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Discover the Best Sushi in New York City

The OpenTable Team

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 the Tastemaker 20. 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.

Restaurants:The Lobster Club, Bar Masa, 15 East Restaurant
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, Columbus Circle, Union Square
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
265 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Tokyo's Tsukiji Market is world-renowned for its screamingly fresh fish hauled every morning and bought by both local and global purveyors. At The Lobster Club, Chef Tasuku MurakamRead more
100% recommended
5 people mentioned the Bento Box

Bar Masa

$$$$·Japanese·
Columbus Circle
200 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Sleek, modernist, and refined describe Chef Masa Takayama's Bar Masa, one of the best sushi restaurants in NYC located on Columbus Circle. The aesthetic of the restaurant derives fRead more
3 people mentioned the Caviar

15 East Restaurant

$$$$·Sushi·
Union Square
1,057 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
83% recommended
108 people mentioned the Omakase

Cagen

$$$$·Japanese·
East Village
170 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
After managing several Nobu restaurants, Japanese-trained chef Toshio Tomita brought his talents to the East Village's Cagen. Translating to “just right,” the cuisine here is minimRead more
100% recommended
Romantic in New York / Tri-State Area
40 people mentioned the Omakase
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EN Japanese Brasserie

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
2,162 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 ERead more
85% recommended
58 people mentioned the Kaiseki

Sushi Nakazawa - Sushi Bar

$$$$·Sushi·
Greenwich Village
748 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Twenty-one dishes every night have elevated Chef Daisuke Nakazawa and his eponymous restaurant Sushi Nakazawa to be considered the best sushi in NYC. Each evening, the chef crafts Read more
98 people mentioned the Omakase
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Restaurant Nippon

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
440 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
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 fuRead more
89% recommended
44 people mentioned the Soba

Shinbashi - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown East
301 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Healthy
Translating to “new bridge,” Shinbashi brings original owner Fumiko Hosoda's vision of bridging traditional Japanese food to Western palates. Using playful combinations such as theRead more
100% recommended
10 people mentioned the Omakase
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Morimoto New York

$$$$·Japanese·
Chelsea
6,612 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Fans of the original Japanese Iron Chef TV program were captivated with Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who represented the new guard of Japanese cuisine. Fast forward a few years and ChefRead more
86% recommended
397 people mentioned the Omakase

Sushi Yasaka

$$$$·Sushi·
Upper West Side
1,928 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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, flukeRead more
95% recommended
Sushi in Manhattan
146 people mentioned the Omakase
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Natsumi Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Theater District / Times Square
1,882 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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 theirRead more
90% recommended
65 people mentioned the Dumplings

Zenkichi

$$$$·Japanese·
Williamsburg
1,403 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Brooklyn's Zenkichi has an ever-evolving omakase menu that changes every five weeks to reflect seasonal ingredients. A tasting menu paired with sake is specifically designed to eleRead more
89% recommended
Romantic in Brooklyn
176 people mentioned the Omakase

Tenzan - 2nd Ave.

$$$$·Japanese·
Upper East Side
95 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
When a sushi restaurant owner used to run a seafood market, guests know that they're in for a quality meal. Owner Leo Lin did just that with Tenzan on 2nd Avenue, which offers someRead more
100% recommended
3 people mentioned the Fresh Fish
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Sushi Inoue

$$$$·Sushi·
Harlem
219 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 cRead more
100% recommended
58 people mentioned the Omakase
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Sushi of Gari 46

$$$$·Japanese·
Theater District / Times Square
1,495 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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 landRead more
310 people mentioned the Omakase

Sushi Seki Times Square

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown West
375 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post Theatre
“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 couRead more
86% recommended
41 people mentioned the Omakase

Sushiden - 6th Avenue

$$$$·Japanese·
Rockefeller Center Midtown
Sit at Sushiden's open sushi bar to watch the freshly made creations come to life in this Theater District mainstay. Sushiden prides itself on “waza” or “technique” when it comes tRead more
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sushi AMANE

$$$$·Sushi·
Turtle Bay
It's small... like eight seats small... but offers one of the most personal and intimate dining experiences in NYC. Seafood that's flown in daily from Japan creates a true Tokoyo-sRead more
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Sushi Zo Midtown

$$$$·Sushi·
Murray Hill
Los Angeles was one of the first cities in the U.S. to embrace sushi culture, so it makes sense that an NYC outpost of Sushi Zo Hanare, a successful LA-based sushi restaurant, woulRead more
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Wokuni

$$$$·Japanese·
Murray Hill
363 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 TokRead more
94% recommended
24 people mentioned the Omakase