I’m a foodie because my parents love food and they’ve always exposed my sister and I to different cuisines from around the world. Ever since we were little, they would take us out to all kinds of restaurants around the city. I remember eating escargot at a French restaurant when I was 5 and eating sashimi like it was normal. Food is such a big part of our family and every great memory I have is of all of us eating together. So for my dad’s birthday and a belated Father’s day, we had him choose the restaurant. My dad chose Neta, a sushi restaurant in the West Village.
So let me just put it out there right away, this was hands down the best sushi I’ve ever tasted. Now, I must also preface by saying I haven’t been to many acclaimed sushi restaurants in NYC like Masa or Yasuda in its heyday. All these years, I’ve been eating at your average Joe’s sushi restaurants because really great sushi is expensive! In the last year, I’ve tried Blue Ribbon and Gari which were both good but Neta kind of blew every other restaurant out of the water.
Here’s what I loved about Neta…the sushi was hard core and legit. Neta, which means fresh ingredients was true to its name. The sushi was super fresh because all the seafood comes from local waters around the US. The head chefs, Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau are protégés of the sushi god Masa Takayama of Masa at the Time Warner Center. I loved that the decor was simple and zen and that Big Pimpin’ was playing in the background. It’s mind-blowing food in a no-frills atmosphere.
We did the $135 omakase which came out to about 11 courses. Each course was so simple yet exquisite. Every dish was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. The sushi was the best I’ve ever tasted. Not only was the sushi fresh but the rice was room temperature and the perfect consistency. Some stand out dishes were obviously the toro (fatty tuna) and the uni with scallops. Neta was truly a memorable dinner with impeccable service and incredible food. Here are some of my favorite dishes of the night…