The best sushi in NYC

Feast your eyes on the best sushi NYC has to offer, from old-school restaurants to raw-fish newcomers
Sushi Sasabune
Photograph: Filip Wolak
By Christina Izzo |
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New York has no shortage of great Japanese food options, from some of the countrys best ramen to gorgeous kaiseki spreads to, of course, the best sushi in NYC. We've whittled down our picked of New Yorks top sushi experiences, from no-nonsense sashimi spots and to toro-stocked fine dining restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred toques. This is the best sushi NYC has to offer.

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Best sushi in NYC

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SHUKO toro tartare milk bread caviar
Restaurants, Seafood

Shuko

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

At this 20-seat sushi counter, the omakase chef's selection of exceptionally made edomaezushi is served in its purest form, each lightly lacquered with soy and nestled atop a slip of warm, loosely packed rice. Luscious, marbled toro boldly arrives first, even before sweet Spanish mackerel with barely there shreds of young ginger or sea bream dabbed with plummy ume shiso.

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Salmon at 15 East
Restaurants, Japanese

15 East

icon-location-pin Union Square

At this glossy downtown spot fitted with a nine-seat dark wood bar overlooking an airy high-ceilinged dining room, first-rate seafood is flown in from Japan. Creamy Hokkaido uni is encased by a crisp nori strip, while fall-apart anago (sea eel) gets a light dip in sweet soy. Whipping out fish anatomy charts books to show where the exceptional cuts of fish are from, the chef schools novices and aficionados alike.

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sushi nakazawa
Restaurants, Japanese

Sushi Nakazawa

icon-location-pin West Village

Last we saw Daisuke Nakazawa, he was toiling over egg custard as the modest apprentice in the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, humbled by the rigors of an 11-year stint under the world’s most distinguished sushi chef, Jiro Ono. Now, the pupil has emerged as the teacher at this sleek West Village sushi bar. 

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Brushstroke
Restaurants, Japanese

Brushstroke

icon-location-pin Tribeca

The restaurant, a collaboration with Osaka’s Tsuji Cooking Academy, brings kaiseki cuisine—the intricate, formal multicourse meals at the pinnacle of haute Japanese cooking—into a surprisingly relaxed and accessible setting. The dishes, gorgeously plated on handmade Japanese stoneware, flow like parts of a symphony.

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Sushi Yasuda
Restaurants, Japanese

Sushi Yasuda

icon-location-pin Midtown East

Reserve a seat at the bar of this bamboo-clad space to watch the chefs dispatch purist renditions of nigiri onto wooden trays in elegant, efficient movements. You won't find over-the-top combos, letting the primo seafood and the chef's superior knife skills shine. That top-shelf sourcing doesn’t come cheap, and reservations are booked out far in advance, but this storied sushi den is still worth the price of admission.

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Restaurants, Japanese

Sushi Azabu

icon-location-pin Tribeca

When you arrive at Sushi Azabu’s address, you’ll initially curse Apple Maps for steering you astray. Alas, you’re at the right place—hidden in a Tribeca basement lies this Michelin-starred sushi speakeasy. The subterranean lair rightfully prides itself on its adherence to Japanese sushi standards, like how more than 70 percent of the fish is imported directly from Japan, four times a week.

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Sushi Sasabune
Restaurants, Japanese

Sasabune NY

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

“Trust me” isn’t exactly what you want to hear when you’re about to nosedive into the oft-sketchy world of raw fish, but it’s the well-earned M.O. of this UES sushi nook, opened in 2006. And trust you should—owner-chef Kenji Takahashi rolls out a no-nonsense, at-whim menu of top-tier seafood to rival more highfalutin Japanese dens, without the sucker-punch price. 

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Kuruma Zushi
Restaurants, Japanese

Kuruma Zushi

icon-location-pin Midtown East

Perched on the second floor of a dingy midtown building, Toshihiro Uezu’s 12-person sushi bar turns out jaw-dropping nigiri in its purest, most traditional form, delivered from his hands to yours. This is no-bells-and-whistles sushi—the most adornment Uezu employs is a dash of ponzu or scallion curls, instead focusing attention on the quality of the seafood, the masterfully tempered rice and the fresh wasabi.

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Sushi Of Seki
Restaurants, Japanese

Sushi Seki

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

Where do big-league toques like Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud go to sate their late-night fish cravings? Chef Seki’s cultish sushi gem has served as a sake-fueled second-dinner spot for after-hours chefs and clued-in locals since opening in 2002, plying nonpurist flavor combos until 3am. The late hours lend a boozy, jovial atmosphere you won't forget.

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Restaurants, Japanese

Masa

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

A transcendent bite of top-grade toro is priceless. But at Masa, that melt-in-your-mouth morsel comes at a cost—a whole meal is a cool $450 before tax, tip and sake, to be exact. Masa Takayama’s extravagant raw-fish emporium has been a once-in-a-lifetime, three-Michelin-starred destination for sushi devotees.

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