New York’s sushi scene has come a long way over the last two decades — so much so that great sashimi and nigiri can be found in most neighborhoods. Today, Manhattan has some of the highest-quality seafood found outside of Japan, and the city’s top counters are as good as many respected places in Tokyo. In the last year, New York has welcomed in top-tier players like Yoshino and more affordable counters like Gouie. One thing to note, though, is that thanks to recent inflation, many sushi spots have raised their prices anywhere from several bucks to $20 dollars or more, making those budget-friendly and casual spots even more desirable.
Below, this guide spans the gamut from Shion 69 Leonard, where you’re likely to spend over $1,000 for two, to the quality-driven neighborhood gem that still might cook chicken teriyaki.