When it comes to sushi, you need it fresh, and you need it prepared with care. For all you sushi freaks, we put together a list of the five best NYC sushi restaurants. Bare in mind that all of these are quite pricy, because of the costs involved in producing high quality sushi.
The chef’s selection at Shuko features marbled toro, known as the Kobe beef of the sea, as the opening course, but the rest of the meal does not go down hill. This restaurant isn’t afraid to elevate the humble spicy tuna roll to the gourmet level.
4. Sushi of Gari
Sushi of Gari is known for unusual ingredients like dried squid and tofu mayonnaise, as well as avant-garde combinations, like jalapeño-topped yellowtail and red snapper with pine nuts and lotus root. In addition to quality, there is no shortage of creativity in the menu.
3. Sushi Yasuda
In contrast, Sushi Yasudo relies on simple flavors and preparations. If simplicity is more your style when it comes to sushi, you’ll want to come here to enjoy melt-in-your-mouth tuna and sweet sea scallops.
2. Sushi Nakazawa
The meals at Sushi Nakazawa expose layer after layer of flavor, from briny to fatty, from spicy to salty, the list goes on. The best part of the meal, arguably, is having it served to you by the rambunctious Nakazawa himself, so try to get a spot at the bar if you can.
1. 15 East
It’s difficult to top 15 East. The snapper, salmon, and tuna are basted with flavor and laid on their beds of rice with extreme care. When it comes to taste, presentation and creativity, 15 East makes all-around good sushi.
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