POW! He’s a white guy from California…he went to school in Florida…he moved to Texas where he ended up working with a sushi master–he learned sushi well from this guy…and now he is in the East Village of Manhattan here in New York City serving up delectable omakase sushi and cooked items that are more sustainable than traditional omakase sushi and cooked items. . .oh, and he has only been to Japan once for a brief vacation–WOW–let’s check this dude out and see what’s what.
Jeff Miller is his name…he calls his joint Mayanoki…we ask what Mayanoki means, he says, “nothing, my friends and I just made it up one night while drinking.” Love it!
While in Texas he developed a love for Japanese cuisine and sushi in particular…but, like many of us, he became concerned about the depletion of the most popular and traditional sushi ingredients: blue fin tuna, yellow tail tuna, snapper, uni, etc., and he is now trying to serve only local ingredients from the northeast U.S. in an effort to expand the palate of sushi lovers and widen the number of potential ingredients that will be acceptable to folks who love raw fish.
Jeff serves us triggerfish…in fact, he serves a wide variety of triggerfish that are all caught off the coast of New Jersey, and this stuff is good. There are lots of triggerfish in the sea so depletion of this resource is not a worry at the moment. . .he serves us uni from Santa Barbara–good that he is avoiding uni from Hokkaido which are quite over harvested, but the Santa Barbara uni is also over harvested…ah, what to do, what to do? This stuff is so delectable and tasty…I guess we can move on to the newer purple uni that is showing up in some restaurants…hmmmm.
Anyway, this guy is trying to do a good thing for the fish population while at the same time satisfying our appetite for tasty raw fish morsels, and we say that he is doing a fabulous job.
Everything the Jeff serves us is prepared with care, precision, and flare…we gobble every last morsel he presents to us. He works alone in his preparation…his girlfriend, Brianna, serves us sake and keeps all of our plates and serving platters fresh and clean as the meal progresses. We are very happy here…many thanks to both Jeff and Brianna–you guys ROCK!
Make your way down to Mayanoki located on East 6th Street between Avenues B and C…but make sure you reserve online ahead of time. There are only 8 seats at Jeff’s counter…he does two seatings per night…book your space, arrive on time, and ENJOY!
It’s lovely out there.