Some people love sushi and others loathe it. However, the interesting thing is that those who aren't particularly fond of it usually haven't experienced it at its best. There's a huge difference between getting sushi at your local supermarket counter and having it prepared fresh. Especially by individuals who've dedicated their lives to learning how to do it properly. The truly great restaurants source their products from fresh sources on a daily basis. Below are 20 of the very best sushi restaurants in all of New York City. Whether you love sushi or not, you owe it to yourself to try at least a few of these out and see what you think.
20. RA Sushi Bar Restaurant (433 Amsterdam Ave)
This is definitely one of the more interesting restaurants of its type in the area. In addition, it's one that's constantly growing, as evidenced by the fact that they just acquired a brand new location on Haru Ave. They offer most traditional sushi dishes and the food is top-notch. The thing that really sets this particular restaurant apart is that they make ordering as effortless as you're ever going to find. You can order online and decide to pick it up yourself, but they also do delivery and even provide curbside pickup, something that they have decided to keep after they introduced it during the pandemic.
19. Sushi of Gari (402 E 78th ST)
This little restaurant on the Upper East Side has a great deal of class, both with regard to its atmosphere and the food that is served there. As a matter of fact, they have a chef that specializes in these types of dishes who constantly creates new and innovative products. That means that you can find things here that you can't always find at similar restaurants around the city. Of course, the food is excellent and the service is almost as good as the food. It's easy to see why this has become a favorite for so many people.
18. Sushi Ishikawa (419 E 74th ST)
This is one of the best sushi restaurants in the city and it's also a place where you can go to get truly traditional Japanese cuisine. As a matter of fact, they're very particular about keeping with tradition. As a result, you're not going to find a lot of dishes that incorporate non-traditional methods of preparing meals, nor will you find menu items that don't include traditional ingredients. If you love sushi and you consider yourself something of a purist, then this is the restaurant for you.
17. Sushi Noz (181 E 78th ST)
This is one of the more high-end restaurants, but don't let that turn you off from going there. As a matter of fact, it's probably one of the best experiences you could ever choose to give yourself, especially if you don't routinely consume sushi. People tend to have a misconception about the way sushi tastes. For many, they're done the minute they figure out that it consists of fish and other similar ingredients that haven't been fully cooked. The truth is, it's not only safe but also delicious, provided it is prepared correctly. A restaurant like this is a great first experience because it can completely change your mind about eating sushi.
16. Sushi Seki (1143 1st Ave)
This particular restaurant is only open for dinner, so you won't find a lunch menu here. That being said, they also prepare the more high-end types of menu items that you would expect to find at other competitive restaurants. The end result is food that is absolutely delicious and well prepared, something that is critically important when you're dealing with sushi. The atmosphere is relaxing and if you're interested in take out, they also have that available.
15. Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar (1372 York Ave)
This is easily one of the smallest sushi restaurants in the city, yet it's also one that has an excellent reputation. It's not cheap, so don't expect to go there to get a meal at a bargain price. In fact, they only use premium ingredients and they prepare everything fresh right in front of you so it would only stand to reason that you would have to pay for such high quality. Whether you are extremely picky about your sushi or you’ve never even had it before, this is a great place to eat because it will not only meet your expectations, but exceed them.
14. Kanoyama (175 2nd Ave)
There's a reason why this restaurant is routinely ranked between 4 and 5 stars. A lot of people are surprised by it at first glance because it's in a location that looks like a place that would prepare very basic dishes as opposed to anything that's more high-end. In a way, this is true. They don't have a lot of the flashier dishes or the more progressive plates like some other sushi restaurants do. However, everything is prepared from the highest quality ingredients and it's always fresh. They definitely know what they're doing, so if you're looking for more mainstream menu options, then you're not going to be disappointed here. It's also worth noting that they have a large number of vegetarian options available, something that you can't always find with some other restaurants.
13. Sushi Sasabune (401 E 73rd ST0
This is another restaurant that routinely achieves five stars, and for good reason. They have dedicated shifts that have spent their entire professional lives perfecting their craft. They routinely create special dishes that can only be found here, including a number of vegetarian options. In addition, you can enjoy a little more flexibility when you're ordering because they have an extensive a la carte menu. This is a great option for anyone who wants to try several different things in one setting, especially for those who aren't entirely familiar with sushi. Being able to order in this manner gives you the chance to experience a number of different preparations as opposed to just going with a single item.
12. Sushi Nakazawa (23 Commerce St)
The thing that people love about this particular restaurant is that they can get large orders that have several different preparations included in that single order. This means that you have the opportunity to enjoy more items than you could at most other restaurants. It also provides an excellent option for individuals who are having parties or hosting other events where they need more options and larger preparations than what you might find where you can only order one menu item at a time. Of course, the food is top-notch and the restaurant is capable of handling these large orders in a relatively short amount of time, so you don't ever have to worry about the food not being fresh.
11. Sushi Zo (88 W 3rd ST)
You might not think that so many people would flock to this restaurant because it's dine-in only and they are very traditional in the types of sushi that they prepare, but it routinely gets roughly four and a half stars in reviews. That's largely because the food that they prepare is literally second to none. You may not be able to order take out here, but once you taste it, you’ll want to come back for their dining options again and again.
10. Shuko (47 E 12th ST)
This is easily one of the most elaborate sushi restaurants in the entire city. If you really want to try your hand at the more inclusive menu options that have several different items available in one sitting, this is something you can do here. However, they also have much more specialized menu options that take things to an entirely new level. It's one reason that it's consistently rated as one of the best sushi restaurants in all of New York.
9. Sushi Azabu (428 Greenwich St)
There are a lot of things that make this restaurant special, not the least of which includes the intimate atmosphere. It's located in a rather small building that's actually underneath the street level, giving it an entirely different feel when compared to virtually everything else out there. However, that's not where the things that make it special end. Everything prepared there is crafted from chefs that have learned how to prepare traditional sushi for the majority of their lives. Furthermore, all of the ingredients are flown over fresh from Japan, each and every day. You can't get much more authentic than that unless you want to hop on a plane and travel to Japan yourself.
8. Sushi Ginza Onodera (461 5th Ave)
This restaurant doesn't do take out, nor do they do delivery. However, none of that is likely to matter to you after you taste it for the first time. Everything there is done in a high-end fashion, just as you might expect from anything that's located on 5th Avenue in New York City. However, they also have some more basic combinations as well as larger plates that include a wide variety of the different options that they have available. At the end of the day, there really is something for everyone here and it's all well prepared and as delicious as you will find in any restaurant around the world.
7. Kosaka (220 W13th ST)
This is a relatively small restaurant. In fact, it's hard to get a seat because they don't even have space to fit 20 patrons at a time. That being said, there's a reason that there is a large waiting list to get in and enjoy the food. It is prepared in a traditional manner and they offer large plates with several different menu options that are paired together (http://kosakanyc.com/). This restaurant is routinely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the city. Once you've tried it, you’ll want to keep coming back and you'll probably end up comparing virtually every other restaurant to it from that point on.
6. Sushi Lab Rooftop (132 W 47th ST)
There's no doubt about it, this is a restaurant with a rather interesting name. It's actually located inside the Sanctuary Hotel and it offers some of the best menu options that you'll ever likely enjoy. It's definitely delicious. The one caveat is that the plates are relatively small, so if you're looking for larger menu options, you'll either have to order several things at a time or go to another restaurant that prepares options in that manner.
5. Sushi Yasuda (204 E 43rd ST)
If you want sushi that is purely traditional and uses ingredients flown in from Japan, here is another option for you. They don't have a tendency to create a lot of the more progressive dishes, but they have truly made the preparation of traditional sushi dishes their specialty, as evidenced by the fact that it's difficult to get a table at this particular restaurant. If you're in the city, it is definitely one that you absolutely must try.
4. Sushi Kaito (244 W 72nd ST)
This is another restaurant that provides a lot of traditional dishes. You can order items individually or you can choose from larger menu options that incorporate several different things that they have available in a single option. The restaurant is always busy and the food is always good. If you're looking for something that offers delicious preparations and a lot of flexibility, this is the place to be.
3. Kura ( 130 St Marks Place)
Don't let the appearance of this particular establishment fool you. Upon first glance, you might not think that this is a restaurant that provides high-end sushi. Give it a chance and taste the food available on the menu before you make a judgment. The building might be old and the decor couldn't be much more understated, but the food is absolutely perfect. You can get some unique dishes that aren't available anywhere else here as well. This is always a good option if you're looking for an establishment that is truly unique.
2. Omakase Room by Mitsu (14 Christopher St)
If you really want to get serious with your sushi, this is the place to go. Each and every day, they prepare a fresh 18 course meal that is sourced from Japan. It's not something that you're likely to find anywhere else.
1. SUGARFISH (33 E 20th ST)
This is a chain, but the food they serve there doesn't taste like something you would get at any chain. The people that work around this particular location absolutely love the food provided here. Locals practically swear by it. It's something that is truly not to be missed.
Written by Liz Flynn
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