This midtown classic, popular among Metro-North travelers on shopping expeditions with their preteens, was one of the first restaurants to introduce New Yorkers to the then-mysterious delights of sushi and sashimi, nearly three decades ago. It’s still worth a visit for its lovely bento-style Box of Dreams, which is divided into nine compartments, like a tic-tac-toe board. In each is a different combination of sushi or cooked fish and vegetable over rice, such as a meaty, melt-on-your-tongue uni with seaweed and shiso; cooked eel with cucumber slices; and two triangles of tamago (slightly sweetened egg) with cooked shrimp. It’s a refreshing presentation, and a nice reminder that even an institution like Hatsuhana can remain inventive.
17 E 48th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Madison Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:45am–2:45pm, 5:30–10pm; Sat 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: E, V to Fifth Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||Average sushi meal (10 pieces, 1 roll): $32. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|