Masa, Yasuda, Soto, Hideo, Toshihiro, Suzuki..These are the names of some of the best sushi chefs that have graced NYC. And now we must add one more name: David. That's right, as in David Bouhadana, the young chef who grew up in Florida, who is at the helm of the just opened East Village sushi joint, Sushi Dojo. With training at both the amazing 15 East and the great Hatsuhana, along with a three year stint in the Kansai region of Japan, at age 27, Chef David Bouhadana is a sushi prodigy. A wizard of raw fish.
I stopped into Sushi Dojo last night and was blown away for many reasons. For one, the price. At $45, for a 10 piece sushi omakase, this price is the lowest I've seen. It is hands down the best bang for your buck omakase in NYC. No questions asked. Most of the sushi is flown in from Japan, and is as fresh as it gets. I have done some amazing sushi omakase all over the city, none has been priced this low, with such great quality of fish. Truly amazing.
Also, the positive vibe at Sushi Dojo is something to talk about. At many sushi temples the chefs are focused on the fish, and will not have lengthy conversations with their patrons. At Sushi Dojo it is the opposite. Dojo means a place to study and train, and their philosophy is to educate their clientele about Japanese cuisine and culture. I sat down in front of Chef Bouhadana, and asked an array of questions he happily answered. It was like taking a sushi class. True awesomeness.
Enough cannot be said about the fabulous and fresh fish they have at Sushi Dojo too. Everything I was served was sensational. I had a few culinary orgasms, I cannot lie. My suggestion is to come in, take a seat at the bar, and let the chef take the reigns, and take you on a magical culinary adventure like you've never had. It's like an exploration of the ocean in your mouth. A magical night awaits!
110 First Avenue (bet. 6th and 7th)
New York, NY 10009