Yorkville, Upper East Side
402 E 78th St
New York, NY 10021 (212) 517-5340or three at the most) pieces at a time is the best for freshness in my opinion. I realize anyone can watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi and then say what I say about instantly serving sushi
OK, and now from Time Out:
NYC’s 12 best sushi restaurants: Top spots for Japanese food
TONY trekked all over town checking out the top toro-touting dens in the city, both old-school joints and big-ticket temples. Here are the city's best sushi restaurants.Tue Apr 23 2013As Sakura Matsuri blossoms in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, we’ve got Japan on the mind, namely its most delicious export: sushi. Weeding out the less-than-best competition, these are Gotham’s best sushi restaurants, from no-nonsense sashimi spots nestled in nondescript office buildings to shiny toro-touting palaces helmed by Michelin-starred toques. Sushi fanatics, you’re welcome.
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Photograph: Filip WolakUshiwakamaru
Per Se, Masa represents all-out indulgence: At the bar—made of a $60,000 piece of rare Japanese hinoki wood—Takayama and his acolytes lavishly press shaved truffles into lightly warmed rice beds, before topping them with kingly sea bream; sumptuously enrich risotto with uni and truffle butter; and fill their shabu-shabu pots with slabs of foie gras and fresh lobster. It’s a luxury that few but deep-pocketed whales can afford, but Takayama’s three-Michelin-starred gem is cross-off-your-bucket-list dining at its finest. Omakase: $450.
- 136 W Houston St, (between MacDougal and Sullivan Sts), 10012-25
- Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, fourth floor, (at 60th St)
- 401 E 73rd St, (at First Ave)
- 61 W 8th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10011
- 1143 First Ave, (between 62nd and 63rd Sts), 10021-77
- 7 E 47th St, second floor, (between Fifth and Madison Aves), 10017
- 30 Hudson St, (at Duane St), 10013
- 204 E 43rd St, (between Second and Third Aves), 10017
- 402 E 78th St, (between First and York Aves), 10021
Tocqueville) and his wife, Jo-Ann Makovitzky—Jewel Bako vet Masato Shimizu presides over a nine-seat dark wood bar overlooking an airy high-ceilinged dining room. Shimizu employs first-rate seafood flown in from Japan, deftly molding lightly torched golden-eye snapper or luscious soy-lacquered cherry salmon on beds of loose toothsome grains. Creamy sweet Hokkaido uni, seasoned with a slick of soy sauce, is encased by a crisp nori strip, while fall-apart anago (sea eel) gets a light dip in sweet soy. Whipping out fish anatomy charts and well-worn books to show where the exceptional cuts of smooth, deep-red tuna come from, Shimizu schools novices and aficionados alike. Superlative nigiri with a side of education? We’ll happily sign up for instruction. Average piece of sushi: $4–$15; omakase: $65–$120.
- 175 Second Ave, (at 11th St), 10003
Degustation, Jack’s Oyster Bar) brought a bit of Tokyo cool to the East Village when they opened this intimate sushi-ya—hidden behind a heavy black door—in 2001. Now a neighborhood favorite, Jewel Bako maintains its downtown cred with buzzy young crowds and a stylish bamboo-tunnel dining room. In the back, amiable sushi maestro Yoshi Kousaka skillfully slices imported rarities in between sipping glasses of wine sent over by regulars. The sushi omakase gets you a dozen of Kousaka’s raw-fish marvels, including a remarkably thin sliver of Tasmanian salmon brushed with smoked soy sauce; finely chopped white roe shrimp on a loose lobe of rice; and lush cherry-blossom snapper topped with a dab of tangy plum paste and fragrant shiso shards. The highlight: a cup containing the sea’s most decadent creatures—creamy king crab, pearls of briny salmon roe, brûléed uni and scallop—for one single exquisite bite. Average piece of sushi: $4.50; omakase: $65.
- 15 E 15th St, (between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West)
- 239 E 5th St, (between Second and Third Aves)