YO! Sushi (NYC)
If you are looking for a casual Japanese meal and it involves with a conveyor sushi belt in the Flatiron district,YO! Sushi is an option.
The futuristic looking, British chain restaurant has a long conveyor belt going through about the front half the restaurant, dividing the space with the open kitchen and two-top bench style seating right next to the belt. There were larger tables in the back for parties more than two. The restaurant is generally setup for a quick meal to pick up a couple of those conveyor belt plates but since it’s nicely designed and the staff does not rush you, it easily can become a leisurely meal, like we did.
While the restaurant is generally focused on the novelty factor of the conveyor belt, the food served overall is very solid for the reasonable prices. We had the tuna nigiri, salmon sashimi and nigiri, spicy chicken roll, and salmon avocado roll from the belt; they were fresh and the sushi rice was actually cooked nicely – not too wet nor dry.
For sushi rolls that are bit fancier like soft shell crab or lobster ceviche rolls seen here, they have to be ordered through the waiter. While this isn’t the traditionalist’s kind of rolls but they were tasty and kind of fun given the seasonal seafood (e.g. soft shell crab) or decadently topped lobster roll.
For cooked menu items, the ubiquitous pork belly bao was satisfying – thick slices of pork that’s first braised until it’s tender then deep fried for crispness. The tempura of soft shell crabs may not be photogenic but it’s delicious and the tempura stayed crisp for a long time. A fun New York inspired sandwich of pastrami katsu with a side of fried dill pickles actually satiated a particular craving and it’s tasted good.
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23 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010