SoHo's Best Restaurants: This sleek sushi bar is part of an award-winning network of restaurants that also includes a bakery, after-hours chefs' hangout, an elegant cocktail bar and brand new fried chicken outpost in the East Village. Located on a leafy stretch of Thompson Street, Blue Ribbon sushi has intimate interiors and oodles of fan. Fight your way to the front to try to grab a seat at the sushi bar, where masterful chefs serve ultra-fresh fish, flawless sticky rice and an array of sake samplers. Daily specials can prove pricey, but it's hard to resist decadent monkfish liver or buttery sea urchin topped with sauteed shallots and succulent roe. Diet starts Monday, right?
Sushi: A sibling to the popular Blue Ribbon Restaurant, Blue Ribbon Sushi offers tantalizingly fresh, somewhat pricey choices in its modest SoHo digs. Good choices include creative takes on dragon rolls, fresh sea urchin and cooked shallots and roe. A good selection of soups, salads and vegetarian dishes are also available. Order sake samplers or by the bottle from the well-stocked bar. Business casual dress. Reservations not accepted. TRAIN: C, E to Spring St