We like to make the distinction between great Japanese restaurants and places to get sushi because—as most New Yorkers have found out the hard way—the two aren't necessarily the same. Here's where to get your sushi on in the best possible fashion.
Located on the same block as its sister restaurant, Blue Ribbon (Manhattan), Blue Ribbon Sushi (Manhattan) represents the collaboration of the Bromberg Brothers' Blue Ribbon approach with their partner Toshi Ueki's skill and love of Japanese cuisine. The restaurant has enjoyed hu...119 Sullivan Street (bet. Prince & Spring Sts.)
Sushi Yasuda is named after the world renowned Sushi Chef Naomichi Yasuda. Yasuda is renowned as a tuna specialist – he typically offers seven or eight options for tuna "fattiness" that apply to his hon-maguro (bluefin) and mebachi-maguro (big-eye) tunas. Yasuda's dexte...204 E 43rd St
At Masa Takayama's namesake restaurant, you won't find standard menus any more than you'll find the standard sushi chef. While he's been in the States since 1980, working at his craft in Los Angeles and New York, Takayama's beginnings in Tokyo laid the foundations and set the cou...10 Columbus Circle (West 60th Street)
A cozy sushi restaurant featuring the signature sushi tates of Masatoshi Gari Suggio and a wealth of other traditional Japanese dishes.402 E 78th St (1st Ave.)
Noriyuki Takahashi takes over from renowned founder Masato Shimizu. 15 East continues to be dedicated to the craft and discipline of premier Japanese cuisine adding a modern twist.15 E 15th St (bet. 5th Ave. & Union Sq. W.)
Officially named BONDST, but called Bond Street by just about everyone else, this NoHo property offers a warm minimalist interior design in a hip downtown location. The cuisine is new Japanese with European and Asian influences.6 Bond St (bet. B'way & Lafayette St.)
As famous for the wait to get in as the quality of the sushi they serve, Tomoe is a must-stop on any New Yorker's Restaurant list. For the money—which is actually pretty considerable, now that we mention it—Tomoe is one of the best sushi values in the city.172 Thompson St (bet. Bleecker & Houston Sts.)