The Absolute Best Sushi In NYC

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Sushi and NYC are two peas in a pod. They go together like bread and butter, sugar and spice, cheese and crackers — yeah, you get the picture. So whether you live in the Big Apple or are just here on a whirlwind visit, we've got the ultimate sushi hit list for you.
Sushi in the city can run the gamut from cheap, all-you-can-eat deals to fancy spots that make you drop your very last dime in the blink of an eye. Scroll on for the best places to get your raw-fish fix — in whatever way works for you and your wallet.
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Momoya
Momoya is a neighborhood gem that recently risen to the status of destination-worthy dinner spot thanks to its popular crispy rice roll. Far more than just an Instagram-worthy dish, its as delicious as the description would suggestion: spicy tuna, jalapeno, and eel sauce atop a bed of fried rice. Aside from sushi, there's the standby classics like chicken teriyaki, as well as more surprising dishes like Brussels sprouts.

Momoya, Multiple Locations.
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Sushi Seki
Famous for their omakase, NYC locals flock to Sushi Seki day and night. With locations all over Manhattan, their commitment to good sushi and simplicity makes Seki special. If you find yourself craving raw fish late at night, we have good news — its Upper East Side location is open to the unheard-of hour (at least when it comes to sushi) of 2:30 a.m.

Sushi Seki, Multiple Locations.
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Takahachi
Takahachi's two locations in Lower Manhattan are both perfect spots for quality sushi at an affordable price. Their menu features both typical rolls as well as an extensive omakase section, leaving even the most sushi-obsessed happy. Their special rolls offer inventive interpretations of the cuisine, like the "Bee Movie," served with pumpkin tempura and eel. Who would have thought the legacy of the weird movie where Jerry Seinfeld voices a bee (and, least we forget, falls in love with a human woman) would yield a delicious sushi roll.

Takahachi, Multiple Locations.
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SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa
This California staple has finally landed in NYC and has lived up to its hype. The menu is filled with very fresh a la carte omakase options, but if want some variety, you can choose from one of their "Trust Me" categories, which give you a chance to try a bunch of different types of sushi, and range from $23 to $45 dollars. If you want to go, keep in mind there are no reservations. So be prepared to wait for up to 3 hours — or sneak by a few hours before you want to go and put your name down.

SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa, 33 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South); 347- 705-8100.
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Sushi Azabu
At Sushi Azabu, they pride themselves on their ability to display omotenashi, a Japanese word that loosely translates as a kind of selfless, warm hospitality. Their excellent service isn't the only thing they've imported from Japan — the fish are, too, and all the chefs trained there as well. it's almost as if, by descending to Sushi Azabu's subterranean locale in TriBeCa, you've found yourself transported to Tokyo. Dinner service starts at $100, which isn't cheap, but a heck of a lot less than roundtrip airfare.

Sushi Azabu, 428 Greenwich Street (between Laight and Vestry Street); 212-274-0428.
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Sushi On Jones
Uni on wagyu at Sushi On Jones — you dig? This shining sushi spot actually happens to be a sushi kiosk at the Bowery Market. Now that the sun's out, get ready to grab a spot at their outdoor counter to chow down on your favorite rolls and sashimi. It's fresh.

Sushi On Jones, 348 Bowery (at Cooper Square); 917-270-1815.
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Masa
Elegant sushi in an elegant setting, Masa offers premium sashimi for a fixed (albeit extremely high) price. Chef Masa makes the rolls worth every penny, for die-hard sushi fanatics, with his innovative and highly skilled culinary precision. The Per Se of NYC sushi, Masa is not for the faint of hearts (ahem, wallets).

Masa, 10 Columbus Circle (at 59th Street); 212- 823-9800.
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Ki Sushi
The fare at Ki is inventive, fresh (i.e. fish flown in from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market), fairly priced, and all around delicious. If you're planning to stop by this cozy Cobble Hill sushi spot, be sure to try at least one of the unique appetizers (e.g. the sea foie gras) in addition to any of the tantalizing special rolls. We're currently dreaming about the "Ki Roll" with a mix of tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, all topped with spicy-crunchy king crab, avocado, caviar and gold leaves. Jackpot.

Ki Sushi, 122 Smith Street (at Dean Street) in Brooklyn; 718-935-0575.
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Sushi Zo
If you're in the market for omakase-only, Sushi Zo fits the (probably pricier) bill. One of those sleek yet simple places where you can taste just how much care and precision goes into the sashimi, Zo is deemed "high-end" for good reason. The Chef, Keizo Seki, offers an extensive menu that will delight the most seasoned of sushi diners.

Sushi Zo, 88 West 3rd Street (at Sullivan Street); 646-405-4826.
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Sushi Yasuda
Known for the freshness of their fish, Sushi Yasuda is at the top of our list for good reason — this midtown spot flies their sashimi straight in from Japan. With a minimalist-modern look, the bright atmosphere leaves a clean canvas for the artful chefs and rolls to do all the delicious work.

Sushi Yasuda, 204 East 43rd Street (at 3rd Avenue); 212- 972-1001.
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Hatsuhana
Established back in the 1970s, Hatsuhana is one of NYC's pioneers of Japanese cuisine. Sticking to traditional preparation techniques, the sushi rolls are precise and the final presentation is artfully impeccable.

Hatsuhana, 17 East 48th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenue); 646- 682-7879.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi
A Bromberg Brother creation, this upscale spot is definitely one to write home about. With fish flown in daily from across the Atlantic and Pacific, there's no beating the freshness of Blue Ribbon's creations. Not to mention, the menu is extensive enough to satisfy just about any degree of sushi lover wandering the streets of NYC.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, 119 Sullivan Street (at Prince Street); 212- 343-0404.
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Mamasushi
Mamasushi is artful Japanese fusion fare at its finest. With an unexpected and fresh Latin American twist, stop by this spot to be delighted. And be sure to try the" Hot Mama Roll": traditional sushi mixed with fried plantains and jalapeños.

Mama Sushi, 3569 Broadway (between W. 146th and W, 147th Street); 646-682-7879.
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15 East
If you consider yourself a diehard sushi fanatic, then 15 East deserves a spot on your raw fish hit list. With modern decor and traditional Japanese dishes, this top-notch spot is by far some of the best sushi in NYC. The chefs are knowledgable, the staff is accommodating, and the rolls are fresh. What more could you want? Get on over to 15 East!

15 East, 15 E. 15th Street (between 5th Avenue and Union Square W.); 212 647-0015.
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Momo Sushi Shack
If you're looking for a sushi spot in Williamsburg that's great for smaller groups, look no further than Momo. With its long picnic-like tables and cash-only payment policy, this restaurant is ideal for good vibes without all the fuss. Not to mention the rolls are quirkily delicious (e.g. the pork betty or the spicy Mcbomb). Just make sure you arrive early to stake out your space!

Momo Sushi Shack, 43 Bogart Street (at Moore Street) in Brooklyn; 718-418-6666.
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Sushi Of Gari
Run by renowned Japanese chef, Masatoshi "Gari" Sugio, this sleek Manhattan chain is top notch. With locales in Tribeca, the UES, Columbus Circle, Midtown, and even a spot in Hollywood, Gari is serving up traditional-fresh sushi with a twist — the soy sauce is pre-infused into each piece for optimal flavor notes.

Sushi of Gari, Multiple locations in Manhattan.
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Cherin Sushi
This tiny Japanese spot is the perfect place to grab a casual-cozy bite with friends in the East Village. The rolls are fresh, affordable, and named after former customers (e.g. the Karen Roll). The real kicker? Cherin's also BYOB.

Cherin Sushi, 306 E. 6th Street (at 2nd Avenue); 212-388-1348.
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Bohemian
This secret Japanese spot is reservation by referral only! If you haven't been referred, you could always try ringing with a generic name, or even take your walk in chances. But whatever you choose, the risk will be worth the delicious reward. Bohemian's scene is retro and their dishes are indulgently inventive (case in point: the foie gras sushi).

Bohemian, 57 Great Jones Street (at Bowery); 212-228-4181.
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SUSHISAMBA West Village
Not your average sushi joint — SUSHISAMBA serves an unexpected fusion of Brazilian and Japanese fare. The atmosphere is fresh, funky, and highly metropolitan. Stop by on Thursday through Saturday nights to enjoy your rolls while a DJ spins.

SUSHISAMBA West Village, 87 7th Avenue S. (at Barrow Street); 212-691-7875.
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BondST
This sushi spot is about as chic as they come and is the perfect place for just about any special occasion. With a darkly lit and sleekly structured interior, BondST offers a highly metropolitan vibe in additional to some majorly delectable dishes (the wagyu beef tataki is amazing).

BondST, 6 Bond Street (at Lafayette Street); 212-777-2500.
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One Or Eight
This Williamsburg sushi spot is the definition of trendy. Set in what appears to be an abandoned, graffitied warehouse, the interior is whitewashed and warmly lit. The friendly service and inventive twist on classic Japanese dishes make 1or8 a must-visit.

1or8, 66 S 2nd Street (at Wythe Avenue); 718-384-2152.
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Hibino
Hibino is simple, affordable, and damn good. On the outskirts of Brooklyn Heights, this restaurant is great for a casual sushi meal that still feels special.

Hibino, 333 Henry Street (at Pacific Street); 718-260-8052.
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Zest
What could be better than BYOB sushi? BYOB sushi on the Lower East Side of NYC. Zest is the perfect, low-key spot to get an affordable but still hip sushi fix.

Zest, 249 Broome Street (at Ludlow Street); 212-677-3158.
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Sushi Katsuei
This Park Slope joint serves up authentic and moderately priced rolls in a cozy-clean neighborhood environment. Any die-hard sushi fanatics must check out this spot's surprising, high-end (yet affordable) omakase tasting menu.

Sushi Katsuei, 210 7th Avenue (at 3rd Street) in Brooklyn; 212-788-5338.
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