9th street between 2nd and 3rd avenue has many Japanese eating establishments – Otafuku, Robataya, Cha-An – and Hasaki brings the sushi to this street. It has been around since 1984 and is located on the basement floor. Being that I’ve tried nearly all the eating establishments on this street, naturally I wanted to try this place out too.
Their menu features typical Japanese sushi / sashimi dishes with various daily specials. I wanted to try out their sashimi to see how it compares to other places like Yasuda, Sasabune, etc.
Sashimi omasake with the green tea snapper daily special. This had king salmon, bonito, red snapper, toro, and mackerel. I really enjoyed the king salmon which was soft and buttery. However, I found the toro to be disappointing since it wasn’t “melt in your mouth” and instead I had to chew through it.
Ohitashi was very good. It was like eating spinach sushi served with bonito flakes. The sesame seeds added another layer of roasted flavors which made this dish more interesting.
The grilled red snapper head was nicely tender but sadly there wasn’t enough of it.
This was the highlight of the meal – grilled banana with green tea ice cream. It was a perfect combination of a cold and hot dessert. The slightly bitter green tea ice cream complimented the sweetness of the grilled banana.
I’m not sure how often I would go back to Hasaki considering the price range, but it was a worth a try in this neighborhood full of Japanese food. However, I’m glad that I got to taste some decent sushi and some delicious dessert.
210 E 9th St Bsmt
New York, NY 10003