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The 22 best sushi restaurants in America

Feast on super-fresh sushi and sashimi, matched with top-shelf sake, at the best sushi restaurants in America

By Time Out editors, Ruth Tobias and Lauren Rothman
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Long-vanished are the days when mainstream America recoiled at the thought of ingesting raw fish: today, even heartland supermarket delis stock spicy tuna rolls. Discerning diners, though, pass over such mass-market items for top-tier, pristine sushi and sashimi at the best sushi restaurants in L.A., the best sushi restaurants in New York and all across the country—putting themselves in their chefs’ hands to experience an interactive, often open-ended feast. Where once date night might have meant getting cozy over a pepperoni pie (“It’s the best pizza in America,” he said as he wiped some cheese from his chin), today it might mean settling in for a night of non-stop, Edomae-style nigiri (emphasizing local species and warm vinegared rice) fueled by junmai daiginjo sake. If you’re especially lucky, it will be at one of these extraordinary shrines to the art of Japanese seafood: The best sushi restaurants in America.

 

Best sushi restaurants in America

Shiro's
Photograph: Courtesy Shiro's

21. Shiro’s, Seattle, WA

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Sushi Belltown

It’s still named after the legendary founder who studied under Jiro Ono (yes, that Jiro) before introducing Seattleites to Edomae-style sushi. But Shiro Kashiba’s successor, Jun Takai, has quickly put his own stamp on this lively, comfy Belltown classic. The onetime buyer at a Kyoto fish market keeps a tight focus on the fundamentals, maintaining the clout to source top-quality local and imported species for specialties like albacore tataki and beautifully aged bluefin while perfecting the all-important rice. Hold out for a seat at Shiro’s bar and let the personable chefs show you not only what to eat and drink but how, from soy-sauce usage to sake temperature.

Makoto
Photograph: Courtesy Makoto

22. Makoto, Miami

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese Bal Harbour

Stephen Starr's Japanese restaurant inside the Bal Harbour Shops features a modern menu that includes sushi bar selections as well as bincho charcoal robata. Raw fish options that are not to be missed include particularly sweet fresh shrimp and meaty amberjack, as well as tempting cooked seafood like a lobster maki roll with pickled jicama and avocado. Complementing the Asian flavors is a menu of handcrafted sake-based cocktails.

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Uni at Kuruma Zushi
Photograph: Filip Wolak

The best sushi in New York

Restaurants Japanese
We’ve trekked all over town checking out the top toro-touting sushi restaurants in the city, from old-school joints to raw-fish newcomers
yuzu sushi, sushi, robata, west town, martha williams
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The best sushi in Chicago

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From seafood restaurants with raw fish menus to Japanese restaurants serving both cooked fare and sushi, you can find quality fish all over the city

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