Sushi Lab Rooftop: A Delicious, Breezy, Covid-Conscious Return to the Omakase Dining Scene
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After being in quarantine for months and relying on pick up/delivery options to satisfy our sushi cravings, we were thrilled to hear that one of our go-to spots would be offering an outdoor dining option.
Situated atop the Sanctuary Hotel in which Sushi Lab's indoor bar resides, Sushi Lab's Rooftop Garden is a visually stunning, Instagram-ready escape from the city around it—or, you know, the same four walls that you've been staring at for five months.
Before your ascent you'll have to pass a temperature check and of course masks are required for entry.
Once you get to the top you are welcomed by warm lighting, earthy green vines against the cityscape beyond, and the heavenly smell of flame-seared fish from behind the bar. You have two options for seating: appropriately spaced garden tables or chef's counter seats separated by partitions. We went with the chef's counter to be as close to the action as possible.
The fare, as we've come to expect from Sushi Lab's ever-changing menu, was as exciting and delicious as always; although we appreciated delivery options, nothing beats eating fresh nigiri as intended directly from the chef's hands. We ordered our usual, The Lab Experiment - 15 courses made with the finest ingredients of the day. Standouts included light and buttery kanpachi, hotate (scallop) topped with uni and white shaved truffle, chutoro with caviar and gold flake, lightly torched and tender sumi-ika (squid) with finger lime, and an inspired bite of A5 wagyu on brioche toast with shiitake mushroom and wine-poached pear. If omakase isn't your jam they have plenty of rolls and a la carte options that you can order to your heart's content.
To accompany your sushi, Sushi Lab has curated a super fun menu of creative and refreshing cocktails such as their Blu-Shu Margarita, Sake Mojito, Cucumber Mist, and our personal favorite, the Spicy Toki.
COVID-19 safety measures abound, including:
• masks & temperature check for entry
• limited capacity & 6ft distancing between diners
• partitions at the bar
• waitstaff all wearing masks and gloves
• single use utensils and menus
• no cash payment
• disinfecting between all seatings
• open air and fans blowing
For being our first outing since March, we felt totally safe and were absolutely elated to be back in our happy place at the sushi bar. With summer chart toppers playing, NYC sushi lovers delighted to be dining out again, and delicious bites coming one after another, Sushi Lab's Rooftop Garden had a really great vibe and we will definitely be back soon!
Check out our original review of Sushi Lab's indoor bar here.