We attempted to find relatively cheap sushi in the Theatre District for our pre Bill Maher show dinner and this lead us to Shimizu Sushi & Sochu Bar at 318 West 51st Street (between 8th and 9th). We started with Miso Soup and then shared the Regular Sashimi Platter, a Spicy Tuna Roll and a California Roll. The sashimi and sushi was fresh and precisely prepared. The restaurant was simple, modern, clean and also practically empty. In the end the location was great but the food was a little pricier than expected and nothing distinguished it from similar options just around the corner.
What was most memorable is what I’m seeing more often throughout the service industry. A feeling of sorrow and desperation has replaced most individual’s usual insolent and unenthusiastic demeanor (except this peace happy sushi chef below!). The effects of the economy can be seen everywhere and more often I'm left feeling guilty for my cheapskate antics.