Rice, nori, and New York City spirit—think unusual ingredients and drink pairings. You can combine both for an innovative experience at the best sushi restaurants in New York. At these nine destinations, chopsticks and an open mind are required.
The food world’s “plant-based sushi movement” began at Beyond Sushi. At this vegan eatery, chefs treat local and seasonal produce with the same reverence that a sushi master has for fish. At its five Manhattan locations, Beyond Sushi offers rolls with mango, pickled jalapeño, black bean purée, and other unconventional ingredients. Tip: Don’t skimp on dipping sauces, such as the toasted cayenne and shiitake truffle.
At “The Original Hand Roll Bar,” freshly made hand rolls outshine the standard sets sushi-eaters may be used to. The signature snack at L.A.-import KazuNori presents familiar ingredients, including rice and nori, in a form nearly as fresh as its blue crab, lobster, and scallop stuffings. At $5.25 to $11, diners can afford to enjoy as many hand rolls as they can carry.
At the 21-year-old Sushi of Gari, every bite is perfection. The Upper East Side mainstay (today, Gari boasts six concepts across New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles) pre-dresses each sushi piece with the perfect amount of sauce and toppings, including escargot herb butter, prosciutto, and white truffle oil.
Serious foodies will recognize this restaurant’s name from shows like Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, through which Masaharu Morimoto became a household name. At Morimoto, plates of deep-fried soft shell crab rolls and freshwater eel and Golden Big Eye Snapper sashimi captivate diners more than any screen could.
Take one look at the menu, and it’s easy to see why Sushi Seki has garnered a devoted following of New York City chefs, including Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud. An extensive wine list and late closing time make it a popular go-to, but it’s the masterful sushi and sashimi, such as Snow Crab California rolls and raw mirugai, that has earned this mini-chain its cult status among cooks.