Japanese: Zen

Eating Out

Whaaaa? Half-priced sushi? NoshGirl, you so crazy.  I know, jumping at a discount for raw fish sounds like a bad idea.  Sometimes it is.  (Note to self, never have all-you-can-eat sushi on a cruise, ever again!  Let that be a lesson to you)  However, I’ve been going to Zen for sushi for a few years now, and I turned out just fine and dandy.  Soooo, if you’re willing to subject your stomach to some frugally-priced sushi in the name of a bargain, Zen is the place to go.

Following in the vein of cheap-but-good food, I first discovered Zen as a poor student.  Back then, my stomach was a bit stronger, and more importantly, my sense of food smarts was a little less inhibited.  Combine the two, and I was a regular at Zen.   Here’s the dealio:

Each person in the party orders $16 worth of sushi, and then you get half price.  So, I had an eating buddy with me, so there were two of us.  We ordered $16 each, so we had $32 worth of sushi. You with me? Then, it was half price.  So, the two of us ended up gorging ourselves on $32 worth of sushi for the mega-low price of….$16!   I know I’m not explaining this well, but I hope you catch my drift.  Bottom line – it’s half price.

I usually stick with the rolls here, which are pretty good.  The menu titled “New York POP Creation” has their more  inventive stuff – I’m not sure why it’s called POP, but there you have it.  We ordered the  crunchy crab and mayo (crab stick, fish roe, tempura flake, mayo), golden dragon (eel, avocado, mango), camellia (crab, fish roe, mayo with tuna, salmon), and the spider (fried soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber and fish roe).  Everything tasted fresh, the rolls were neatly prepared, and the service was prompt.

For $22 (includes tax and tip), my eating buddy and I were fairly stuffed with pretty good sushi.  Is there better sushi out there? Surely.  Is there a better sushi deal out there? (One that you’ll want to eat, that is).  Not that I know of.

Half-priced sushi that you’ll want to eat.


31 St. Marks Place (btw 2nd/3rd Ave)

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    Charlene @ Sweetchic
    November 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Why must you kill me with your pictures of yummy food?! I <3 sushi, but gravitate more towards nigiri. But yummmmmy!

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    San Jose Love
    November 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    you explained it very well. So if you dine by yourself and order $16 worth, will i tbe $8 or is it for 2 or more diners? Loves sushi and loves deals, I'd eat that!

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    honey my heart
    November 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    not a bad deal. i've been a fan of ok quality, economically priced sushi because it satisfies the craving without breaking the bank 🙂

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    November 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    looks pretty good for half price.

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    M and C
    November 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    We love Sushi. We usually get a cheap sushi fix by going to happy hour.

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    November 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    These sushi looks really good. Great to have place that serve cheap and good food!

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    November 18, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    San Jose Love, I don't think there's a dining minimum, so if you can eat $16 worth of sushi by yourself (easy peasy, right?) it will be $8!

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    November 19, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Sounds like the best two-for-one deal I've heard of yet. I would have to go alone though, no one will ever eat sushi with me! Waah!

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    November 19, 2010 at 3:31 am

    There's an awesome sushi place near my gym (ruh roh! I have to avoid the gym just so I can avoid spending all my dollars there), but they don't have half price sushi. Tear.

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    November 19, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I am a huge sushi fan, but agree with some of the others that the prices can really do you in. Half price sounds like a dream. My favorite sushi place in SF is quite pricey, so I settle for the not-as-good-though-still-yummy option that's closer to my apartment. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

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    November 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Wow. That sounds like heaven. I would like to say more, but heaven's perfect. And that sounds like heaven.

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    November 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Wow that is a fab deal!

    Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

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