Prime Sushi is definitely a first of its kind type of place, and one that many in the Jewish community have been clamp ring for. Located inside Promenade, a non-kosher sports bar & grill, Prime Sushi at the Promenade is a kosher sushi bar that is not open on Shabbat & chagim.
In fact, the owners of the sports bar do not have access to the sushi bar, only he frum owner & supervising rabbi have keys to open and close the kosher area. Behind the kosher sushi bar contains all of the food and equipment necessary to prep sushi. All facilities and storage areas are kept completely separate from the non-kosher bar kitchen. To ensure full compliance with kashrut, they even serve everything on (nice) paper plates to ensure no mixing of dishes or cutlery (mainly chopsticks) with the rest of the facility.
I was very impressed with the lengths Prime Sushi has gone to offer truly kosher food in a fun, non-traditional environment, meeting the needs of the local, young Jewish population.
Currently, the sushi bar is open from 4pm — 1am Sunday – Thursday, but will be expanding its hours to include lunch (opening at 11:30am) towards the end of the summer. They also open after Shabbat for the late night crowd.
The location of Prime Sushi expands the current limited options for Jewish residents of Kips Bay, students of nearby Baruch College, as well as professionals working in the area.
As for the food, a rotation of sushi chefs prepares a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi, special rolls, platters, kani & seaweed salads, and more. Rolls can be ordered with black, brown, or white rice. Platters can be designed, and the one I tried came with a bed of seaweed salad underneath the sushi rolls which was a delicious surprise.
Kashrut supervision is under Rabbi Fishelis of the Lower East Side.