Kyu Sushi | Ukrainian Village/East Village | Asian, Japanese | Restaurant
Sushi restaurant in the former Buenos Aires Forever space.

Our Review

Say bye-bye Buenos Aires Forever (guess not) and hello Kyu Sushi. Spiffed up with a glass and glass-block facade, charcoal paint, a chest-high sushi bar (standing room only), and hardwood banquette decorated with red throw pillows, this little storefront has a hip vibe. But much of the business is takeout and delivery--it only seats 20-25. Still, we had no problem getting a weeknight reservation and were pleased by the sushi-focused menu, reasonable prices, and prompt, friendly service. Cold openers included a disk of tightly packed gomae topped with rich sesame-peanut sauce and a refreshing salad with little pieces of hirame ringing seaweed nd seeded cucumber in a light vinaigrette. Most of the hot appetizers were solid versions of the standards: pan-fried gyoza with a smooth pork filling, dainty beef and asparagus rolls glazed with sweet teriyaki sauce, piping-hot shrimp tempura served with soy-ginger and wasabi-mayo sauces rather than the usual tempura sauce. Our nigiri sushi featured thick cuts of fish--the mackerel was heavily pickled--on average rice balls, but no wasabi. A long list of maki ranged from negi hamachi with yellowtail and potent scallion to una avo, an inside-out roll of freshwater eel and avocado. Of our signature maki the most enjoyable was the Fire Drop, a tuna-topped inside-out roll stuffed with boiled shrimp spiked with masago mayo and chile oil. Hot entrees are limited to teriyaki, tempura, soft-shell crab curry, and udon noodles. For dessert: tempura green-tea ice cream or deep-fried bananas.

Anne Spiselman

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