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 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.

Restaurants:The Lobster Club, 15 East Restaurant, EN Japanese Brasserie
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, Union Square, West Village

The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
307 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
82% recommended
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15 East Restaurant

$$$$·Sushi·
Union Square
1,109 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
85% recommended
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EN Japanese Brasserie

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
2,292 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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

Restaurant Nippon

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
517 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
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
93% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in New York / Tri-State Area

Morimoto New York

$$$$·Japanese·
Chelsea
6,750 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
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Sushi Yasaka

$$$$·Japanese·
Upper West Side
2,110 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
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

Natsumi Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Theater District / Times Square
2,015 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
  • 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 theirRead more
90% recommended
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Wokuni

$$$$·Japanese·
Murray Hill
526 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Healthy
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
95% recommended
Great for Lunch in Manhattan

Zenkichi

$$$$·Japanese·
Williamsburg
1,448 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Tasting Menu
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
91% recommended
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Sushi Inoue

$$$$·Sushi·
Harlem
235 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
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Sushi of Gari 46

$$$$·Japanese·
Theater District / Times Square
1,565 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
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Tempura Matsui

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
317 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
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 tRead more
91% recommended
Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area

Sushi Seki Times Square

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown West
453 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
96% recommended
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Sushi Nakazawa - Sushi Bar

$$$$·Sushi·
Greenwich Village
750 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
97% recommended
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Bar Masa

$$$$·Japanese·
Columbus Circle
208 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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Cagen

$$$$·Japanese·
East Village
174 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
85% recommended
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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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Tenzan - 2nd Ave.

$$$$·Japanese·
Upper East Side
96 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
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
93% recommended
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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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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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