Restaurant Review: Sushi Seki Times Square, New York City

Sushi Seki's whiskey and sake bar

By Paul Riegler on 21 May 2019
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The variety of restaurants in New York City’s Theater District continues to grow, making pre-theater dining a treat rather than a tired ritual.

With the opening of Sushi Seki Times Square, the flagship restaurant of a group of three – the others are in Chelsea and the East Side – theatergoers can treat themselves to flavorful, carefully prepared, and varied sushi that is almost as much of an event as the show they are about to see.

Run and named after Chef Seki Shi, who honed his craft at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, Sushi Seki started with the opening of its East Side location in 2002 and opened its second location, in Chelsea, in 2014.

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The night of my first visit, I almost didn’t make it thanks to the torrential downpour that hit the city, but the trains ran on time and my dining companion and I managed to arrive only a few minutes late to a very warm welcome that I noticed each diner receives upon entering the establishment.

Entering Sushi Seki the diner is faced with a sushi bar with one of Chef Seki’s top lieutenants presiding. The main dining room is towards the rear, with another sushi counter and an open kitchen.

Upstairs there’s a whiskey and sake bar where, appropriately enough, the beverage menu resembles a Playbill program, as well as several private tatami dining rooms.

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