Best Downtown Sushi (2008)

Takahatchie

Though wonderful places like Tomoe Sushi, Taka, and Hasaki vie for this coveted award, the golden chopsticks go to TAKAHATCHIE this year, long a hipster hang along the dry food gulch of Avenue A. Skip the elaborate nori rolls like dragon and spider, and go straight to the xeroxed daily specials, which often run to two dozen selections. The standout on a recent evening was a salad called aji carpaccio, featuring luscious hunks of horse mackerel heaped with shredded greenery and dotted with—could it be true?—aged balsamic.

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