Being one of the food capitals of the world, it should come as no surprise that New York City houses some of the best sushi you can find outside of Japan. Whether you’re searching for the best hand rolled sushi spot, some exquisite sashimi or a classic omakase experience, this list covers all the bases.
Sushi master Kazunori Nozawa's first restaurant in New York came with a lot of buzz from his revered mini-chain in Los Angeles, and for good reason. The restaurant's fish comes mainly from Japan and Boston, and is served fresh for that "melt in your mouth" experience. Expect a simple but delicious menu with omakase options.
33 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
2 Sushi on Jones
Sushi on Jones is NYC's first outdoor sushi bar, made with the day's fresh catch. Located at the Bowery Market, the bar has four highly coveted seats where patrons can experience sushi nirvana for about 30 minutes. Highlights: the highly praised seared wagyu beef, sweet oceany scallop with yuzu soy sauce and the salmon.
348 Bowery @ the Northwest Corner of Bowery & Great Jones
3 Sushi Yasuda
Called "mind-blowing" by almost anyone who has tried it, Sushi Yasuda is a hidden treasure near Grand Central serving fresh fish flown from Japan. Have the omakase and sit back or order from their must-have selection of the toro (fatty tuna), ikura (salmon roe) and uni (sea urchin).
204 E 43rd St New York, NY 10017
4 Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Located at the trendy SIXTY LES Hotel, made-to-order fresh sashimi, sushi and signature rolls are the lay of the land here, paired with hand crafted Japanese beers, sochu style cocktails and an extensive sake and wine list. Expect a less traditional experience, with phenomenal sushi and a trendy vibe.
187 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002
This temayaki spot by the Sugarfish team packs a punch. The minimalist, hand roll bar's emphasis on quality and affordability has made it a splash in the New York sushi scene. Individual rolls come in a wide variety including blue crab, cucumber, shrimp, and lobster, all for just $5-6 per roll.