New York’s sushi scene has come a long way over the last two decades — so much so that good sashimi and nigiri in can be found in most neighborhoods. While the city has long been home to dependable local places slinging both tame and exotic rolls, more recently Manhattan has experienced an influx of high-end omakase bars that floss wagyu nigiri and caviar hand rolls like diamond rings.
Today, at better sushi bars, fresh wasabi is standard, not special, and chefs compete for the best Santa Barbara and Kyushu uni, proudly piling the urchin atop carefully pressed mounds of seasoned warm rice. And while the spendy sushi trend doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon, the good news is that all this stellar seafood is inspiring heathy competition among local chefs, yielding a new slew of restaurants — like Uogashi and Sushi Katsuei — which strive to serve great fish at an accessible price.
Below, this guide spans the gamut from top-tier Masa, one of America’s most expensive restaurants, to the quality-driven neighborhood gem that still might cook chicken teriyaki. With that in mind, here is a list of NYC’s sushi houses that are a cut above the rest.
Find out the best places.