NYC Restaurants

Asahi
311 West 48th Street
New York, NY, 10036
(212) 307-5040 Map

Cuisine: Japanese , Sushi

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Cititour Review:
With rents soaring in Manhattan, restaurants are forced to
come up with unique ways to survive. Asahi is one of them. It's actually two restaurants in one, complete with separate menus.

Asahi offers a mix of sushi, sushimi and Japanese tempura dishes, while its sister restaurant, ZeNith, specializes in
vegetarian cuisine.

The restaurant is located on the ground level of a brownstone with a minimalist decor. Black walls, exposed brick and exposed ceiling beams, as well as some goldfish swimming
in a large vase.

On the menu at ZeNith you'll find dishes like artichokes sauteed in tomato and basil, spinach linguine in a sesame dressing and dishes made from pumpkin squash and buckwheat noodles.

Being a fish lover, I chose Asahi and one of its box meals. For under $20 you get a taste of just about everything. They kind of remind me of TV dinners. In one compartment were perfect slices of tuna, red snapper and salmon sushimi. Sitting next to it were three large fried oysters in a crisp tempura batter. I must say the moist mollusks inside were better than the ones I had at Mary's Fish Camp, which are pretty darn good. The meal also included two fairly large slices of salmon teryaki on a bed of bean sprouts. Add a small carafe of hot sake and the meal is complete.

I must say I was impressed by the friendly staff and its ability to help theatergoers. It's not often that a restaurant can get you in and out to watch your show in 20 minutes. But somehow
they did.

I recommend getting a second bottle of sake
and staying awhile.

Review By: Thomas Rafael

Neighborhood: West 40s

Entree Price: $10-15


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