Black – Ogunquit’s Newest Little Restaurant

On this rainy day in Ogunquit, it’s easy to think about how beautiful the past few days were – when people were chatting on the Village Food Market patio, walking with ice cream and generally enjoying a warm summer night in Maine.

And a great new spot to see the endless people watching of Ogunquit’s village center? Black – Ogunquit’s new Sushi House.

Opened by a local friend named Buzzy and located on Main Street at the Leavitt Theatre, those of us that went were really quite impressed. It takes a certain amount of nerve to just try a Sushi place – the cuisine being mostly raw fish and all – but knowing the owner’s excellent experience and great sense of hospitality, we walked right in.

Then out – since we discovered that we could sit outside and enjoy the warm evening. A nice surprise since the view is the length of Ogunquit’s downtown and all of its shops and storefronts. But don’t despair if you can’t sit outside. The inside of the restaurant is simple and clean and the huge glass windows will let you catch a glimpse of every passerby.

Now – onto the food. Delicious and very fresh. We started with the Trifecta salad and Edamame, then had the Yorker Roll and Veggie Roll. Finally, a strawberry flavored rice ball for dessert (By far the best ice dessert – you can eat it with your fingers and the flavor is much more intense than regular ice cream). Everything was excellent. Having tried quite a few Sushi houses in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast area, we found Black to be very fresh and very reasonable for pricing – especially with the good service and location.

One potential downside – Right now, it’s BYOB. However, if you find yourself at Black and have forgotten a bottle of wine, just head across the street to the Village Food Market and pick up one that you like. The Market has chilled whites, which works best with the fish, and the selection is both good and offers several price points.

So if you find yourself in the mood for seafood (and who doesn’t when in Maine!), but don’t want to mess with a lobster, a long wait, or fussy fine dining, try Black. Simple Sushi in Ogunquit – Excellent!

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