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Sushi By-the-Piece at Wasabi, Times Square's Newest Fast Food Import

Fast Food International Krista Garcia 16 comments

Wasabi, a by-the-piece sushi shop, is the latest fast food import to hit Times Square. More

Sushi Dive Natori Still Going Strong

Nick Solares 1 comment

You can most assuredly find brighter and glitzier spots for sushi and Japanese comfort foods in the East Village, especially if you want to spend a lot more money. But Natori has far more character, history and soul than all of them combined. More

Loop, a Solid Neighborhood Sushi Spot in Gramercy

Nick Solares 2 comments

Loop is a solid neighborhood option for the area. I recommend you stick with the simplest of preparations—the basic rolls and the sashimi—which are the surest bets. The specialty rolls and especially the hot food is more hit and miss. More

Tanoshi Sushi is the Holy Grail of New York Sushi Restaurants

J. Kenji López-Alt 72 comments

I've never been to Sukiyabashi Jiro, the restaurant featured in Jiro Dreams of Sushi so I can't attest to its quality, but the concepts of simplicity, a strive towards perfection, and the humility of a chef who is in service to his ingredients and not the other way around that the movie represents so effectively is the hallmark of all of great sushiya in Japan.

Likewise, having no basis of comparison, I can't really say that Chef Toshio Oguma at Tanoshi Sushi is doing Jiro-level sh*t, but conceptually, he hits every mark, so I'm going to say it anyway: The sushi at Tanoshi sushi is some serious Jiro-level sh*t, the likes of which I haven't seen anywhere outside of Japan. It's a hole-in-the-wall, run-down-before-it-even-opened sushi bar in the public transportation limbo just below Yorkville on the Upper East Side, and it serves one of the best omakase meals I've had anywhere.

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First Look: Sag Harbor's Sen Arrives in Manhattan

First Look Nick Solares 5 comments

The newly minted Sen occupies an ambitiously large space on 21st street in Manhattan. The menu is a congruous blend of traditional and modern: classically prepared sushi and a broader, more eclectic kitchen menu with pan-Asian focus. If the concept sounds less than original, it's worth mentioning that Sen is an offshoot of the nearly two-decades-old Sag Harbor restaurant renowned for their sushi. More

Masaharu Morimoto's 11 Tips for Tuna and Sushi at the New York Culinary Experience

Laura Togut 5 comments

Chef Masaharu Morimoto was at the New York Culinary Experience breaking down a whole tuna into bite-size nigiri and maki. Click through for his tips on getting the most from your fish, with step-by-step shots of the sushi-making process. More

Date Night: Beyond California Rolls at Momo Sushi Shack in Bushwick

Date Night Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 2 comments

Receipts at Momo Sushi Shack come printed with the following: "a prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages." Not exactly what you expect to see when paying the bill, and yet the elegiac, vaguely political note doesn't feel forced. It's the sort of intelligent touch that shows that this perennially packed Japanese restaurant in Bushwick has more in its sights than California rolls and sake bombs. More

The Vegetarian Option: Great Vegetarian Sushi at Geido in Prospect Heights

The Vegetarian Option Howard Walfish 1 comment

After becoming a vegetarian, it took me a while to realize that I could still eat sushi—there's more to it than just raw fish. Over the years I came to revel in the pleasures of vegetarian sushi and other Japanese food. And in the past few years, my go-to place has been Geido on Flatbush Avenue. It's not showy, nor interested in fusion or fancy cooking, but it serves really good, fresh, and tasty food. More

Neta: Masa Alums Set New Bar For Casual Japanese Dining

J. Kenji López-Alt 10 comments

I've long been scouring New York for what Ed Levine aptly describes as the "Holy Grail of Sushi": the one sushi joint where uncompromisingly fresh fish and perfectly cooked rice can be enjoyed without pretentious attitude and at a reasonable price. With the opening of Neta, I believe I finally have an answer. More

Date Night: Shi

Date Night Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler Post a comment

Shi perfectly encapsulates this section of Long Island City. Both exude glitter and polish and sexy elegance, deliberate planning and careful marketing and a little bit of blandness. From inside, you watch Manhattan shine and sparkle, doing the dance it's done in the imaginations of so many for so long. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and plush leather seats, Shi is best for: a loungey date with a lovely view. More

Fast Food International: Taka Taka

Fast Food International Krista Garcia 4 comments

Lower Manhattan just went from zero to two kaiten (conveyor belt sushi) spots in the same week. One kosher, one Mexican. Yes, Mexican. More

The Vegetarian Option: Blue Ribbon Sushi

The Vegetarian Option Laura Togut 6 comments

There's no denying it: sushi is all about the fish. But vegetarians who love their sushi do have one distinct advantage—it's much cheaper. Considering that top-quality sushi bars are never a bargain, this is definitely an advantage worth exploiting. With that in mind, I decided to explore the vegetarian rolls at one of the more popular (and not-so-cheap) downtown sushi restaurants, Blue Ribbon Sushi. More

In The Midnight Hour: Sushi Seki

In the Midnight Hour Zachary Feldman 11 comments

Editor's note: Please welcome Zachary Feldman. His column, "In the Midnight Hour," will take you to a different late-night eatery every week. First up: 2:00am sushi. Here's Zachary! [Photos: Zachary Feldman] The Upper East Side is often blasted for having... More

Lunch for One: Ennju

Lunch for One Kathy YL Chan 1 comment

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] At Ennju right off Union Square, the Miso Katsu Don ($9.50) often shows up as a daily special. It's self-service; order at the counter and wait for your dish. There's plenty of seating, but you... More

Shabu-Shabu 70 on the Upper East Side: What All Neighborhood Sushi Should Be?

Carey Jones 47 comments

While the New York of 2010 may seem to have as many Japanese restaurants as hot dog carts, they're not all created equal. Sure, Manhattan has an impressive number of high-caliber sushi destinations, for those times you're willing to shell out for omakase—but you'll pay dearly for the privilege. What we're always on the lookout for? What Ed Levine once called the "Sushi Holy Grail"—neighborhood restaurants that do simple sushi, right, at a reasonable price. More

Lunch for One: $12 Lunch Set at Sushi Azabu

Lunch for One Kathy YL Chan 2 comments

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] Last week we brought you the lunch special at Greenwich Grill in Tribeca—$12 for three courses. This week we're back with an equally wonderful deal from its sister restaurant Sushi Azabu. Ed reviewed Sushi Azabu... More

Lunch for One: Hasaki in the East Village

Lunch for One Kathy YL Chan 4 comments

[Photo: Kathy Chan] Hasaki is a neighborhood Japanese restaurant I find myself at once or twice a week. It would be lovely to dine at the likes of Sushi Yasuda or 15 East every time a sushi craving arose,... More

Apps Only: Hibino, Cobble Hill

Apps Only Ben Fishner 5 comments

Editor's note: In "Apps Only," Ben Fishner will be eating his way through New York's appetizer, bar, and lounge menus as your guide to fine dining on a budget. Clockwise from bottom left: Edamame, Fried Taro Potatoes, and the... More

Only in Queens: Union Amore Brick Oven Pizza Hookah & B.B.Q. Lounge

Joe DiStefano 6 comments

[Photos: Joe DiStefano] New York City's most diverse borough has plenty of pizzerias, from old-school slice joints like New Park Pizza in Howard Beach and brick-oven spots like Nick's in Forest Hills to ethnic interpretations like bulgogi pizza. I... More

New York Culinary Experience: The Principles of Japanese Cuisine with Morimoto

Chichi Wang 4 comments

[Photographs: Chichi Wang] Sunday afternoon at the New York Culinary Experience passed in a flurry of fish. Masaharu Morimoto may have attended his sushi class with his arm in a cast, but he was flanked by his trusted crew... More

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