My first visit last year shortly after they opened was a complete letdown food and service wise. Helmed by a very young chef albeit with a blue blooded pedigree, he was visibly uncomfortable and nervous back then.
Happy to report a year later, Amane is back in my good graces and competes comfortably in my top tier group of best high-end sushi bars in NYC. Chef Shion Uino was visibly more at ease in the space and confident compared to my previous visit. Additionally seems like he’s developed a strong following as half the diners in my seating were regulars. Rice was very strong, al dente with the requisite ‘sigh’ and you can discern every individual grain in your mouth. All the neta and otsumami were spot on too.
Minor quibbles - shame the space is the least impressive of the recent new heavy hitters, nori not the crispest compared to the best out there. Otherwise it was an excellent dinner.
Pro-tip: opt for the later 8:30pm seating. @PorkyBelly request the "deluxe (aka OOE) " course in your reservation.
Highlight - super crispy crunchy amadai (tilefish). Fried with the scales(?)
Highlight - uni tasting. Bottom left plate clockwise from left 1) Murasaki Uni from Kumamoto - shallow waters 2) Murasaki Uni from Kumamoto - deep waters 3) Bafun uni from Hokkaido. Bottom right picture - Deepest water Murasaki Uni. First impressions of the Murasaki uni - thought I was getting some past prime uni, frankly not the most presentable looking 'nads @Chowseeker1999 But wow, they were good - a more assertive uni flavor compared to the clean crisp Bafun variety. Flavors got more complex the deeper the unis were sourced.