Neighborhood: Central Harlem
Venue: Sushi Bar
Atmosphere: Casual, Professional
Crowd/Scene: Yuppies, Harlemnites
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/1wgf2iu
Rating: 4 Stars
Jado Sushi is one of the many restaurants trying to convert Central Harlem into one of Manhattan’s premiere destinations for foodies. For those of you who don’t already know, Harlem’s Restaurant Row on Frederick Douglas Boulevard, from 110th to 125th Street, is full of great places to eat. Led by a group of Harlem restauranteurs and some community support, Restaurant Row, in my opinion, is doing much of what restaurants did for Hell’s Kitchen over the past 5-7 years.
But I digress…back to Jado Sushi. In terms of recommending this place to others, Jado is definitely worth a trip if you live in the area. Admittedly, the sushi isn’t going to blow your socks off as it might with some of the super expensive places in downtown Manhattan, but it is really good sushi.
So what did I have while I was there?
For starters, I had the edamame. Nothing out of the ordinary there, but I did appreciate them applying just the right amount of salt to the beans.
Then I had some of the Jado Fried Rice, which consisted of poached shrimp, egg, pork, chicken, scallion, vegetables and avocado. It was amazing…actually, it was better than amazing. It may be the one thing that should make you travel from outside of Harlem to try this place out.
Next up was the Sushi Medley, which came with a spicy roll and 5 pieces of nigiri sushi. The spicy roll was nothing special–good, but not great. However, the nigiri was excellent. The salmon piece was really good, and it tasted amazingly fresh, despite there be no economic rationale that it was. And the eel piece was also delectable, which is big props from me since I’m very particular about how I consume my eel.
In addition to the Sushi Medley, because I was in the mood for gaining 15 pounds that night, I also tried the Poseidon roll, which was made up of everything under the sea, including tuna, salmon, crab, scallop, avocado and surprisingly enough, Poseidon himself. It was an incredible mix of seafood within one roll, and I don’t think I’ve had such a variety of different pieces of seafood in my mouth at one time. The Poseidon Roll was well worth a try, and I’m glad I got it, despite the fact that it pushed my caloric intake way above the recommended amount told to me by my fancy Android app.
Last but not least, we can’t leave out the drinks. I only had 1 drink (one type of drink), and that was the Ginger Whiskey, which was comprised of Bourbon, Domaine de Canton, yuzu, ginger and grapefruit. While my intentions were to try several of their specialty cocktails, I couldn’t stop myself from re-ordering the Ginger Whiskey two more times. It was really good, and is probably going to be a flaw in my quest to become a food writer, because I will never get through an entire menu of any sort!
But that’s Judo! It’s a great place, with great food. It’s not the best sushi in ALL of Manhattan, but despite being well-above 59th Street, the sushi is well above average, and worth the trip if you’re in the area–or even if you just really like Fried Rice!