Clear out your bank account and then clear your weekend, because o ya’s singular dining experience is one to be savored. Owners Tim and Nancy Cushman set a new bar for special-event dining with o ya’s opening in 2007; even today the restaurant regularly wins accolades as one of the best restaurants in all of New England. The a la carte sushi is a marvel of both flavor and presentation, but if you’re really looking to splurge, settle in for the nightly omakase, a chef’s choice menu of 20 courses, from nigiri to cooked dishes.
However you wish to experience the culinary offerings of Japan, there are plenty of restaurants in Boston that reflect everywhere from Tokyo to Sapporo, and all the small towns in between. There’s sushi and omakase, hearty ramen, contemporary izakayas (the Japanese version of small plates) and flavorful, interactive hibachi hubs—all of which provide an immersive overview of Japan’s rich food culture, especially when paired with sips of Japanese whiskey, beer or sake. And once you’ve explored the best Japanese restaurants in Boston, check out other regional Asian cuisine at the best Thai restaurants in Boston or the best Chinese restaurants in Boston.
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