Restaurants, Japanese Midtown

Some people think Mishima dishes the best sushi in town—it’s certainly the best in Murray Hill. This seemingly pedestrian spot, with its basic blond-wood decor and simple sushi bar, offers more than the same old, same roll: The spider roll’s soft-shell crab is swathed in spicy jalapeño-infused roe, a rarity in NYC sushi dens. Tangy aji (a form of mackerel) is flown in daily from Japan and coupled with scallions and a fiery mustard. Not every sushi staple is gussied up: Sweet shrimp is rightly fresh and simple, and the toro (fatty tuna), though understated, is a buttery, well-marbled delight.


Venue name: Mishima
Address: 164 Lexington Ave
New York
Cross street: between 30th and 31st Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Sat, Sun 5–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 33rd St
Price: Average sushi meal (10 pieces): $20. AmEx, MC, V
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