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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
The most erratic eatery in the Blue Ribbon stable interprets that restaurant group's greatest hits through a Japanese prism. Among the epic menu's strong points are several affordable rolls, ranging from $6.50 (for classics like California) to $13.25 (for a jazzy number with spicy scallop and salmon roe). 6 Columbus Hotel, 6 Columbus Circle at 58th St (212-397-0404, blueribbonrestaurants.com)

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Sushi Azabu
This stealthy sushi shrine—tucked away in the basement of Greenwich Grill—attracts solo diners who happily hobnob with the talkative chefs while popping exceptional nigiri morsels into their mouths. Order la carte and choose from a range of well-priced maki, which range from $4 to $18; nigiri will run you between $3 (salmon) and $11 (Japanese uni). 428 Greenwich St between Laight and Vestry Sts (212-274-0428, greenwichgrill.com/sushiazabu/sushiazabu.html)

Jewel Bako
The East Village's first real destination sushi bar remains one of the top spots in the neighborhood for pristine raw fish—and, with tables lined up under a blond-wood cocoon, among the coziest. The budget-minded will gravitate toward the oversize maki filled with intriguing combinations, like seared red snapper, cucumber and shiso. 239 E 5th St between Second and Third Aves (212-979-1012)

Kanoyama
This sushi sanctuary changed its name from Koi to avoid confusion with the restaurant by the same name inside the Bryant Park Hotel. Kanoyama continues the tradition of meltingly fresh sushi and sashimi served at decent prices. Simple rolls are priced between $4 (cucumber) to $8 (eel with avocado), while more complex options, including a plump fried oyster, typically fall between $11 and $16. 175 Second Ave at 11th St (212-777-5266, kanoyama.com)

Sushi Zen
Opt for a seat at the ten-stool sushi counter to witness the respect with which the masters at this peaceful den approach their work: Every step, from the preparation of the dishes to the storing of their ingredients, is done with a precision and deliberateness akin to artistry. Massive Japanese-style (seaweed exterior) and American-style (rice on the outside) rolls go for $8--$15.50, and you can get delicate pieces of sushi and sashimi for $4 to $12 (otoro). 108 W 44th St between Sixth Ave and Broadway (212-302-0707, sushizen-ny.com)

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4 comments
Ed
Ed

Seriously? The title is "Best Cheap Sushi"! You're wasting people's time. Someone searching cheap sushi is looking for $2.50 - $3.50 rolls, not the places you've listed. Horrible. I'd never let an article like this run.

David
David

Blue Ribbon is NOT a Cheap Eats. Have some selections and wine for 2 and you're in there for $300!!!