Sushi Seki – best upper east side sushi?

Along with my search for the best pizza in the upper east side, I’ve also been on the hunt for the best sushi. One of my co-workers (whose mom is Japanese and a professional sushi chef), recommended Sushi Seki. So one Friday night after an extended happy hour, we ended up at this quaint little restaurant. We didn’t have reservations, and it was a Friday night so they were pretty busy, and they only have about 15 tables plus the sushi bar. There were three of us, and we were told it would be about a half an hour wait – not too bad anyway.

We were escorted to our table about 20 minutes later and were ravenous by this point. Let me mention now that I was doing my slow carb diet at the time so I couldn’t have any carbs, and it was Friday during Lent (so no meat) which is what lead us to choosing sushi in the first place. I knew sashimi was just not going to fill me up especially after a couple glasses of red wine (which is allowed on the slow carb diet p.s.), so my friend and I decided to split the Sashimi Deluxe and the Chilean Sea Bass with Black Bean Sauce. Oh and of course I started off with the Miso soup. My other friend got the Sushi and Sashimi Combo.


The miso soup was good, filled with scallions and seaweed, I feel like it’s one of those things that you can’t really screw up. Then came our entrées…


The Sashimi platter was beautiful! I loved the presentation with the vibrant colors, it looked like a work of art. I almost didn’t want to eat it – almost! It had tuna, yellow tail, spanish mackerel, and salmon roe. We even got a giant clam which I had never had before and thought it was quite tasty. Each of the fishes had their own distinct flavor and was so fresh, and literally just melted in your mouth. As is typical of sashimi, the portion size was not very large, but this is to be expected. Thank goodness we got the sea bass!


The sea bass was honestly one of the best I’ve ever had! When you cut into it with your fork, it just flaked right off, it was the most succulent fish I’ve ever tasted. The black bean sauce was so flavorful yet light, and didn’t overpower the fish, and was accompanied by some crunchy veggies which paired well with the sweet and gingery sauce.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to try the sushi because of my no carb constraint, but my friend said it was delicious too.


I absolutely must go back and try the Omakase, which I have heard nothing but good things about.

Let me tell you that I was really surprised by how much better Sushi Seki was than my experience at Nobu Next Door just a few weeks ago. You wouldn’t expect that a small “hole in the wall” restaurant in the upper east side would wow you so much more than the well known and trendy Nobu. I’m learning new things everyday living in New York City!

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Sushi Seki | | 1143 1st Avenue

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