With locations in both the East Village and Tribeca, Takahachi is the neighborhood solution in two areas with no shortage of expensive sushi places. Order a sushi deluxe platter.
Another East Village OG with very fresh fish. It does get slammed, so the move is to grab a bar seat. Order the tuna tartare and any of the chef’s specials.
The sushi headquarters for all residents of Chelsea high rises. What do they come for? Spicy tuna on crispy rice. The goma-ae spinach with sesame sauce is incredible too. The space is one of the nicest on this list, and it works for nicely for a date or girls’ night out or even a work lunch if your office is in Flatiron or Chelsea. There’s an Upper West Side location too, which is pretty much the same.
When you walk into Sushi You, the first thing you’ll notice is the Japanese music videos playing on the TVs behind the bar. If you sit at the bar, you’ll have to order the omakase, which starts at a pretty reasonable $60 and features some pretty inventive sushi. Sometimes pieces take a while to come, and some of the sauces are a bit sweet, but when you want creativity, quality, and fun in one place, this small under-the-radar spot is where you want to be. In addition to the omakase option, you can also get out of here very affordably if you sit at a table, where you can order a la carte.
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.
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.
Japonica has been around since the 70s, which might sound terrifying at first, because whoa, what was sushi in the 70s in NYC like? But this is actually a quality neighborhood spot that’s full of Greenwich Village/West Village people. It’s not cheap cheap, but there are ways to get out of here reasonably - they have a well-priced bento box for example. The place is pretty small but extremely efficient.
When you need to eat a yellowtail and scallion roll in the mid-50s, this is where you come. Nothing about the space or the food are going to rock your world, but you’ll also be able to leave satisfied and not-poor.
Do you work (or live, god forbid?) near Times Square? If so, you’ll be happy to know about Natsumi. It’s the kind of place you can get a solid spicy tuna roll, and probably something topped with avocado and various sauces. The space is somewhat upscale-feeling in the sense that it does actually have some level of decor, and prices are pretty reasonable.
Ah, the Upper East Side – 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.
If you’re in Greenpoint, expect this to be your neighborhood sushi spot. It’s on the trendier side (as neighborhood sushi spots go) and the menu is big - in addition to sushi, you can find anything from ramen to pork buns.
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 a good bet for reasonably priced quality raw fish.
A sibling to Bozu, Momo Sushi Shack feels like a little hut, and it definitely doesn’t feel like your standard non-descript neighborhood sushi spot. There are only long communal tables which gives the place a fun vibe. Momo also makes the sushi “bombs,” but there’s regular sushi too. It makes for a good early in the game date spot in Bushwick.
Sushi Katsuei’s excellent $45 omakase is one of the best sushi deals in the city, and we’ve called it 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.
Hit Tsushima at lunchtime, and you’ll find it full of other people who like decent sushi, but don’t have a corporate card situation where spending $80 on a random Friday is totally cool. The space and food are simple, and prices are very reasonable.
Upper West Siders swear by Yasaka – when we polled friends for this list, the Yasaka fans were easily the most fervent in their passion. 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.
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.
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.