As we anxiously await UNI’s renovation and expansion to be complete, there are plenty of places to get some great sushi in the meantime. From high end haute spots like o ya to the sleek destination of Empire, here’s a look at the five best places for sushi in Boston:
1 o ya
o ya is a sushi lover’s exotic dream tucked away in the Leather District with artfully created dishes presented in a splurge-worthy setting. Husband and wife team Tim and Nancy Cushman (he’s a James Beard award winning chef who received training with Nobu Matsuhisa and she’s the sake sommelier) have created a hidden gem here with dishes like soy marinated salmon with truffle oil; hamachi with spicy banana pepper mousse and Karikari crispy sesame chicken skin with yuzu honey pickled ginger. For the ultimate indulgence, opt for the Grand Omakase tasting selection.
9 East Street Boston, MA 02111
2 Oishii Boston
For nearly 20 years, Oishii Boston has been a staple in the South End with its massive a la carte menu of raw favorites. Standard finds include tuna, salmon and shrimp along with some unforgettable ones like giant clam, steamed lobster claw, squid, eel and mackerel. The sushi can be served in rolls wrapped with seaweed on the outside or created as a cone shaped hand roll. If you can’t decide what to order, leave it up to Chef Ting San to present you with 10 pieces of his select choices.
1166 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118
3 Douzo Sushi
Douzo’s welcoming attitude and cheery vibe make this Back Bay haute spot one of the best places to go for quality rolls. Translated as “please come in,” Douzo invites diners on a culinary journey to sample exquisitely prepared dishes like torched salmon and spicy tuna on crispy sushi rice. Specialty rolls include our crunchy salmon and tuna combo made with cucumber, spicy tempura crumbs. The Japanese restaurant also pays homage to its location with the Back Bay and Boston rolls.
131 Dartmouth Street Boston, MA 02116
It doesn’t get much more authentic than FuGaKyu in Brookline where Japanese tradition exudes in the main restaurant taking the shape of a koi pond, bamboo décor and stone fixtures. Sip on sake and enjoy a fresh taste of nigiri, sashimi, sushi and hand rolled maki. We love the seasonal tuna belly, spicy chopped scallop and salmon roe as well as the crunchy maki. If you come here with a large group, don’t miss the massive sushi platters that range from 40 to 70 piece selections.
1280 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446
5 Empire Restaurant & Lounge
Over in the Seaport District, Empire Restaurant & Lounge makes our list not only for its beautiful Asian inspired décor, but for Chef Kevin Long’s signature maki like the tasty Red Dragon Roll made with blue fin tuna and red chili miso and the delicious Wild Sockeye Salmon Roll filled with champagne mango and pickled radish. Other specialties include Torched Cedar Salmon Gunkan with lobster salad and garlic roasted soy.
One Marina Park Drive Boston, MA 02210