A new sushi spot takes its cues from the French
While we wouldn't normally pair foie gras with wasabi, a new Midtown restaurant is proving that the bistro and the sushi bar might not be as different as we thought.
Sushi Shop--credited with bringing the California roll to Paris--has been a fixture in the 16th Arrondissement for 14 years. Its first U.S. outpost, occupying a sleek, two-story space on Madison Avenue, serves sushi and sashimi with a decidedly French twist (goat-cheese-and-sun-dried-tomato rolls, anyone?).
Chef Jean-François Piège oversees the menu of caviar-topped sushi, fish tartares and cold soba noodle salads. Of the 150 maki-style rolls, try the Chili Crab ($6 for six pieces), with crabmeat, avocado and chili flakes, or the sweet Thai Style ($7 for six pieces) with shrimp, mango and crushed peanuts.
Don't be put off by the more far-fetched offerings: We loved the blue-chip-crusted Chicken Caesar ($7 for six pieces), with fried chicken, parmesan and lettuce, and the French Touch ($15 for six pieces), with foie gras, figs and almonds.
For now, delivery is available only within the 10022 zip code, but the $15 lunch special--which includes three maki rolls, miso soup and salad--makes it worth it to leave the office.
Sushi Shop, 536 Madison Ave. (at 54th St.); 212-840-5555 or mysushishop.com