It seems like there's at least one sushi restaurant every other block. The problem in New York City isn't finding one; it's finding a good one.
Whether you're a sushi traditionalist or don't mind a tasty California roll once in a while, these top restaurants will definitely satisfy your rice and raw fish craving.
204 East 43rd Street
In 2011 the owner of the restaurant – Naomichi Yasuda – shocked many when he went back to Japan. However he left his well-loved spot in the capable hands of Tatsuya Sekiguchi and Mitsuru Tamura. This cozy spot is one of the most authentic sushi spots you'll get in New York City. All of the fish is flown in from Japan so you know you're getting quality ingredients.
The setting itself is very minimalist so as not to detract you from the experience of sushi.
While there are tables for dining, it's best to sit right at the sushi bar so you can watch the masters prepare the meal right in front of you. Get the omakase to try a sample of the Chef's seasonal fish choices or go a la carte to pick and choose your favorites. Just don't insult the Chef by drenching your sushi in soy sauce and wasabi.
23 Commerce Street
If you watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi you'll recognize the head chef at this sushi establishment as the apprentice of Jiro himself. Now in New York, Nakazawa has made quite a name for himself for providing some of the most impeccably prepared fish according to many reviewers.
It didn't take too long for this restaurant to take off so you will definitely need to make reservations well in advance, especially if you want a seat at the bar. Be forewarned, you will need to pay an additional $30 if you want a seat at this prime location on top of the $100+ omakase. Still, if you want sushi prepared by one of the best chefs in New York, it's well worth it to see the master in action.
Sushi of Gari
402 E. 78th St.
Gari is the small sushi joint on the Upper East Side that might serve the very best sushi you can get around this area. Its a small space with a bar, which is by the way the spot to sit at, that you will enjoy the most delicious Omakase, tempura or whatever you feel like on the menu, you can't simply go wrong here. Even the toilet is a master piece! This is a spot where its difficult to score a table so be prepared when booking. This is a sushi spot you will return to, period.
Try the Steamed Crab Dumplings appetizer, a real gem. If you are not sure then go for any Omakase (daily selection is always great) since this is Gari's precious master piece.
120 East 28th Street
That O Ya is an expensive place, with its $100 less than 24 hours cancelation fee, is probably an understatement. That said, it clear that husband and wife Tim and Nancy Cushman has brought their Boston maestro sushi skills to Manhattan, and they are here to stay. You won’t be served traditional sushi at O Ya, their seared foie gras on vinegar rice should be proof enough. Instead you will have something that’s truly speak its own language, which is why O Ya is such an amazing sushi spot to visit.
Sit at the long bar and breathe in what will be a very special experience, enjoying the 18-piece omakase, fried Kumamoto oyster or why not something with Wagyu or blue fin belly.
Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar
1372 York Avenue
Intimate is the best way to describe this tiny 10-seater sushi bar. While many other sushi restaurants have an air of sophistication to them Tanoshi (fun in Japanese) lives up to its name as it is casual and fun. What it lacks in elegance it makes up for in offering one of the cheapest omakase around. But don't let the price tag fool you, the sushi here is of the highest quality as they use only the freshest ingredients.
While the choices and preparation aren't exactly mind-blowing, you will leave satisfied and your wallet will thank you. Better yet, the place is BYOB so don't forget to bring your favorite bottle of sake.
75 9th Avenue
Located inside of Chelsea Market, the Lobster Place not only offers freshly cooked lobster but some delectable sushi morsels as well. Grab a chair at this 8-seat bar and enjoy both watching the Chef and the people inside of the restaurant. The omakase is some of the cheapest in the city starting at $35 and topping out at $65.
Of course you can always add on your favorite sushi from the a la carte menu. Unlike other restaurants, the omakase comes out all at once so you don't have to wait around for the next piece. Or if you're more in a grab-and-go mood there are some prepackaged sushi you can pick up.
Iki at One Fulton Square
13-42 39th Avenue, Queens
Tucked away inside a mall-condo complex, Iki offers amazing omakase at very reasonable prices. You won't find too many exciting flavor fusions as they go for the more traditional approach. With that said, they do have a couple unique dishes like the uni and foie gras maki. If you're not in the mood for sushi you can try out some of their other main dishes like the butter salmon, wagyu steak or shrimp tempura.
47 E. 12th St
Shuko is all about passionate chefs and fresh ingredients, a combination that rarely goes wrong and this sushi spot is no exception. Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim, formerly Neta and carriers of almost rock star status in this business, are making sure that every bite is prepared to the outmost perfection. Its not cheap, that have to be said but it’s worth it as it’s one of the best omakase experience in town.
Try the delicious kaiseki if you want to play it safe and make sure to finish off with the apple pie.
62 West 52nd Street, 75 9th Avenue; 229 East 14th Street
This mini-chain makes sushi with a twist – there's no fish. If you're a vegan or vegetarian Beyond Sushi is the perfect place to get your fix. There are dozens of different options to choose from so you'll never get tired. These rolls and pieces are just bursting with flavor so even meat lovers will love this restaurant. The best part? It won't set you back more than buying regular sushi from a place like Whole Foods.