Jado Sushi is the newest restaurant along the lower section of Frederick Douglas Boulevard, and I have been eying it ever since it opened. I recently had an opportunity to go there when a good friend missed my birthday, but promised me drinks as a result of missing it. Now drinks alone didn’t seem that appealing to me, so I asked for food instead! I love food. Good food is the best gift, and definitely a better option over getting drunk for no reason on a week night. That’s my new thing now, you’re one of my good friends, you miss my birthday, you owe me a fancy meal. I got one more coming up – a three-course meal and comedy show. Don’t think I forgot, Katie!
Kyle and I sat at the sushi bar to watch all the action of fish cutting, rolling, and garnishing. The chef moved almost mechanically, slicing the fish with a knife that seems like it could cut a flying mosquito in half in one swift motion. Our drinks came, I had the Ginger Whiskey with fresh ginger, Domaine de Canton, grapefruit, bourbon, and yuzu, and Kyle ordered the Black Dahlia, another spicy cocktail with lime, Fresno pepper, tamarind, agave, Mariposa liqueur, and shochu. Both were terrific cocktails! Just how I like them with a little bitterness and spice.
Their version of the miso soup was a bit confusing. It came in a dark broth instead of the usual clear one I’m used to. The giant chunk of tofu was fried and placed in the middle garnished with a plantain chip. I didn’t get the whole plantain chip idea. It looked better than it tasted, and it was a bit underwhelming. I wouldn’t order it again when I go there.
We shared the “sushi for two”, which came with an assortment of rolls and nigiri sushi for two. The cuts of fish were extremely fresh, and the rolls were seasoned to perfection. After not being satisfied with the miso soup, and the fact that they didn’t have a seaweed salad on the menu, I was pretty impressed by the quality of the sushi. We skipped dessert because there was no chocolate option.
Jado’s interior is dark and chic. It seems like the perfect date spot for Harlem if you choose to sit at a table, tucked away in the dark for more privacy. The sushi bar is more for single diners and colleagues. Some loud ladies were celebrating a birthday, and they seemed to enjoy the food and company. The sushi and cocktails are moderately priced. Sushi for two costs $45 and it was very filling. Each cocktail was $12, standard NYC cocktail prices. The service is attentive, and the sushi chefs were pleasant to chat with. I absolutely loved the atmosphere. I would say that Jado Sushi is a great addition to Harlem’s restaurant row.
Must try: Black Dahlia (cocktail)
Skip: Miso soup