Fearing another disaster to come into the 3rd st/7th ave abode, my husband and i ventured into KATSUEI during it's 'slow opening.' When it was going up I remember thinking 'oh great, yet ANOTHER crap japanese restaurant' but boy was I eating my words tonight.
NB- i am IN NO WAY ASSOCIATED with the restaurant. I am just chirping as it was an INCREDIBLE experience and unlike anything I've experienced outside of Japan.
During their 'slow opening' (through Halloween i believe... not sure) they were offering for $25/person a mini (or for $45 a regular/large) selection of hand curated sushi straight from the sushi bar. Every piece was so delicious in every single way imaginable it nearly made me shiver.
The people working there are Japanese and absolutely lovely. It's exactly what 7th avenue has truly been needing. A top quality Japanese restaurant that is not just rice maki with the occasional sliver of day's old fish. My mouth is still watering.
The food is beyond exceptional (the sugarsnap salad is so crazy good i nearly pushed my husband away to grab the last bits) and the place/atmosphere aesthetically perfect.
I would recommend everyone run to have this incredibly special experience.
So much better than the proposed KFC....