While most people would love to eat sushi in Japan, the next best place to eat sushi is nowhere other than New York City. The list of great sushi places in the city could be never ending, however we have made it easier to choose where to dine by narrowing it down to the top 5 best sushi spots. From SoHo to NoHo, to Columbus Circle and the Upper East Side, there is a perfect place for everyone.
1 Bond ST
Executive Chef Marc Spitzer and Executive Sushi Chef Shigeru Mikami are a perfect team when it comes to building an eclectic American-Japanese menu. If the impeccably fresh and simple traditional nigiri and sashimi aren’t perfect enough, Bond St. offers a variety of creative seafood and meat entrées like their Moro Miso Organic Chicken or triad of mini burgers. Bond ST provides an extensive wine, sake/sochu, and specialty cocktails list that pairs beautifully with the cuisine. For those who prefer no alcohol, try their fresh gingerale made of Ginger, Star Anise and lemon zest. Located in the charming NoHo neighborhood of downtown Manhattan, Bond ST occupies three levels of the building; the first level is a lounge with a sushi bar, the second level is a 75-seat dining room with a sushi bar and full alcohol bar that overlooks Bond St. The third level, an elegant dining room, also houses the Tatami Room, which are both ideal for a variety of private events. Often known as a celebrity hang out, there is no doubt you will leave this place feeling like an A-lister.
Megu, meaning “blessing” in Japanese, is more than fitting for this haute eatery. From the moment you walk in, gravity takes a pull and one might feel as though they are in a futuristic Japanese house, only this establishment is not going to be taken down in twenty years. Regardless of its sleek black and red resin interiors and giant temple bell weighing in at 800 lbs, Megu is a warm and welcoming environment with a staff whose ultimate goal is to keep you satisfied. After all, the restaurant’s philosophy is based on hospitality and harmony. In keeping with this philosophy, Megu believes that there is no single star chef, yet the collaboration of talented hands and precision of all organic ingredients are what make the restaurant speak for itself. Each bottle of wine from the list of 600 is hand selected to specifically pair with the food, as well as sixty varieties of sake. Unique to Megu is the charcoal grilling technique, found near Kyoto, called bincho-tan, which is recognized for its natural purifying elements. Perhaps the most memorable part of the Megu dining experience is tasting such delicacies like Foie Gras Chawanmushi a la Rossini that comes with MEGU Original Egg Custard with Black Truffle. Look no further if you want to tantalize your senses with the utmost creative dishes modern Japanese cuisine has to offer.
The Nobu team consists of highly respected men from all walks of life including Executive chef/owner Nobu Matsuhisa, Co-Founder Robert di Niro, Principal Meir Tepper, Restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Managing Partner Richard Notar. Devoted patrons, and the eclectic group of creators make Nobu special, however it is within the cuisine that makes the sushi restaurant particularly spectacular. Signature dishes such as Yellow tail with jalapeño, lobster with wasabi sauce, and of course, fresh caught sushi keep this high-energy, trendy atmosphere bumpin’. Plus, who knows whom you’ll spot next time you stop in. Nobu now offers lunch to go, perfect for a busy New Yorker!
Masa can be considered the most authentic of the list with its no fuss approach to executing sushi. “Masa is shibui: simplicity devoid of unnecessary elements, and the honest presentation of materials.” In other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The simplicity and Zen sensation when dining at Masa makes one feel as though they are literally in Japan. Chef Masa will bring you on a sushi journey by presenting five appetizers followed by a sushi entrée composed of over 20 different types of fish and ingredients. The trip ranges between $450-$600 and you’re lucky if you get a ticket.
5 Sushi Seki
Sushi Seki is an Upper East Side staple for those who know what’s best. The casual environment makes the place feel like home and the fish is as fresh as it gets. Don’t let the retro façade faze you because once you’ve tasted Mr. Seki’s sushi, you’ll be in an entirely new world. Sushi Seki is perfect for those who want to get an amazing sushi dinner without having to ruin their newest pair of Louboutins on the cobblestone streets of the village. Dinner can range from $50 to the thousands depending on how much you can eat.