The flagship location of Sushi Seki has just launched a unique Mini-Omakase introductory experience! Newcomers and Omakase lovers alike are invited to try their new $55 menu at the new sushi bar on the first floor. It’s a gorgeous and spacious bar setting that’s perfect for a quick mini-omakase experience that’s available Tuesday through Saturday nights, starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are not required for this experience, and diners are seated on a first come, first serve basis.
I had the absolute pleasure of trying out the new $55 Mini-Omakase menu, as well as some other highlights made by Chef Seki Shi himself! Sushi Seki is an upscale Japanese restaurant that features more than just sushi. Here you can enjoy a fine sake program, great beer options, as well as an extensive Japanese Whiskey program. They have private dining options as well as two floors, which makes it great for parties and small gatherings, in the heart of NYC.
Thanks to Chef Seki Shi and Yasu Suzuki, the General Manager & Sake Sommelier for taking me through a Mini-Omakase and Sake Pairing experience, one taste at a time! The Mini-Omakase pairings were:
Sake: Hakkaisan Sparkling from Niigata
Sushi: Madai (Red Snapper) – Lemon Juice and Okinawa Sea Salt
Sake: Masumi Sanka Junmai Daiginjo from Nagano
Sushi: Chu Toro (Blue Fin Tuna) – Fresh Wasabi Soy
Sake: Gokyo Junmai “Hiyaoroshi” – Unpasteurized from Yamaguchi
Sushi: Raw Scallop, Chopped Toro & Pickled Daikon topped with Hokkaido Uni
Sake: Sohomare “Tuxedo” Junmai Daiginjo Kimoto from Tochigi
Sushi: Hamachi (Yellowtail) & Jalapeno – Garlic Puree & Citrus Soy
Sake: Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo from Niigata
Sushi: King Salmon & Tomato Sauté – White Onion Sauce
Sake: Sohomare Junmai Kimoto (Served Warm) from Tochigi
Sushi: Ankimo (Steamed Monkfish Liver), Dill & Myoga
Sushi: Fluke & Shiso Tempura, Blue Fin Akami & Micro Cilantro
Sake: Gozenshu Bodaimoto Nigori Sake (Unpressed Cloudy Sake) from Nara
Other options you will want to try from Sushi Seki is this unique pairing in particular. New Year Osechi is served in a grey ceramic rectangle and is composed of texturally playful fish, sauces, flavors, and vegetables. From left:
– Kazunoko (Herring Roe), Scallop & Ikura (Salmon Roe)
– Datemaki Tamago (White Fish & Egg Cake)
– Roasted Duck Breast Marinated in Orange Dashi Soy
– Salmon Nanban (Fried Salmon Marinated with Onion & Carrot in Sweet Rice Vinegar)
– Shimaaji (Striped Jack) – Kabosu Citrus Soy
– Oh Toro (Blue Fin Tuna Belly), Micro Sprout, Fresh Wasabi Soy & Tofu Sauce, Topped with Lotus Root
Sake: Hanahato Kijoshu 8 years from Hiroshima
And because what would an 8-course mini-omakase and sake pairing be without some delicious dessert? To end the evening on a sweet note, Chef Seki made one last course for me that consisted of Chocolate Brûlée, Yuzu Panna Cotta & Fruit Anmitsu. It was the perfect way to end such an incredible experience!
If you want a similar experience, and enjoy Omakase with top-notch service, a fantastic beverage program, and great prices, make sure to stop by Sushi Seki in Times Square for an outstanding time! Between the newly launched Mini-Omakase menu, sushi options, sake list, and Japanese Whiskey list, there’s something for everyone. Here the wonderful staff as well as Yasu, the Sake Sommelier can walk you through a one of a kind Sake or Whiskey session (prices vary depending on whiskey or sake of choice) while you enjoy a selection of Chef Seki’s best menu items. This Mini-Omakase experience is one you will not want to miss!