THE BEST CASUAL NEIGHBORHOOD SUSHI SPOTS IN NYC
That middle ground of sushi - the good, fairly reasonable neighborhood spot that won't bankrupt you but also happens to be pretty good. Are these places you should travel across town for? Absolutely not. But if they’re a short walk away from your apartment and it’s a Tuesday and one of you is possibly in gym clothes? Perfect.
- •Takahachi (East Village, Tribeca)The East Village and Tribeca both have no shortage of very expensive sushi places. Takahachi is great for an everyday but still quality place. Order a sushi deluxe platter.
- •Kanoyama (East Village)An East Village OG with very fresh fish. It does get slammed, so make a reservation or grab a bar seat.
- •Momoya (Chelsea, Upper West Side)The sushi headquarters for all residents of Chelsea high rises. All about that spicy tuna on crispy rice. The goma-ae spinach with sesame sauce is incredible too. The space is actually pretty nice. UWS location is very similar.
- •Yama (Gramercy)Home of the massive piece of nigiri, you either love Yama’s huge pieces of sushi or hate them. But it’s hard to argue with the fact that this is the go-to spot for the Gramercy neighborhood.
- •Tomoe (Greenwich Village)Another temple of massive pieces of fish. This one may have slipped a bit over the years, and the wait outside can be maddening, but it’s a solid bet if you’re in Greenwich Village or Soho.
- •Mishima (Murray Hill)A large portion of Murray Hill sushi places serve rolls filled with three kinds of flavored mayonnaise and rice krispies inside. Not Mishima. This is a thoughtful, serious sushi place on 30th and Lex – and its devotees are probably going to be mad at us for telling you about it.
- •Matsu (Upper East Side)The Upper East Side is the land of 1000 terrible sushi places and a few really excellent ones. Matsu is the rare middle ground, where you won’t spend $100 a person, but also won’t get food poisoning.
- •Sushi Katsuei (Park Slope)Sushi Katsuei’s excellent $45 omakase is one of the best sushi deals in the city, and probably home to the best sushi in Brooklyn. They also have an extensive a la carte menu, where you can get in and out with a quality meal for much less.
- •Yasaka (Upper West Side)Upper West Siders swear by Yasaka. The specials are great: go for the $24 mini omakase with 6 pieces of sushi topped with interesting sauces and a roll, or the $26 Miyabi with six pieces of traditional sushi, eight pieces of sashimi, and a roll.
- •Bozu (Williamsburg)The sushi here actually comes in the form of “sushi bombs,” which are basically nigiri pieces, but in a circular shape. And the restaurant is actually a “Japanese tapas” place. But in sushi-deprived Williamsburg, this is your best bet for reasonably priced quality raw fish.
- •Hasaki (East Village)Hasaki’s been open since the early 80s, and they still serve some of the freshest sushi in the East Village. We like to sit at the long bar.
- •Sushi West (West Village)This place is pretty much silent save for the constantly playing Bon Iver soundtrack, and the sushi is surprisingly good. A great one to know about in the West Village, which doesn’t have much outside of the very high end.
- •Geido (Prospect Heights)An old school, classic spot with graffiti covering the brick walls. It’s a lively vibe in a category mostly characterized by quiet, non-descript spaces.