
An excellent sushi restaurant hiding in plain sight!
1372 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Calling all serious sushi lovers …. When I first heard about this restaurant, I was curious and surprised given my fondness for sushi and its location basically in my backyard on York Avenue between 73rd & 74th. Once I figured out the reservation system (Tanoshi Reservations) I immediately made a reservation with a friend and we sat down for possibly the most sublime omakase (chef’s choice) experience in NYC. Chef Toshio Oguma artistically oversees the preparation with love, combining loosely formed body temperature rice and room temperature fish cured Edo-style. Please remember to bring your own alcohol, although there is a liquor store half a block away where patrons go to buy sake, beer or whatever is desired. The decor is non-impressive, but every other aspect of Tanoshi is off the charts amazing. It’s genuine, pure, and delicious. With 3 seatings (6, 7:30, and 9 PM), you must be prompt because there’s a line outside waiting for each precious seat. This omakase only menu is reasonably priced and includes fish that are in season; you can also choose from daily specials at the conclusion of the omakase and many choose to order a double omakase in the reservation notes, but you may want to save that for your next visit. Not that you need any more endorsement than the find, but Eric Ripert of Le Bernadin fame, is a huge fan of Tanoshi as well.