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10.01.2004

The Best Sushi in New York City: The Excel Spreadsheet

Epicurious has recently redone their site and they now have a food column called The Corner Table. They recently got the scoop on a (brilliantly) obsessive Wall Street Stockbroker's pride and joy -- a 91 line excel spreadsheet ranking sushi restaurants in Manhattan. This may be old news to Manhattan-ites just like the law clerk who wrote the long brief on take out restaurants but I think it's great. Don't ask me how this guy manages to eat sushi sometimes up to 6 times per week (I like it too, but not that much) but the thing is a work of anal-retentive culinary obsession that has to be seen to believed. And lest you think I'm badmouthing it, I should tell you its already on my PDA for handy access next time I'm in the Big Apple.

Here's the story.

Here's a PDF of the spreadsheet.

Comments (4)

chuck wrote:
01.15.05 at 9:40 PM

i've eaten as Kuruma Zushi and Sushi Yasuda (#4 & #3, respectively, on the list.)

i would reverse the order - Zushi was slightly better in terms of food.

i sat at the bar in zushi and enjoyed toro, bonito, and a variety of other fresh fish. there was only one other party in the restaurant at the time. lunch cost $120/personl.

yasuda was a "hipper" place w/ its very sleek modern design - it was also bustling. they had up to 7 different varities of toro (i opted for the highest grade.) price was similar as zushi - $100 for lunch.

Paul D wrote:
04.16.06 at 7:15 AM

I cannot describe how ridiculous this is - it is meaningless!! You have no idea if this guy is a complete idiot, has no palate, etc.

I have looked at the list (which is all it is - a list) and I see absolutely no evidence that this guy has a discernable talent for understanding or recommending Japanese food. Some of the recommendations are comical:

Comments like "very japanese"!!! - ooohhhh, how inciteful!(Citarella, Geisha, etc,) These places are soooo bad, in terms of sushi, only a roll-ordering, salmon/tuna-centric nitwit would recommend them. No self respecting TRUE sushi-chef would even give him the better fish that they have.

If this is what people want though I can provide an anonymous 100 top wine list and fill it with a bunch of crappy California Cabernets!!

fifilaroach wrote:
11.05.06 at 5:52 PM

Thanks! I'll check it out

Steve wrote:
11.21.09 at 2:30 PM

Thanks for this link - it came in handy picking a place for my last date.

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