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Michael Stipe eats at sushi speakeasy Sushi UO
March 25, 2010, 1:15 pm
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A few weeks back, Sara, Jilly, John and I were walking down Rivington in LES just as Michael Stipe stepped out of a cab. John was the first to spot (and correctly place) him, and he shout-whispered to the rest of us, “That’s the lead singer of R.E.M.” as we not-so-surreptitiously turned to look. A guy brushed past me, and the cab drove off. The guy who brushed past me was Michael Stipes, and he picked up his pace when he saw us beginning to fuss. Before we knew it, he had ascended a tiny staircase up to an apartment building at 151 Rivington. Maybe he has friends there?

As it turns out, those stairs lead to five month-old LES sushi spot Sushi UO, one of the NYC sushi places that serves spicy tuna on crispy rice. It is hidden away on the first floor of an apartment building on 151 Rivington, sort of like a sushi speakeasy. Yelpers and Menupage folk seem to think it’s great, but a tad overpriced. I haven’t been yet, but if it’s good enough for Michael Stipe, it’s probably good enough for me (the question of affordability is another issue altogether).

Eater reports that its 23 year old chef, David Bouhadana, is no longer with the restaurant. Not sure why he’s left, and not sure who has replaced him.

Click here for the menu.

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Great night, that was. Another classic gang-walking-around-the-streets kind of night, topped off by Mr. Stipe and Sugar Sweet Sunshine 🙂

Comment by Jilly

[…] way better than the $35 dinner for participating RW restos. Now you, too, can dine like Lady Gaga, Michael Stipe, and Drake (all spotted dining at UO in the past 4 months) without going broke. In two trips with […]

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