Longtime sushi counter Sushiden appears to have closed both of its Midtown locations. The pair of restaurants have been a stalwart in NYC’s sushi scene for over three decades — a neighborhood favorite and an influential space where some of NYC’s top sushi chefs got their start in the U.S.
Sushiden is part of a larger restaurant company that operates various locations in Japan and first came to New York 32 years ago. The first opened on 49th St. and Madison Ave. in 1987, and the second opened across town on 49th St. and Seventh Avenue in 1988. Both were small, minimalist spaces with counter seating and offered simple sushi and sashimi menus.
The restaurant was known were being the starting grounds for various sushi chefs in the city, most notably including chef Nozomu Abe, who spent three years heading up Sushiden before branching out on his own with the Michelin-starred Sushi Noz. Chef Kunihide Nakajima, who ran the now-closed Jado Sushi counter in Harlem, also previously worked at Sushiden.
Yelp and Google list the restaurants as closed, and both phone lines have been disconnected. Eater NY has reached out for more information.