Monday, August 25, 2008

One Dollar Sushi

Women are discouraged to eat most forms of fish while they're pregnant. But my mom apparently ate a lot of Mirugai sushi while pregnant with me, which may explain my obsession with the giant clam specifically, and all kinds of sushi in general. Sushi is by far our favorite type of food. If we were millionaires, we'd probably be at the sushi bar four nights out of the week, but we're far from that and we can only do sushi nights here and there. When we're having one of those "woe is me, the world is against me, boo hoo days," nothing cheers us up like good quality sushi. So we were having one of those days yesterday considering what became of our rental situation (rental rant in separate post) and decided to treat ourselves at May's Place Sushi on 2nd Ave (btwn 7th & 8th).

We weren't really expecting much when we walked into this standard looking place. We just thought it looked a lot more budget friendly than some of the other Japanese restaurants we walked by. And man were we ever right! We immediately zoomed in on the page with a list of $1 items, which included sushi. We were skeptical for the price. We assumed we'd get mostly rice with a thin Listerine strip size fish.

When we received our order, we could not believe how thick our fish was and how compact our rice was. And everything was fresh, most likely thanks to the restaurant's high volume and turnover. For those in our hometown reading this, the sushi was comparable to a Yanagi sushi quality for under Kozo/Genki sushi price.

The $1 sushi special is available every night, except Fridays and Saturdays. They also have 50% off specials on several dishes most nights of the week. This, like many Asian restaurants in NYC, had other Asian dishes incorporated into the menu (many Thai restaurants here sell sushi), which included Kimchee and other Korean dishes.

May's was such a contrast to Mizu (shown here), where we had substandard sushi at fancy prices.

On another note, it's been endearing the last couple days to see the NYU freshmen students and their parents on the streets with boxes, suitcases and housing items getting ready to start their grown-up life. It's absurd how much a lot of these students are paying for housing for the tiniest spaces - $2,000 and up. With NYU dispersed throughout the city in the heart of nightlife, it would seem the students would get easily distracted. On the other hand, I can't think of many other cities that has the kind of job and internship opportunities for these students on the scale of NYC.