Guest of a Guest is excited to report that conveyor belt sushi is arriving in midtown Manhattan, at Sakae Sushi (on 43rd btwn. Lex & 3rd). I remember my wonderment (tempered with a twinge of dining panic) when I experienced “the belt” while visiting my friend Wingfield, who was living in London and studying acting. It was the late ’90’s and I was in my early 20’s. She and her “mates” were frequenters of Yo! Sushi, which employed the conveyor belt method of sushi delivery; they also had a robotic drinks cart that circulated the dining area. They used a system where the plates were color-coded, each color designating the price of the particular sushi or sashimi. She and her friends used to binge then slide a few of the plates in their bags to cut the cost of their meal. I went, but never had the courage to stuff a sushi plate down my pants to save a few bucks (quid?). I was mostly mesmerized by the drinks trolley that for some reason reminded me of K-9. So I’m curious to compare the experience with Sakei.
Semi-related: The other restaurant that Wingfield made me a convert of, Belgo, had an outpost here in the late nineties/early Aughts that summarily shuttered and is now the hiptard refuge Butter. I still miss that fucking place.