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Locating sushi in NYC is simple, but not all rolls are created equal. Here’s a guide to 12 great restaurants that opened in the past three years. Some are super affordable while others are pricey, but all of them serve terrific sushi.

1. o ya

Restaurant owners Tim and Nancy Cushman opened this zen-like New York outpost of their acclaimed Boston restaurant in June. The sushi here, which is somewhat modern, is served strictly as part of an omakase menu, which comes in 18 and 24-course options for $185 and $245 respectively. Expect a mushroom course and wagyu beef to appear somewhere in the mix as well. [Photo: Nick Solares]

 

120 E 28th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 204-0200

2. SHUKO

In his three star review, Ryan Sutton calls Shuko “New York’s most exciting new Japanese restaurant.” Here, Chef Nick Kim keeps dinner options at the wooden bar limited to two: the kaiseki menu for $175, and a shorter sushi-only omakase offering for $135. In both, diners will find impeccably sourced fish, served unadorned and in innovative presentations like toro topped with Thai bird chiles. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

3. Sushi Dojo NYC

Morimoto alum David Bouhadana put Sushi Dojo on the map by offering top level sushi at a significantly more affordable price point than many of the city’s most acclaimed sushi dens. Bouhadana’s 15-piece omakase dinner costs $85. While the other sushi chefs at Dojo are well trained, the best seats in the house are the six in front of Bouhadana himself. [Photo: Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

110 1st Ave
New York, NY 10009
(646) 692-9398

4. Sushi Nakazawa

Securing a reservation at Daisuke Nakazawa and Alessandro Borgognone’s Sushi Nakazawa requires some jockeying, but it’s well worth it for the impeccably prepared fish, says Ryan Sutton in his three star review. For those who snag a reservation, Sutton advises spending the extra $30 the restaurant charges to sit at the counter where where Nakazawa personally prepares each mouthful of the 21-course sushi meal. [Nick Solares]

23 Commerce St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-2212

5. Cagen

Toshio Tomita, who worked with acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa for 16 years, brought in two stars from Pete Wells two summers ago. Tomita “has his mentor’s ability to bend Japanese tradition in his own directions,” explains Wells. During the 15 course omakase offering, the chef will switch back and forth between traditional and simple sushi and more modern dishes like an appetizer of deep fried ham. The omakase ranges from $130 to $140 depending upon the evening. [Foursquare]

414 E 9th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 358-8800

6. Iki at One Fulton Square

Tucked away in a growing mall-meets-condo complex in the heavily Chinese neighborhood of Flushing is Iki. Here, chef Andy Lin, a vet of sushi powerhouses Neta, Shuko, and Sushi Nakazawa, is serving one of the city’s most affordable omakase offerings, an 18 to 20 course meal for $100. Courses are simple: live Alaskan king crab, uni and foie gras wrapped in nori, and sushi prepared with amberjack, red snapper, and toro. Lin also offers an a la carte menu. [Official Site]

39-16 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 939-3388

7. Beyond Sushi

Healthy mini-chain Beyond Sushi makes sushi, sans fish. It’s all about brightly colored vegetables here. Expect roll options like the mighty mushroom (six grain rice, enoki, tofu, shiitake, micro arugula) and the green machine (six grain rice, English cucumber, asparagus, basil marinated veggies, with japaleno wasabi), and pieces of “sushi” topped with mango, tofu, or snap peas. [Yelp]

62 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
(646) 964-5097

8. Lobster Place

Ever-popular fish market The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market opened its first sit-down sushi spot earlier this summer. Guests are served at an eight-seat bar in the midst of the bustling market. The chefs offer a la carte onigiri and sashimi options like salmon, o-toro, and giant clam, as well as inexpensive omakase menus that start at $35 and top out at $65. [courtesy of the Lobster Place]

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-5672

9. Cherry Izakaya

Cherry Izakaya, the Williamsburg spinoff of Chelsea’s Cherry, looks like a French brasserie crossed with a traditional Japanese restaurant. While the restaurant is called an izakaya, almost half of the menu is made up of sushi offerings like pieces of of yellowtail belly and salmon roe, and maki made with hot eel and foie gras mousse. [Daniel Krieger]

138 N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(212) 929-5800

10. Sushi Katsuei

Keep two rules to keep in mind when visiting Sushi Katsuei, says Ligaya Mishan. 1. Skip the white tablecloth covered tables and sit at the bar, before one of the house’s three talented sushi chefs. 2. Ignore the a la carte menu and order one of the two omakase options. Here, the chefs serve diners traditionally, one piece of perfectly formed sushi at a time. Expect pieces like a lemon brushed scallop, king salmon, and sea urchin. [Yelp]

210 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

11. Bugs

Sushi Yasuda alumna Sho Boo’s tiny Japanese restaurant is called Bugs after a bar she ran in Osaka. But, don’t worry, insects are nowhere on the menu at this tiny 15-seat restaurant. Rather, Boo focuses her attention on inventive sushi pieces like tuna with eggplant puree and fluke with wasabi pesto, which are sometimes bruleed with a blow torch. Those pieces appear on the restaurant’s two omakase menus, one for $45, and another for $60, but dishes and pieces of sushi can also be ordered a la carte. [Yelp]

504 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 918-7981

12. Kura

Sushi chef Norihiro Ishizuka is over 70 years old, but he is still a presence at his quiet restaurant Kura. He makes sushi matter of factly before his guests, with large slices of fish that one may need (a nontraditional) two bites to finish. That sushi appears on the house’s two menus: an omakase selection of 10 pieces of sushi and a hand roll, and a kappo offering, which adds in several cooked dishes. [Yelp]

130 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-1010