Sushi Katsuei opened earlier this month on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Third Street, in the space that was last home to Casa Ventura, and previously MIX and Barrio. It's an attractive, minimalist space, and early reviews have been nothing but fawning.
The restaurant has a 10-seat sushi bar and seating for 22 inside and about as many outside. The space has been completely remodeled, with a new floor and cream-colored walls and ceiling.
The menu features a few types of miso soups and salads, appetizers including shumai, gyoza, agedashi tofu, steamed monkfish liver, miso cod a la Nobu, tempura, and Japanese-style fried chicken, and a handful of kitchen entrees including teriyaki and tempura, but the real focus is on the sushi. There are 28 fish varieties and a handful of vegetable and special rolls; fish options include medium fatty tuna (no o toro unfortunately), hamachi, salmon, fluke, sea bass, two types of eel, uni, scallop, and oyster.
Individual pieces average $3, but for sashimi you need to order at least 2 pieces per fish. The way to go appears to be the omakase, where you leave your meal in the chef's hands. A sushi-only omakase costs $45 and a combo of sushi and sashimi costs $65, which is very reasonable for a meal that usually includes upwards of 20 pieces.
Early reviews are ncredibly glowing, with six of the seven Yelp reviews five out of five stars. Several say it's the best sushi in Brooklyn, and one calls it the best sushi she's had outside of Japan. While that might be a bit of hyperbole, it's still saying a lot: this sounds like some incredible sushi. Here's the menu; click on the photos for larger images.
Sushi Katsuei, 210 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215. Phone: 718-788-5338.