Sushi is one of those things, like coffee: It starts out good and honest and pure, and then it gets overexposed and ends up at supermarket checkouts smelling ripe. It takes a strong hand to remind us why we we like it so much. Returning sushi from the 1/2 price lunch counter is Neta, a serene West Village sushi den from a pair of chefs formerly operating at Masa and Bar Masa, serving omakase and a la carte sushi to 20 people at the bar and another 20 in the dining area. In addition to sushi and sashimi, they're also doing small plates like Spanish mackeral tataki (myoga vegetable salad, tempura flakes, ginger soy), seasonal rice with crispy baby icefish and salted mizuna, and roast duck with crispy skin, foie gras, grilled scallion and a cucumber cup. During spring, look out for the cherry blossom flavored mochi, which the chefs pound out by hand. You think they pound mochi at Whole Foods? We didn't think so.
61 W 8th St, near 6th Ave