Friendly and attentive
- Wine / Cocktails:
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, the newest of the Blue Ribbon sushi restaurants to open in the city, is a Japanese tavern in SoHo; stark, dimly lit, but comfortable. I think the sushi is overpriced and the pieces sometimes strangely cut but having said that, there is a wide variety of options including hand rolls, vegetable rolls, maki and platters. All the fish was fresh and top quality. But Blue Ribbon has so much more to offer than just raw fish.
Try ordering the bone marrow with sea salt bonito, deep fried shiso leaves and teriyaki sauce served with toasted challah bread. It was decadently delicious. So was the braised tripe with tamari butter and candied ginger, the beef tongue with daikon, shiitake and black truffle teriyaki. The sweet and sour chicken feet tasted more like the familiar General Tao's chicken but I cannot lie, I enjoyed them.
The kushi yaki offers many choices. The pork meatballs with a sesame glaze arrive three on a skewer; for two people that was a problem so we had to get two more orders (that means they were good). Next, the smoked pork belly with pickled onions and spicy baby watercress was a great combination of favors complimenting each other. Beautifully tender and delicious.
Usuzukuri Kampachi yellowtail (usuzukuri is the Japanese word for thinly sliced), came in thick slices, lightly dressed in ponzu sauce and yuzu pepper (a paste made from from chili peppers, yuzu peel and salt) and was very tasty. It would have been nearly perfect if the slices were cut properly. Also, try the baked clams with miso butter. There are basic salads, tempuras,
chicken, pork, beef and shellfish entrees with a variety of fried rice and vegetable sides. Along with the lovely and light but overpriced small bottle of Blue Ribbon house sake at $70, this was a great meal with unique concepts, though very expensive.
Our server was friendly and attentive as was one of the partners who stopped by to see if we were enjoying our meal. There was upbeat club music playing in the background and a young hip crowd among us. I would not necessarily just go there only for sushi because I think the cooked food is very creative and they do it so well.
Bone marrow, Beef tongue, Pork meatballs, Smoked pork, Sushi, sashimi