300 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
Ideal for: Family Gathering, Friends Gathering, Celebration.
My brother always told me how good avocado tempura is. Yes, apparently frying avocado is a thing. And yes, I was not aware of it. The truth is, I started to eat sushi a few years ago, so anything sushi related is a kind of a new thing for me. Anyways, when my brother told me about avocado tempura I knew it was something I needed to try. After all, I am a millennial, and we LOVE avocado. *insert rolling eye emoji here*
When I went to New York, my friend asked me to find a place for us to get dinner. I know only a few places in New York, and when she said she was craving sushi I was blank. I, a Jewish Latina girl who prides herself on knowing all the cool food places, had no idea where to eat sushi in New York City. We did a small search on Google and found Asuka Sushi in Chelsea.
The decoration of Asuka is similar to any sushi place: bamboo walls, dark walls, and dimmed lights. It was extremely crowded, with only a few open tables for us to sit at. The menu, as the decoration, was fairly similar to others. Except this one had the famous avocado tempura I was dying to try. It comes in individual pieces, and you can choose other tempura options like asparagus, zucchini, kani and more. The avocado tempura was everything my inner millennial-jappy girl thought it would be. I can’t explain it other than deep fried avocado that tasted better than any avocado toast I have eaten before.
As always, and I mean always, I ordered salmon avocado maki with masago sashimi. I have eaten my fair amount of masago sashimi, and I have never seen such a bright red one in my life. The fish was so fresh, and the avocado was ripped to perfection. I wanted the roll to be tempura, or with tempura flakes which were not an option here. Either way, the roll was delicious and one that is worth coming back for.
The spicy tuna avocado hand roll was extremely good as well, although I needed more fish in it. I can barely handle anything spicy, and I have to say that this one, in particular, was extremely good. Yes, I chugged three cups of water afterward to calm the burning sensation of the spiciness, but it was worth it. I also tried a roll that had spicy salmon, avocado and masago, but this time the spicy sauce was too much for me to handle. The three cups of water were not enough, so I skipped on this roll and went back to my regular salmon-avocado roll.
Overall, this place was extremely good and although it was similar to other sushi experiences, the food was definitely above average.
Jewtina Tips: Order tempura a la carte! This way you don’t fight over the pieces you like the most!
Teenu- Disfruta- Enjoy!