Best NYC Sushi Restaurants

Best Sushi Restaurants in NYC

Top New York Sushi

Sushi is probably the most well known Japanese dish enjoyed not just in Japan but all over the world. It’s nutritious, low on calories, and absolutely delicious. While in Japan Sushi is enjoyed on special events and occasions, the rest of the world has no such restrictions and enjoys it whenever they get an opportunity.

Did you know that Sushi, though popular as a Japanese dish, is actually Chinese in origin? And this food actually began as a means to preserve fish by fermenting it? Also, the sticky vinegar rice that is an integral part of any Sushi you choose was actually thrown away once the process of fermentation was complete? Interesting, isn’t it, how the food has changed and modified over time?

If you feel like treating yourself to some great Sushi, choose one of these restaurants that have made a name for themselves by serving the very best Sushi you can find in Manhattan.

Sushi Azabu

428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-274-0428

This beautiful restaurant is popular for serving hand-rolled Maki that is prepared in front of guests. The restaurant is pretty expensive so be prepared to cough up quite a bit. But, it’s all worth it.

Sushi Yasuda

204 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017; 212-972-1001

Sushi purists will enjoy dining at this restaurant. They have a pretty good selection of fish, some of which are hard to come by at regular restaurants. It’s an experience that you will not forget in a hurry and come back more times than one to enjoy.

Sushi of Gari

402 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075; 212-517-5340

This restaurant delights even the staunchest of Sushi snobs. The restaurant may be small, but the fare is unique and delightful. The raw fish is marinated in sake, spiked with creamy tofu mayonnaise, and singed a butane blowtorch. The meal is a transcendent experience.


401 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021; 212-249-8583

At this restaurant, your food choices are left up to the chef. At this outpost of the famous Los Angeles and Honolulu Sushi restaurant, you are greeted by a sign that reads “Today’s Special—Trust Me.” And, that is your entire menu option. However, the crowd trooping in an out tells you that they are more than happy putting their faith in the chef. Try it out! You never know what will land at your plate, but it will all be delicious.


211 East 43rd Street, Basement 1F, New York NY 10017; 212-953-7253

NYMag describes it as “an expansive oasis of Japanese tranquility tucked away amid the subterranean guts of Midtown.” That is very aptly put. If you put off by the fact that this restaurant is located in the basement, get over it, or you are going to miss out of the finest Sushi offerings you could find in the city. The restaurant, despite its location, is something of a surprise with its oriental screens, smooth woodwork. And the food is superlative. The menu also has more than 200 sakes to complement your choice of Sushi.

Nobu New York

105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-219-0500

Nobu New York is the flagship restaurant of acclaimed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa who has brought about a whole new twist to the traditional flavors associated with Sushi. Combining his classical training at sushi bars in Tokyo and his experiences in abroad in countries like Argentina and Peru, Nobu started a new trend in Japanese cuisine that was quite liked by those with an adventurous spirit. Ranked among the top 40 restaurants in NYC, the décor is as interesting as the menu. Architect David Rockwell brings the Japanese countryside to life with the help of birch trees, natural textures, wood floors and a wall made of river stones.

Tomoe Sushi

172 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-777-9346

Tomoe Sushi may be a tiny restaurant but it is considered by many to be the best and it is highly sought after. Since they do not accept reservations, patrons have to stand in line; a chore they undertake good-naturedly since they know of the threat that awaits them. Also, be prepared for the service to be hurried and brusque. This pricey restaurant doesn’t believe in wasting good time on pleasantries and courtesies since they need to turn tables fast.

Umi Sushi

118 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016; 212-686-3308

Umi Sushi is out to prove that having Sushi doesn’t always have to be a “breaking-the-bank” experience. Although the décor isn’t anything to write home about, they more than makeup for it with their friendly and courteous service, reasonable prices, and generous portions. And unlike several other take-outs, their fish is delivered every day and what arrives on your plate is always fresh, juicy, and sweet.

Final Word

Well, that’s all for today, but don’t lose heart. This isn’t the end of your journey. There’s more good stuff to come your way, but you have to do your bit and come back tomorrow to read the other half. However, if you choose to skip out on the best Sushi experiences in New York, that is your choice. And also, your loss.

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