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.

Sushi Yasuda
Japanese · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.2 · 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 “spare, Zen” 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.
Sushi Nakazawa
Sushi · West Village · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.7

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.
Sushi of Gari 46
Sushi · West 40s · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.2

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.”
Morimoto - Sushi Restaurant
Sushi · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.6 · 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.”
Sasabune
Japanese · East 70s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.2

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.”
Shuko
Japanese · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.6 · 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 $135 mean “it ain’t cheap” , but the payoff is a real “wow experience.”
15 East
Japanese · Union Square · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · 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.”
o ya
Japanese · Murray Hill · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · 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.”
USHIWAKAMARU
Japanese · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

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.
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.”