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BWW Review: MAKIMAKI in Midtown for Premium Sushi that is Creative, Delicious, and Affordable

BWW Review: MAKIMAKI in Midtown for Premium Sushi that is Creative, Delicious, and Affordable

MakiMaki has recently opened on 6th Avenue, between 55th and 56th Streets, offering premium Japanese rolls to the delight of sushi lovers. Stop by this stylish eatery for the finest sushi rolls, hand rolls and beverages. Tempting menu items are made right before your eyes using the freshest ingredients, perfectly prepared and presented.

We like that MakiMaki offers options to takeout or you can eat-in at their cozy bar space that overlooks the bustling avenue. The Midtown neighborhood is ideal for relaxing out of doors, at Central Park, or at the local indoor common spaces. And stop by before the theater for a quick bite.

We visited MakiMaki for lunch on a Sunday and enjoyed a few of our favorites and some house specialties. There is a great selection of Maki and Hand Rolls listed on the menu and you can customize your order with additional sauces and ingredients that include avocado, cream cheese, shiso leaf, tempura flakes, kanpyo, or scallion for a small cost.

A top recommendation is their Bluefin Toro with a cut of fatty Bluefin tuna, shiso leaf and cucumber. The Spicy Crab is a selection to be relished with blue crab, kanikama, mayo, chili oil, and masago. And don't miss favorite like Shrimp Tempura that has shrimp tempura, cucumber and mayo or Spicy Tuna with minced tuna, mayo and chili oil. For those that prefer, there are vegetarian options that include the Avocado or Vegetarian rolls.

MakiMaki offers a unique "TEMAKI Plastic Handroll" that wraps around your sushi hand roll to keep the seaweed wrap crisp and tasty until you are ready to eat it. They are the only sushi restaurant in the New York area to use this clever, well-designed serving item.

Pair your sushi selection with exclusive custom blended teas by Hon Yama, an 800 year-old company that once supplied the shoguns of Japan. Never before sold in New York, teas include sencha, traditional green; genmai, green tea with roasted brown rice; soba, roasted buckwheat; hoji; roasted green tea. We found their Iced Matcha Latte to be smooth and delightfully refreshing. They also serve a Matcha Ceremonial Shot, Matcha Latte, Iced Matcha Americano, yuzu lemonade and soy or almond milk.

MakiMaki has pricing that is just right. Maki rolls start at $6 for 8 pieces and hand rolls start at $4. Just another reason to visit and enjoy the finest sushi.

Owner Kevin Takarada and his staff have created a very special restaurant, a destination for meals whenever you're in Midtown. They are open daily for lunch and an early dinner service.

MakiMaki is located at 1369 6th Avenue (between 55th and 56th Streets) New York, NY 10019. They can accommodate large orders when placed in advance. Call them at 212.245.4550 and visit their web site at You can also contact the owner, Kevin Takarada at

You can follow MakiMaki on Facebook and on Instagram @makimakinyc.

Photo Credit: Michael Tulipan

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