Yesterday I shunned my favorite sushi restaurant and went to Ubu (205 Hudson St) for a quick bite.
I walked into the small restaurant and asked if they served beer. They didn't, so I ran up to Washington Street and bought my tall Sapporo and went back to try their sushi deluxe & edamame.
I thought the quality of the edamame was so-so. They steamed it nicely but I wished they used a kosher salt on the beans, rather than a table salt. Also there were lots of "bad" ones in there and I had to push those aside.
Trying the sushi deluxe I was presented with two tuna, salmon, yellow tail and halibut (I think, it was a white fish), along with 1 shrimp and a california roll. Not a huge fan of california rolls, I like it when sushi deluxes are served with a spicy tuna roll (which can nearly be the most common roll ordered at all sushi restaurants).
This brings up an interesting segue. Ever look at a sushi restaurants roll list. Check out how much a plain tuna roll costs versus a spicy tuna. The markup at some restaurants is incredible - and what are you getting with a spicy tuna roll? Mayonaise and spice? Some rolls I have seen a price difference of $1.50-2 a roll! Incredible!
They first served miso soup & a salad, which I only tried the miso soup. I like the miso soup at Maru better, but it was satisfactory.
Ok, so I thought the fish was fresh and tasty. The waitress asked before ordering if I liked my sushi spicy, I said I did and they added to the top of each fish a small drop of spicy mayo & soy. I didn't have to dip the fish into anything and I wolfed them down so fast that the chef remarked, "You certainly are hungry!"
The california roll was satisfying enough, and the total cost for the meal was a shade over $20. There were only 2 other people in the restaurant and the service was fast and attentive. The place only seats about 20 people, so I don't think i'd be very worried about slow service.
I'd go again, but i'd choose Maru over Ubu any day of the week. But i'd choose Ubu over the super expensive Sushi Lounge across the street. I'm still pissed that they serve Sapporo beer for like $7 a pint. You can BYOB to Maru or Ubu and it is $3.75 for a 20 ounce can of Sapporo at the Liquor Store on 2nd & Washington. I understand paying more at a restaurant or bar, but Sushi Lounge should be charging like $4.75 for a pint of Sapporo.