1. Miya’s Sushi
Where: New Haven
Miya’s Sushi was opened in New Haven in 1982 by female Japanese immigrant, Yoshiko Lai, and is the world’s very first sustainable sushi restaurant. Thirty-six years later, Miya's remains a local favorite that has gained national notoriety, and is still run by the same family, with Yoshiko’s son Bun Lai taking the reins. Lai’s innovative menu (which he has dubbed “future sushi”) focuses on serving local invasive species such as lionfish, Asian carp, and even venison on the ever-changing menu that is frequently foraged by the chef himself. The house-made infused sakes, such as watermelon chili, are also not to be missed.