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Bamboo 52


Sushi restaurants in Manhattan are about as ubiquitous as hot dog vendors, though one such eatery in 10019 has managed to distinguish itself from the raw and the uncooked. Head chef and owner of Bamboo 52, John Greco, built his restaurant by thinking outside the seaweed roll. For Greco, his livelihood is more of a lifestyle than a job. This is evident in the lengths he’s willing to travel to select the fish he uses. “I was in Alaska and Panama; now I’m heading to research more in Aruba.” Greco explains, “I care about the quality of fish that I serve to anyone who enters Bamboo 52.” If sashimi or nigiri were ever typical, Greco has put a twist on the ordinary and brought to life plates such as a Spicy Sushi Sandwich, Sushi Pancakes, and Salmon Lasagna. As on a tropical vacation, drinks come topped with umbrellas and kitschy palm trees. And with a sake menu the size of the continent on which it originated, Bamboo 52 can feel like one.

344 West 52nd Street, 10019


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