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[Photos: Joe DiStefano]

With the notable exception of Go Go Curry there is probably no Japanese restaurant in Manhattan more obsessed with New York Yankees left-fielder Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui than Go Sushi. Sports pages featuring Matsui are pasted above the sushi bar at this Saint Mark's izakaya, whose name means "five" in Japanese. To honor the newly minted MVP who has worn the number 55 since his days at the Yomiuri Giants, and in recognition of the Yanks World Series win, Go introduced the Yankee Roll. My team loyalties—such as they are—lie with the Mets, but only because I love Queens. Nevertheless, I decided to cast aside my loyalty to the home team and try the $5.50 creation.

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Truth be told, I'm a traditionalist when it comes to sushi, preferring to eat hand rolls or nigiri sushi made with fish. Nevertheless the Yankee Roll, with its filling of grilled beef yakiniku and lettuce was pretty good.

Note the tribute to the 27th World Series win spelled out in spicy mayo and the snazzy seaweed pinstripes. I'm still holding out for a Mets win next year along with a related food item.

Go Sushi

30 St Marks Place, New York City NY 10003 (map)
212-254-5510

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