I enjoy sushi and trying new types of fish, but I am a relative novice; I know enough not to saturate quality sushi with excessive wasabi and soy sauce, but haven’t yet learned all of the nuances of very high-end sushi. My visit to Tanoshi was, in fact, my first proper omakase, and one of the most appealing aspects of the restaurant was how approachable the environment was, even for a newcomer like me.
Our sushi chef was Oona – whom we recognized from the Eater NY video series hosted by David Bouhadana (of Sushi Dojo fame), “Shokunin” – and she was wonderful. She asked about how much experience we had had with omakase, what types of fish we liked, allergies, etc., without making us feel embarrassed by our lack of knowledge. Everything we ate was delicious, and we even ordered a few extra pieces a la carte. Because Tanoshi is a more casual restaurant, the prices are more affordable than some of its more formal peers, which is a real plus. With such a tasty service, my only real complaint was the trek up to 73rd and York, but it was definitely worth it. Perhaps next time we’ll have the opportunity to dine with head chef Toshio Oguma, even though Oona was fabulous and we would love to have her again too!
A few helpful tips for dining at Tanoshi include:
1) Tanoshi is BYOB, and if you’ve forgotten to pick up a bottle you can head across the street to East River Liquors for your wine / sake needs.
2) There are two sides to the restaurant, so you must specify if you have a preference .
3) They have three seatings per night: 6:00pm, 7:30pm and 9:00pm. The early and late seatings are obviously easier to book, but with the late seating you run the risk of them potentially running out of some of the a la carte specials depending on what the diners before you order.
- Rating: 4/4 Stars
- Pricing: $$$ (Zagat)
- Food: Sushi
- Dress Code: Casual
- Neighborhood: Yorkville / Upper East Side
- Website: www.tanoshisushinyc.com
- Instagram: None, but you can view photos here
Rating System Guidelines:
4 Stars: outstanding, cannot wait to return
3 Stars: great, would be happy to return
2 Stars: good, though not necessary to seek out
1 Star: forgettable, ought to dine elsewhere
My rating is meant to account for not just the quality of the meal and experience, but also the value, without favoring the ultra expensive. In other words, a high-end restaurant (e.g. Del Posto) and a casual eatery (e.g. BaoHaus) can both receive 4/4 stars, even though they are extremely different atmospheres and the former is clearly “nicer.”