Guest Post by Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent
I know plenty of people will disagree with me, but I went to Haru Sushi in Gramercy Park a few Sunday nights ago and was not impressed.Â Granted, I didn’t try a lot on the menu, but besides the edamame, I was quite disappointed in my food. I ordered the Crunchy Spicy Salmon Roll and the Tuna and Avocado Roll and found both to be tasteless, and the texture made me think the sushi was refrigerated too long.Â Maybe I’m picky, but I like my sushi to be served at slightly-colder-than-room temperature, so it’s not gross and hot, but yet lukewarm enough to keep the rice soft and let the flavors mesh. Unfortunately my rolls were cold and grainy without any blended flavors. Honestly, I couldn’t taste the difference between that sushi and the sushi I used to get at my college food market.
On the plus side, the dining atmosphere was nice with a large, dimly lit space, and they didn’t rush us, so I was able to take my time catching up with a friend, but that’s hardly reason enough to return. Rumor has it that the other Haru Sushi locations are excellent, so perhaps it was just the Gramercy Park spot, or maybe it was a fluke incident. I guess I’ll never know because I won’t be returning to any Haru Sushi location again. There are just too many good sushi places in Manhattan to be subjected to sub-par sushi. And to make matters worse, the prices are a bit on the higher end with regular rolls averaging about $6.75, special rolls ranging between $12-18, and dishes like Chicken Teriyaki and Mixed Tempura costing $17-$20.
The Basics Name: Haru Sushi – Gramercy Park Location: 220 Park Avenue South Who to take: Friends, Family, a Date Price: Typical NYC.Â $$ (for higher end of sushi)
Overall: I’d rather starve.Â One Star.