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Best Japanese Restaurants in New York

Fish so fresh you would swear it was just flown in from Tsukiji in Tokyo: and it was! Read our recommendations for sushi, sashimi, ramen, yakitori and kaiseki.

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thumbNatsumi
(212) 258-2988
226 West 50th Street,
New York, NY, 10019
Natsumi breaks new ground with their innovative modern Japanese cuisine. Barbara Matsamura and Chef Haru Konagaya team up here to create a strikingly new destination—two separate experiences in two adjacent sites: an elegant re more...
thumbAtlantic Grill
(212) 988-9200
1341 3rd Ave,
New York, NY, 10021
This Upper East Side staple can't really be classified at all as a Japanese restaurant, but as their specialty is all kinds of fish, their sushi is also to die for and so authentic that it may as well be Japanese.
thumbHaru Sushi - Wall Street
(212) 785-6850
One Wall Street Court,
New York, NY, 10005
A chain sushi restaurant that native New Yorkers just can't get enough of. Basic design and basic but utterly delicious Japanese food. Your sushi rolls will never fall apart before making it to your mouth, the fish will never be too fishy, and the appetizers often offer a nice twist on an old classic.
thumbIppudo
(212) 254-1940
65 4th Ave,
New York, NY, 10003
One of New York's best hand-pulled noodle shops, Ippudo is far beyond the usual restaurants with such fare, also including on its menu a far grander selection of Japanese cuisine.
thumbMasa
212-823-9800
10 Columbus Circle,
New York, NY, 10019
Definitely one of the pricier options on the list, but with incredible tastes and views to match. Owner-Chef Masayoshi Takayama has set the bar at near-unreachable heights with this exclusive restaurant on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center. The fare, of course is outstanding, and those who appreciate the finer things will no doubt be tempted to saddle up to the bar and savor the pre fixe (priced $400-600).
Minca
(212) 505-8001
536 E 5th St,
New York, NY, 10009
Minca aptly bills itself as "Ramen Factory," for other than a few standard appetizers, ramen is the only item on the menu. But so many kinds of ramen, served with a really impressive variety of fresh ingredients. Think flavorful mu more...
thumbMorimoto
(212) 989-8883
88 Tenth Avenue / Chelsea Market,
New York, NY, 10011
This famous restaurant from famed Chef Masaharu Morimoto and restaurateur Stephen Starr, is a super stylish scene (a wall made of water bottles actually separates the dining room from the sushi bar) that attracts a fair number of high-profile guests. The menu includes a number of fantastic mains, but for a truly unique Morimoto experience, you must order the Omakase (if you have $120 to spare!)
thumbNobu
(212) 219-0500
105 Hudson St,
New York, NY, 10013
Punctuated by frequent visits from celebrities and the New York elite, Nobu serves food that definitely lives up to its reputation. Try the "new-style sashimi," lightly cooked with garlic and ginger-flavored olive oil. The salads are also surprisingly reasonable for such a pricey restaurant, and of course, the sushi is all fresh and made with exacting standards that will blow your mind.
thumbNext Door Nobu
(212) 334-4445
105 Hudson St,
New York, NY, 10013
Japanese-Peruvian fusion fare soars to unbelievable heights at this off-shoot of the original (and legendary) Nobu. Make no mistake: The scene at Next Door is completely independent of that at its elder sibling, but you'll still catch a similar vive. Anything and everything made with fish is the specialty here.
Otafuku x Metedai
(212) 353-8503
220 East 9th Street,
New York, NY, 10003
Budget heaven: octopus balls served here, cheap and delicious.
thumbRosanjin
(212) 346-7999
141 Duane Street,
New York, NY, 10013
The postcard from Japan made us rather jealous: "We have smiled under the cherry blossoms here in Kyoto. The juxtaposition of old and new is stunning—telephone poles along the ceremonial path to an urban temple, an age-old hous more...
Soba-Ya
(212) 533-6966
229 E 9th St,
New York, NY, 10003
Named after the buckwheat noodles so well-loved in Japan, Soba-Ya features that eponymous cuisine as well as udon noodles in a host of different and delicious meals. Better still, a menu of unusual but tantalizing ice cream awaits you after your entrees!
thumbTakahachi - Tribeca
(212) 571-1830
145 Duane St,
New York, NY, 10013
The upscale new sibling to the longtime East Village favorite, serving Japanese fare to Tribeca.