Located in the Theater District of NYC, Natsumi is a restaurant and bar/lounge featuring Japanese-Italian fusion cuisine. The innovative menu relies on simple preparations with dynamic flavors. The restaurant is divided into two distinct areas: a cozy space with intimate booths and window seating, and a sushi bar where you can watch the chef up close. We went for an early sushi dinner before seeing a Broadway show.
We were a little confused by the entrance and went in the bar/lounge area first. But the main restaurant was just across the hall. We were seated at a cozy table that was fine for me, but a little cramped for Keith. It was Restaurant Week in NYC, so Natsumi had a special 3 course RW menu but we decided to order a la carte. The sushi offerings were typical and featured various creative rolls that seemed to fit an Americanized crowd.
|Photo via Natsumi website|
Next, we shared the Natsumi Sushi Set for $59 featuring 2 tuna, 2 salmon, 2 yellow tail, 2 eel, 2 super white tuna, 2 tobiko, tuna roll, California roll, yellow tail jalapeno roll, and spicy titanic special roll. It ended up being plenty of sushi for the two of us. I enjoyed the spicy titanic special roll that was topped with salmon and avocado. Additionally, Keith ordered a piece of otoro (fatty tuna) for $8 and yellow tail toro for $4.50 - a little pricey compared to other sushi restaurants.
While the nigiri were all fresh, there was nothing mind blowing about the fish. Service and food was pretty standard, but satisfying as a quick meal before seeing a show.
Total Rating: 3.9
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 3, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 5
What I ate:
Veggie and Shrimp Tempura
Natsumi Sushi Set
2 tuna, 2 salmon, 2 yellow tail, 2 eel, 2 super white tuna, 2 tobiko,
tuna roll, California roll, yellow tail jalapeno roll, spicy titanic special roll