A new sushi and ramen restaurant has opened its doors at 21 West End Avenue, between 60th and 61st Streets.
Suram – named for the combination of its sushi and ramen menu – brings a long-time sushi chef to the area with the backing of a tested and local favorite. (Thanks to Katie Lorene Havener for the tip).
Head chef Frenky Indarto, formerly of the iconic West Village spot Sushisamba, has the full trust of owner Jonah Phillips (also owner of Pastrami Queen and Friedman’s). “He’s the man. He is sourcing excellent fish. We’re very excited,” Jonah tells us.
Some of Indarto’s creations have quickly become customer favorites. The salmon carpaccio, yellowtail jalapeno, and the crispy rice are all hot items, according to the wait staff. The full menu offers a variety of hot and cold options with three types of ramen, over 15 types of rolls and sushi, and sushi bar entrée options that include unagi don, chrashi, and tricolor sushi.
Suram also has eight different choices of its signature maki with tuna (spicy or crunchy), shrimp tempura, and salmon. Diners 21 and over can enjoy four different kinds of sake as well as wine and beer.
The restaurant currently seats 16 inside and has outdoor seating available. But Suram is open to change. Phillips mentioned that there may be room for three tables indoors but wants to listen to the restaurant’s guests and respond based on their feedback.
“We believe in the Upper West Side and know the neighborhood, Phillips said. “It needed a sushi restaurant and it felt like this was the spot.”
Suram is located at 21 West End Avenue between West 60th and West 61st Streets. The current hours are subject to change, but Phillips said “P.M. only for now from about three o’clock to nine. Closed Mondays and maybe 12-9pm soon.”
There is no official website yet, but delivery is expected to start next week. Customers can reach the restaurant at 212-557-1000.
Note that the menu says cashless, but Jonah said that is no longer true because he didn’t bank on the kids from the local schools coming in with cash.