Walk too quickly down west Eighth Street and you might just hit Sixth avenue before realizing that you walked right past Neta. The unassuming sushi bar from Masa alums Nik Kim and Jimmy Lau is known for their quality sushi and modern Japanese small plates sits behind the block of light grey curtains and nondescript black facade. The narrow minimalist space is sparsely decorated with wood and granite. Tables are set up in the front and on the side wall but the centerpiece of the dining room is this the long maple topped bar which also happens to where the best seats are since one can observe the entire space as well as artful food preparations in the bustling open kitchen.
We ended up dining there at lunch during Restaurant Week and yes if you're wondering, their RW menu does include dishes that are on their regular menu. We commenced our meal with the sushi and a spicy tuna roll. Both were delicately prepared and presented and delicious. The sake ikura donburi and bigeye akami tuna poke bowl were enjoyably fresh and flavorful. The dropoff was at dessert which we probably wouldn't have bothered with if they weren't included. The monaka ice cream sandwich which was supposed to be a play on peanut butter and jelly was weird and the green tea panna cotta was cloyingly sweet with an odd grainy texture. Despite that, it was still a satisfying dining experience with personable and attentive service and it was fun to watch the chefs at work with deft precision. We would return to try their omakase but definitely pass on dessert.
61 West 8th Street
New York City
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