By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.
Mira Sushi & Izakaya is a sushi bar located on 22nd street in the Flatiron District of NYC. It’s a bit pricier than the other sushi joints I’ve visited in the area, but the place is remarkably top notch.
Mira’s menu is fantastic. I had so much trouble deciding what to eat because I would have honestly enjoyed eating almost anything on the menu. From kobe beef to wild mushroom salad with truffle oil to lobster crawfish sushi, Mira’s extensive and creative menu has a little something for everyone.
I had togarashi fries, spicy wontons, an eel avocado roll, and salmon poké. The serving sizes were generous, the presentations were nicely done, and the food tasted fresh. All of the flavor pairings went well together.
My only real complaint regarding the food is that the happy hour menu felt like a bit of a scam. They offer a couple of “deals” for happy hour: you can select two or three dishes from their happy hour menu for a supposed marked down price, but the price is actually almost exactly the same if you choose the same two items from the main menu. At first, I was quite enticed by the happy hour menu, but when I looked at the regular dinner menu to see what else was offered, I noticed this flaw and felt like I’d been scammed. Bottom line: It’s not a happy hour special if the prices are the same.
An izakaya is by definition a Japanese bar that also serves food and Mira has a full bar and then some. The drinks I ordered were absolutely fantastic. I ordered a shochu cocktail on the rocks, first with fresh squeezed lemon juice and then with fresh squeezed orange juice. They were both great, but I thought the lemon juice paired better with the shochu than the orange juice. I’d be happy ordering either again.
The drinks on the happy hour menu were marked down, including several good quality beers for $4. I can’t complain about that one bit.
My waitresses were both attentive and friendly. They were also knowledgeable, patient with me when I couldn’t decide what to order, and happy to offer their own opinions.
The restaurant itself was well-decorated inside. I usually don’t find high barstools and tables comfortable to sit at for long periods of time, but these chairs were leather and quite comfortable. Even the restrooms were immaculate and well-kept.
Even though the restaurant is located in a busy area of the city, I felt a bit tucked away from it all regardless of the fact that my table was right next to the door. The block was mostly quiet and the restaurant’s acoustics were good too, so even when the restaurant grew busy I didn’t feel overwhelmed.
Overall, Mira Sushi & Izakaya is a great spot for those willing to spend a couple extra bucks on dinner and drinks. It may not be the great deal that Asuka is, but it’s pretty close to the whole package.