We started with the lobster tempura, which was amazing. The pieces of tempura were large and crispy, and unmistakably lobster tail. They even placed the tail on top for a cool presentation.
The other hot appetizer ordered was the "chawanmushi", which is a steamed savory egg custard. The chawanmushi had bits of mushrooms and chicken and the texture of the custard was oh-so-velvety, but overall the dish was lacking in flavor.
The chirashi special was beautifully arranged and delicious. All the fish, including the uni (sea urchin) tasted fresh. I should also mentionthat at Hatsuhana, all their wasabi is freshly grated from the actual root! This makes quite a difference in taste.
The other entree ordered was the sushi special (middle tier as far as sushi entrees go). They had yellow tail and amber jack, and I chose the yellowtail with scallion for the roll.
As far as good quality traditional sushi spots that uses fresh, high quality ingredients, Hatsuhana is a solid choice. I visited the midtown location but both have gotten decent ratings.
(between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)
, (**reservations recommended**)