Located right off the R train on 4th between 86th and 87th, this hole in the wall provides the essentials needed in NewYork–sushi, cheap and fast. Now you might think those terms shouldn’t go together, but believe-you-me, when we say “cheap” we really just mean permanently discounted, as their menus shows a special price of $2.50 for all regular hand and cut rolls. That’s right–ALL. From your Cucumber Roll to your Shrimp Tempura, and they even offer Judochop’s favorite: Spicy Yellowtail. And each one is only $2.50. Simply great.
Another discount is that all specialty rolls are buy one get one free. There is a wide variety of these rolls listed, and there are at least 2 new rolls a week! In fact, a new menu was introduced last spring (around fashion week, we noted) including such delicacies as the Sexy Roll and the YSL roll. But for the truly dedicated sushi lover, try out Omiya’s boat platters. Offered in a range of sizes, these massive orders can feed a whole family or just one very hungry individual. These are definitely not for the faint of heart.
The interior is minimal with the usual Japanese decor while the service is quite impressive. It’s nice to eat-in as you get green tea for free (notice a trend yet?) and the presentation of the entrees is lovely. The sake is served with a slice of cucumber, which makes a particularly refreshing drink. During the cold months it’s so great getting to-go. Sometimes we’ll get 10 rolls for just two of us (splurging on $2.50 rolls never hurt anyone–and this way we found out the Sandwich Roll is B.S.!!) and it literally takes them 6 minutes to bring us everything wrapped up tightly and secure for the walk home, with plenty of wasabi, ginger and soy sauce dippers.
What lacks in price certainly makes up for in taste, and we don’t know about you but that’s a fine trade for us. We could go on and on (like we do) and tell you about our experiences with this excellent establishment, but how about you tell us what you think? It’s gonna cost you at least $1–oh yeah, the final discount–for a piece of sashimi. And if you can’t afford that, then how are you online? Punk!
Omiya Sushi Restaurant
8618 4th Ave,