Discover the Best Sushi in New York City

Sushi first came to New York City in 1963, with the late Nobuyoshi Kuraoka's Restaurant Nippon serving raw fish at their counter to local politicians, socialites, and celebrities. The newfound popularity of the novel cuisine, along with an increased boom of Japanese immigrants to the NYC area in the '70s and '80s, led to an explosion of sushi restaurants in NYC that continues today. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. With easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a plethora of transportation modes that can quickly source the freshest seafood from around the planet, it's no wonder that New York City has become a hotbed for sushi fanatics. We've rounded up the best spots for savvy diners looking for the best sushi in NYC.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:15 East Restaurant, EN Japanese Brasserie, Restaurant Nippon
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Union Square, West Village, Midtown East
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

15 East Restaurant

$$$$·Sushi·
Union Square
1,086 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Located in the Union Square neighborhood, 15 East Restaurant is one of the best sushi restaurants in NYC because of the faith its places in its chefs to create tasting and omakase menus. Translating t...

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EN Japanese Brasserie

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
2,438 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

Relaxed, progressive dining is at the center of EN Japanese Brasserie's restaurant philosophy. Guests won't find sushi drowning in sauces, aiolis, or unnecessary condiments since EN Japanese Brasserie...

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Restaurant Nippon

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
620 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
  • Good for Groups

As NYC's original sushi bar, Restaurant Nippon has carried on the tradition of homemade soba noodles and fresh sushi for over 50 years. The first restaurant in the U.S. to serve fugu, the restaurant s...

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Sushi Yasaka

$$$$·Japanese·
Upper West Side
2,240 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual

Sushi Yasaka, on NYC's Upper West Side, has a set menu that revolves around the freshest seafood sourced daily by its chefs. Maki hand rolls feature yellowtail, spicy salmon, fluke ume shiso, salmon r...

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Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area
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Natsumi Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Theater District / Times Square
2,039 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

Modern, warm, and elegant describe the ambiance at Natsumi Restaurant, which aims to provide Italian hospitality to Japanese cuisine. Diners can sit at the sushi bar to watch their creations being mad...

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Wokuni

$$$$·Japanese·
Murray Hill
711 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

When a restaurant group owns a fish farm, customers can see that their dedication to fresh seafood is paramount. This is the case at Wokuni, which not only sources seafood from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market,...

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Sushi Inoue

$$$$·Sushi·
Harlem
235 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

Craving fresh seafood in Harlem? Sushi Inoue has got you covered. Chef Shinichi Inoue wanted to bring traditional Japanese sushi traditions to Harlem to introduce his handcrafted cuisine to the local ...

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Sushi of Gari 46

$$$$·Japanese·
Theater District / Times Square
1,584 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic

Times Square used to be known as a culinary wasteland filled with vapid chain restaurants and below-average cuisine. Sushi of Gari is a beacon of change in this now-burgeoning landscape. What makes th...

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Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area

Tempura Matsui

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
400 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Tasting Menu

Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Welcome to Tempura Matsui -----2019 Michelin One Star-----

Tempura Matsui invites you to experience the fin...

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Japanese in Manhattan
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Sushi Seki Times Square

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown West
496 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

“Stunning” is the perfect way to describe Sushi Seki, a bi-level space in the heart of Hell's Kitchen's restaurant row. The main floor's large bar features a seven-seat omakase counter, spacious dinin...

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