Sushi Sampler

Sushi Sampler

Bar at Mira Sushi Izakaya

I’ve mentioned this on my blogs before, but it bears repeating: when it comes to going out for sushi, I am your girl. For some reason, I never get tired of this particular cuisine, while I can easily groan, “not Chinese again!,” “I‘m sick of pizza,” or even, “I simply cannot do another Chilean sea bass with trumpet mushrooms and rosemary-aioli sauce.” Maybe it’s the wide choice of fish dishes, the flavors that I adore—ginger, soy, sweet and crunchy elements. That light feeling I have after eating, no matter how much sushi I have indulged in. Or, perhaps it’s just the fact that nothing need get cooked, so if I am ravenous, I know I won’t be waiting long for any dish. Loving sushi in New York becomes quite the gastronomic chore, however, with so many places to choose from (not that I am complaining). So, on this sunny April day, I called my friend Frank, who works as a freelance designer and photographer out of his Meatpacking District apartment, and we met at Mira Sushi, a Flatiron district spot which I had never been to. Yelp reviews were encouraging, however, with phrases like “hip space,” “tantalizing fish,“ and “awesome choices of sake” adding to the appeal. This Wednesday, we decided on an early lunch, which made it easy to grab a spot at either the full-service bar, one of the high tops, or the comfortable, square dining room in the rear. I arrived first, and so grabbed one of the high tops, which had cushioned and backed barstools to insure a comfortable meal. Frank arrived and we started with a share of edamame, a little hotter than usually served, perfectly touched off with sea salt and altogether yummy. Classic Japanese green house salads followed with one of the most delicate orange-ginger dressings I'd ever tasted in a Japanese eatery. The menu has a huge choice of rolls and sushi/sashimi dishes; Frank opted for the standard sushi lunch, while I decided on the “miso over you roll,” a sweet, spicy and colorful amalgam of spicy white tuna, avocado, salmon, yellowtail, cilantro and tobiko. Had it been cocktail hour, it would have been impossible to resist one of the many sakes on the separate cocktail menu, which are broken down into categories: Bold & Dry, Fragrant & Floral, Rich & Elegant, and special sakes, like a yuzu sake described as “Sweet and tangy like a juicy, crisp lemonade. Oishi!”

Yes, cocktail hour is the perfect excuse to make my way back to Mira Sushi. And, being that it’s sushi and all, I know I won’t get tired of it.

» Mira Sushi Izakaya, 46 W. 22nd St., 212.989.7889