Blue Ribbon Sushi, Sushi Seki, Sushi of Gari, Ise, Koi, Tomo

Tomo on Thompson between Bleeker and Houston is supposed to be amazing. I’ve never been there, but the line at Tomo is certainly amazing. It is popular.

Many big spenders prefer Koi where you will need some money and reservations. (212) 921-3330 . The specials are usually interestingly creative.

40 W 40th St (Cross Street: 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10018

Ise is not pricey and has very interesting omakase (let the chef choose). It can be hard to get a table so if you’re going around lunch time show up early (maybe 12:00).

58 W 56th St | Btwn 5th & 6th Ave.
56 Pine St | Btwn Pearl & William St.
151 E 49th St | Btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave.

Sushi Seki and Sushi of Gari, both more expensive, are very high quality and have interesting sushi. Gari is an alumnus of Ise and Seki is an alumnus of Gari.

Sushi Seki: 1143 1st Ave.
Sushi of Gari: 402 E. 78th St.

Many New Yorkers claim that Blue Ribbon Sushi is the best in the city. Its in the village and they have the freshest and best sushi you will ever have. Other New Yorkers are a bit suspicious – they agree that Blue Ribbon is excellent but it depends on when you go because if it is when they are really busy they figure you are a poser or a tourist who won’t know the difference and they do everything in a slipshod way. But if you go after midnight it is much better because they know thay have different kinds of customers then.

119 Sullivan Street (between Prince and Spring streets)
New York, NY 10012
212-343-0404

See also: Affordable, authentic New York sushi: Sounkyo Sushi & Hatsuhana

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