Best Sushi Restaurants in NYC

January 1, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

NYC's top-rated sushi restaurants. 

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.”
Momo Sushi Shack
Sushi · Bushwick · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Understated but “definitely not a shack” , this Bushwick Japanese “go-to” serves “interesting, delicious” small plates and “unconventional” sushi (including lots of veggie options); its wooden communal tables “fill up fast” at prime times, so regulars “get there early.”
Kurumazushi
Sushi · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.3 · Service 4.1

The “ethereal, next-level” sushi “couldn't be fresher or more delicious” at chef Toshihiro Uezu's pioneering Midtown eatery, perched in a “simple” , second-floor space; tabs may be “extravagant” , but the prices are “warranted” for a “traditional experience” on par with “high-end places in Japan.”
Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar
Sushi · East 70s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.0 · Service 4.2

Known for “fantastic” omakase-only meals at “bang-for-the-buck” prices, this “hole-in-the-wall” Yorkville Japanese racks up the “wows” with an “excellent assortment of fish and preparations” ; yes, the “no-frills” seating is “tight” , but the BYO policy is a “nice bonus.”
Hibino LIC
Japanese · Long Island City · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

“Fresh-as-one-can-get” sushi vies for the spotlight with the “daily changing” obanzai (small plates) and “compelling” housemade tofu at these “unusual” , Kyoto-style Japanese eateries; “budget-friendly” tabs and “unobtrusive” service embellish the “subdued” mood.
Hibino
Japanese · Cobble Hill · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

“Fresh-as-one-can-get” sushi vies for the spotlight with the “daily changing” obanzai (small plates) and “compelling” housemade tofu at these “unusual” , Kyoto-style Japanese eateries; “budget-friendly” tabs and “unobtrusive” service embellish the “subdued” mood.
Sushi Seki Times Square
Sushi · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

Renowned for its “extraordinary” omakase showcasing “beyond-fresh” fish, this “spendy” Japanese mini-chain slices “spot-on” sushi that’s “lovely to behold” ; though the settings can feel “somewhat lacking in charm” , the bi-level Hell’s Kitchen flagship has “significantly better” decor plus a “fancy” whiskey bar (Chelsea also boasts a whiskey bar).
Tomoe Sushi
Sushi · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.7

There’s “often a line” to get into this longtime Village Japanese touted for its “massive slabs” of “mouthwatering” sushi; “tiny” , “nothing-fancy” digs aside, they “do not skip on the quality.”