(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

East Villagers, if you’re searching for a new sushi standby following the closing of Sapporo East and Shima and the relocation of Sushi Lounge, newly opened Sushi Zayy might be a contender.

Taking over the space that previously housed Pudgie’s/Nathan’s/Arthur Treacher’s, the restaurant offers your regular soup/salad/sushi/sashimi/maki fare as well as a $40 omakase option. Things get interesting in the grilled chicken section, where there are copious options (thighs, hearts, neck, soft bone… pick your poison).

Oh, and there’s an interesting footnote on the menu, below: “We will charge $15 for when you bring the Coke, Bottle and etc in restaurant.”

Sushi Zayy, 57 First Avenue, bet. East Third and Fourth Streets, (212) 228-9516; open 11:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.