New York's Best Japanese Restaurants Will Have You Saying 'Arigato'

No matter who you are, New York has the food and the corners that feel like they are precisely made for you. Whether you like to break out of every mold or you want to blend into the crowd, New York is the city that allows you to be yourself.

But what if yourself is a person who is intensely craving sushi and sashimi? With the largest Japanese population on the East coast of the United States, we don't worry about you for a second.

We forget that the assortment of food options in America is relatively new. Japanese restaurants were almost unknown in America until after World War II. Now the main problem is the scale of choice. It is so mighty that you may occasionally consider giving up the whole eating thing. There will be someone on a cleanse in your office who will be happy to have you join their team.

We want to help. This list is designed to help you find Japanese food that is fresh, creative and delicious. Consider the inventive multi-course meals at Brushstroke, which masters such delicate dishes as Lobster and Chanterelles Mushroom Chawan-mushi Truffle Ankake. Or indulge in Sushi Yasuda's masterful and delightfully fresh fish that tastes like it swam from the ocean to your plate.

These restaurants are worth your hard earned dollars. In exchange, you will be mouthing the words "tasty" and "terrific" in between noble efforts to make rice balance on your chopsticks. You'll get it one day.

With much of the delicious food in New York coming with a hefty price tag, it is refreshing to see a restaurant declare that it is casual. Even better, you get two restaurants for the price of one. Sake Bar Hagi is in the basement and is open...  Read More


A sake bar as much as it is an exceptional restaurant, Sakagura pairs its over 200 types of sake with tapas-style Japanese dishes and homemade desserts. You could always go for the sashimi, but inventive dishes include the Sliced Egg Omelette...  Read More

Union Square
15 East

Chef Marco Moreira wants to make sure you never eat "fake sushi" again. If you have been getting by with faux crab legs and extra spicy mayo, the upscale 15 East will put your sushi expectations in their place. 15 East has won numerous awards...  Read More


Even if you don't hail from New York City, you have likely heard of many of the monuments, street names and even restaurants. Nobu makes that list as one of New York's most recognized Japanese restaurants. Its fame is punctuated by frequent...  Read More

Exclusion does one of two things to people: 1) It makes you not even care because you're too cool for it anyway. 2) It makes you want in. Really, really, bad. If you are in camp 2, there is no judgment, but there is a restaurant for you. The...  Read More

While at one point in time, many Americans thought "Japanese food" was synonymous with sushi, New York now has many diverse offerings under the same cultural umbrella. Zenkichi is one of those unique dining experiences. You will be escorted to a...  Read More

EN Japanese Brasserie

In the West village, EN Japanese Brasserie takes carefully selected local and Japanese ingredients and elevates them to something far greater than what they would be alone. Tofu is made in-house and is prepared six times a night. It is...  Read More

East Village

In the age of social media and oversharing, Kyo Ya doesn't even have a website. This quiet confidence extends to its food with small plates that are perfectly executed. Try the Alaskan kinki or the sea urchan on tofu skin. Vegetarian sides...  Read More

While the Upper West side location might have you assuming an expensive pricetag, Sushi Yasaka is committed to delicious Japanese food that doesn't break the bank. Open since 2011, the diverse menu is clustered into groups, from noodles to maki...  Read More

We're not going to lie to you and tell you that eating at Brushstroke is a financially sound decision. Nor are we going to play on words by telling you that it is a "stroke" of good fortune to eat here (although for a writer, that is difficult...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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