After having tried Masa the last time in New York, I wanted to try a different sushi place in New York on my most recent trip. A few readers had mentioned Shuko was a good one to try, and so I was able to make online reservations at the bar about a week in advance (albeit at a 6PM time slot.)
Our Uber driver dropped us off and we probably walked by it a few times before finding it; the entrance is pretty discrete. Once we walked in, we noticed a long sushi bar in a dimly lit room that could probably seat ~20 people. There were 3 tables behind us, and we saw one couple eventually occupy one of the tables. My wife and I chose the kaiseki option after we confirmed it came with all the omakasa option PLUS EXTRA (I was worried you only got a portion of the omakasa option.) We also ordered a bottle of sake to go with our meal.
You can see that there are about ~6 sushi stations and each station has a chef that will prepare your sushi. Our chef (not pictured) spoke a little bit of English, and he told us he used to apprentice at Masa. He was a very entertaining chef. At one point, the couple next to us mentioned he doesn’t eat uni, and I mentioned I wasn’t a fan of it. Then the chef prepared our next piece; I ate it and it was a very odd texture (oyster like.) I wasn’t a huge fan of it, and it turns out it was a scallop sperm sac. BOOM! The chef described the taste as a mix between uni and an oyster, which sounds about right.
All in all, I enjoyed the meal. I liked the kaiseki portions of the meal (especially the lobster soup.) I thought the apple pie at the end was kind of weird at a sushi place, but whatever. If you’re in New York, I’d give this a go. I probably won’t go back though (esp after seeing the receipt again just now.) Pictures below. I didn’t post all the nigiri pictures. You can guess which one was the scallop sperm sac.