Noda ($285 pp) is now NOT including gratuity in their prices… that’s effectively a 15-20% increase in price, officially bumping it up to 2nd priciest omakase in NYC after Ginza Onodera dinner, and above Sushi Noz. I think right below Sushi Noz is Sushi Amane. Satsuki is now pricing down with a new chef (Anthony Inn - anyone know if he’s skilled / trained at the right places?)
This is getting really prohibitively expensive, especially since a lot of these places (including Noda) only offer around 10 pieces of nigiri, which is materially less than most high-end edomae omakase meals in Tokyo (that also charge less). Of course it’s more expensive to produce this in NYC with the cost of transporting ingredients and rent but it feels increasingly pushy.
Looking forward to the Yoshino opening and heard it’ll be around $300… wonder whether it’s going to include gratuity considering it’s in the high-rent Noho area. Gotta stick to Ginza Onodera lunches and Juku (if you’re with chef Kazuo, you can ask for the special extended $200 omakase with ~20 amazing pieces).