Jiro Dreams of Sushi before Neta

MV5BMTA5NzQzODUxOTheQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDIwODg1MDc@._V1._SY317_CR6,0,214,317_Fred and I went to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi the other night.  A brilliant documentary about an amazing 85 year old man who has been dreaming about the deliciousness of sushi since he was 10.  His life is about striving for perfection.  It is an incredible look at a life about dedication and hard work.  In the world that we are living today and certainly moving towards where you move from one job to another and we don't follow a straight path, there is something inspiring about this mans constant search for the perfect piece of sushi. 

Afterwards, we had to go eat sushi.  I love going to a film and then going out for the food that was part of the movie.  After seeing Midnight in Paris, we ate French food so dreaming of sushi meant sushi.  We made a reservation at Neta.  Former chefs from Masa and Bar Masa learned from the master and went out on their own.  Now if you followed the movie, the chefs that are trained from the master Jiro don't go out on their own until at least 10 years of training.  Jiro's son is still the second to Jiro after 30 years.  But hey, this is America.  You get it and you move on and try to do it yourself.  So how is Neta?  It is pretty damn good.

We went for the top omikase and a really good bottle of sushi and let the games begin.  First thing out was a thinly sliced cucumber salad with small pieces of fish.  A nice start to open up the senses.

The next dish is a signature at Masa.  Chopped toro topped with caviar and a few pieces of toasted bread on the side.  I have had this dish several times.  As I learned from the movie, it is all about the tuna.  Some grades are better than others.  This was quite good but not as good as I have had it before.

This was amazing.  Slices of scallop and uni with a hot piece of lime on the side to squeeze over the top. The next thing was a crispy deep fried blowfish.  Really amazing but somehow I forgot to take the pic.

Uni risotto.  Kind of can't beat it.  Super rich.

Kampachi and tuna
The sushi began.  Another missed pis.  Kampachi with a dollop of creamy spicy potatoes and toro.  This is a picture of our second plate of sushi.  Salmon and lean tuna.  

Uni and cooked toro.

Eel and cucumber roll

Toro and scallion roll

Shiso with rice, plum sauce and cucumbers

Peanut butter ice cream which was excellent.  Rich, creamy and delicious.

A good experience.  I might go back next time and just order a la carte and trust me, I will be back.  There are very few places in the city that serve sushi of this quality and there are only two others that I can think of below 14th street. 

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Comments (Archived):

  1. kirklove

    Ha. Lili and I do the same thing. This Sunday we’re doing dinner at Lincoln then “The Arrival of Wang” at the Italian Film Festival at Lincoln Center.Sidenote: Ever been to Soto? Haven’t, but heard it’s the shit.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Soto is really good. Different experiences but both worth going to.

  2. Machlowitz

    THE IFC theatre where you may have seen Jiro on Sixth is a treasure!  Frankly, three worthwhile documentaries are running there right now (First Position and Pink Ribbons Inc.) are the other two. Some towns don’t get three good documentaries a year and IFC is a veritable film festival.  PS  I think at least in Theatre 4 the seats are brand new–spcious, incredibly clean, etc. It is practically atop the W 4th subway station so easy to access from Brooklyn or the UWS. 

  3. Tastefairy

    it is not even 9 in the morning and I’m craving and scheming for sushi! Must go see this doc. Thx as always for a great post on food and food for thought!

  4. Haymonica

    did you go for omikase and a really good bottle of “saki”? It must have been really good!

    1. Gotham Gal

      we did.