Best Omakase in NYC

Sushi experts
November 23, 2015
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by Zagat Staff

Take your sushi to the next level by letting the chef choose dishes for you. We've rounded up our favorite spots in NYC to order omakase.

Morimoto
Japanese · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Sushi master” Masaharu Morimoto’s “Iron Chef–quality” omakase and other “unbelievably good” Japanese dishes are served in a “striking” , ultramodern setting at this West Chelsea destination; it’s true, you’ll “pay handsomely” , but when you need “to impress” , this is “as good as it gets.”
Sushi of Gari 46
Sushi · West 40s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

The “out-of-body” omakase experience “never fails to amaze” at these Japanese “standard-bearers” from Gari Sugio, long known for their “sublime bites” of “imaginative sushi” ; the “cramped” quarters and “plain decor” are less impressive, but regulars advise “just open your wallet” and “eat at the bar.”
Sushi Yasuda
Sushi · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

“Sushi of your dreams” awaits at this “hidden jewel” near Grand Central, where disciples of the namesake master chef craft “heavenly” traditional cuts in a setting run by an “efficiently courteous” crew; “the price matches the quality” , so “be ready to spend a bundle” – especially if you “go for omakase” at the bar.
Sasabune
Sushi · East 70s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.1

Sushi “masters” craft “absurdly delicious” “works of art” at this UES Japanese from Kenji Takahashi, a “tiny” hideaway known for both à la carte options and an “incredible” omakase experience; though the “decor’s very basic” , sampling the “first-class fish” requires “really deep pockets.”
Neta
Japanese · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Exceptional” sushi and “innovative” small plates figure at this “intimate” Village Japanese standout, known for its “exquisite” omakase; the “minimalist” surrounds keep the focus on the “magic” at the sushi bar, and “solicitous” service enhances the “rewarding experience” – for which unsurprisingly you’ll spend “a lot.”
Shuko
Japanese · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

This “tiny” , “special-occasion” Village Japanese limits itself to “phenomenal omakase” , providing either “top-tier” sushi or traditional kaiseki spreads at a “transporting” bar that takes diners “straight to Tokyo” ; options starting at $155 mean “it ain’t cheap” , but the payoff is a real “wow experience.”
USHIWAKAMARU
Sushi · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Relocated from Greenwich Village to Chelsea, this “simple” Japanese by chef-owner Hideo Kuribara features the same “melt-in-your-mouth” sushi in larger digs anchored by a counter where you can “enjoy the show” ; omakase dining is the main draw, and “top prices” come with the territory.
15 East
Japanese · Union Square · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

“Inventive” preparations and “top-quality” fish result in “sublime” sushi at this “classy” Union Square Japanese also known for its wide sake selection; “personable” service and a “serene” , “minimalist” setting up its appeal for “adult dinners” , though the tabs have some saving it for “big occasions.”
Sushi Nakazawa
Sushi · West Village · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.6

The “ultimate showstopper” from “sushi master” Daisuke Nakazawa, this “extraordinary” West Village Japanese specializes in “breathtaking” omakase meals served like “a well-oiled machine” at the bar and in a “serene” dining room; scoring reservations remains a “difficult task” and the cost is “off the charts” , but an attached lounge should help on both fronts.
o ya
Japanese · Murray Hill · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.5

“Flavors like you’d never believe” are found in the “beautifully presented” omakase meals at this modern Japanese in Murray Hill’s Park South Hotel; the “highly original” fare is available à la carte too, but either way expect a “huge price tag.”