Whether you’re looking for a revelatory dining experience or a leisurely lunch joint, these seven NYC sushi spots are our top picks.
Our country is getting sushi-fied. Since the 80s, America’s love for the Japanese cuisine has swelled, with chefs continuously discovering new techniques and opening eateries to accommodate demand. Everyone knows how seriously New York takes its food and sushi is no exception.
From the casual to the luxurious and the traditional to the avant-garde, each sushi chef has their own style, and each restaurant has its own unique take on the versatile rolls. If your taste for sushi is insatiable, you’re in luck: the city is brimming with sushi spots on every corner, so you’re sure to find something you can roll with.
Make sure you’re getting the most out of your meal — check out one of these seven restaurants for some of the best sushi you can get!
Whether you’re an expert or a newbie in the world of sushi, this Midtown East joint will lure you in with its top-notch, affordable dishes and welcoming waitstaff. Hatsuhana’s simplicity has earned it many accolades, though one seems to get particular attention. The Box of Dreams, a large box containing nine bowls filled with various fish on beds of sushi rice, gets legendarily rave reviews. Come for lunch, dinner, business or pleasure — Hatsuhana is great for all.
Sushi of Gari
Sushi of Gari serves classic sushi with a spin. Unusual dressings and toppings are the calling card here, like the shrimp and vegetable tempura appetizer and the omakase (or chef’s choice) topping the list of favorites. Chef Matatoshi “Gari’” Sugio has schooled sushi chefs across New York on the tricks of the trade, so you know you’re getting some of the greatest sushi in town!
If you’re a lover of good sushi minus the frills, Kurumazushi is the place for you. Traditional and unostentatious — a spare bar with a few plain tables, located on the second floor of an unassuming building — Kurumazushi is a masterfully hidden gem in Midtown East.
Although many complain about the cost, it’s very possible to eat a-la-carte and skip the intimidating price tag. If their dinner price range is still unpalatable, indulge in their $25 lunch special.
The plain bamboo interior of Sushi Yasuda stands in barren contrast to the extraordinary cuisine it delivers. The chefs, warm and helpful, prepare each dish with individual care, noting your level of sushi experience and unique tastes. Since the fish is such a high quality, past customers recommend being adventurous; try something new, and savor every bite. And its only a few blocks away from the Fifty NYC.
$45 omakase? That price is the standard at Sushi Yasaka, a treasure on the Upper West Side. Promising unparalleled sushi bang for your bucks, this spot marries solid customer service and ambiance with excellent sushi for a feast that is unlikely to disappoint — nor to break the bank.
Another more wallet-friendly favorite is Kanoyama, a small space in the East Village featuring first-rate notables like the Asari miso soup and sushi/sashimi combination platters. More casual and accessible than many comparable sushi restaurants, Kanoyama is a lively spot adored by locals and visitors alike.
Travel & Leisure calls Masa “one of the most premier dining experiences in the world,” and patrons agree. If you’re a connoisseur searching for the sushi of your dreams, allow Masa’s chef to take you on an immaculate journey through his nightly omakase selections. While pricey, the general consensus is that Masa is worth it. It’s once-in-a-lifetime experience; this is some of the best sushi you’ll ever eat.
Try out any one of these hotspots on your next visit to NYC. Wherever you are and whoever you’re with, there’s bound to be a sushi experience that will satisfy your craving!
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