Friday, September 24, 2004

Mmmm, Sushi.

I wake up, I eat, I shower, I work, I sleep. These are the actions that make up my day. They are not always in this order, but usually, they all occur, eventually. This, as you can see, is not all that exciting, so I have been trying to come up with things to make my days more interesting. Things like this blog. Things like hanging out with (now gone) ISF. Things, if you haven't heard of it, is a website that lets lonely and/or bored people make up reasons (meetup groups) to meet up with people they don't know who share some common interest. Examples: writers meetup, bloggers meetup, parrot owners meetup. Last week I attended The Black New Yorker's Dinner Party Meetup at the Park Avalon, and had a fabulous time, so I thought I'd give another dinner meetup a shot--this time as organizer of the NYC Sushi Meetup! I don't know why I thought this was a good idea. I can't organize my sock drawer. But dang it, I love sushi, and I want to share that love with the world. Or at least with a small percentage of the NYC population. Which is how I found myself at 2nd on 2nd (27 2nd Ave., F or V at 2nd Ave.) this evening, sipping a choco-mandarin cocktail in the dim light, waiting for someone to show up for the party so we could get our collective grub on. TBNY showed up first, followed shortly thereafter by a friendly fellow named Karl. The first official Sushi Meetup was under way. Yay, sushi! We ordered drinks, and checked out the menu (which, though of dinner menu size and heft, incidentally, seemed to be devoted entirely to drinks, except for the very last page). Unfortunately, this was when I discovered that, despite the restaurant's listing under "sushi" on Citysearch and this graphic on the restaurant's web site, they don't sell sushi. Hell of a place to pick for a sushi meetup. So we finished our drinks and moved. In fact, we followed TBNY's and Karl's noses to Sushi Park (121 2nd Ave, F or V to 2nd Ave stop), and thank sassafrass we did. Sushi Park, while not spanktastic, was pretty darn good. It's actually a Korean-run restaurant, which means you can get jigae and sushi at the same time if that tickles your fancy. And if you spend more than $14 on sushi, it's half price! Yay, half price sushi! Of course, we did not realize this when we settled down to order, and frankly didn't understand why we were being given a 50% discount (I only just learned why here) even after we left. But we took the discount and ran, yessireebob. It almost seemed naughty. Halfway through the meal we were joined by Heavenly Diva, and in short order we were all chatting and chowing like old friends. I had the spicy combo maki, dragon maki and rainbow maki, and it was all very good, but at those prices, what I had is almost besides the point. The food was good, the waitstaff was friendly, and the company was great. HD and TBNY together are a force to be reckoned with, and Karl was a riot. By the end of dinner we were all laughing so hard we were in tears (I highly suggest that, should you ever meet TBNY, you ask her about her last karaoke experience. She even acts out the best parts). In all, despite the venue complication, I think we had a pretty good time, and I'll do it again. If you want to join us next month, click here.


At 9/24/2004 10:13:00 AM, Blogger Zantiferous3 said...

Dang, after all THOSE bad reviews I guess I'd give discounts too...sheesh!!! "Go only by gunpoint"??? DAMN...LMAO

That sounds like SO much fun - I would love to join - I come to NY every other month or so to visit my family - well, no, maybe every 3 months... about 4-5 times a year. But when I do come home, if you guys are having a get together, I would love to meet ya'll!!! If I ever do go, I'll probably be a little late, so just order me 3 Unagi, 2 Rock and Rolls, 3 california rolls, 3 shrimp tempura rolls (all maki) and a bottle of Sapporo. =)))

At 9/24/2004 08:32:00 PM, Blogger deborah said...

mmm mmm mmm. Im gonna sign up for a sushi meet up for when im in town. Now thats gotta be a deal... your getting an Aussie all the way for one of your party's. LOL

At 9/24/2004 08:46:00 PM, Blogger Sid said...

we'll convene especially for each of your visits, lol

At 9/25/2004 06:53:00 AM, Blogger TheBlackNewYorker said...

I don't know why the place got such bad reviews. I liked the slow service and the quirky waiters. It gave the place character. My dragon roll was delicious!

At 9/26/2004 11:57:00 PM, Blogger callalillies said...

I wanna come, too!!! I love sushi! I used to go to Akasaka once a week before I quit my job. Now, I go once or twice a month. But, next time I visit NYC, I'd like to join your gang.


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