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NYC's Best Sushi/Sashimi Restaurants

For those interested, we have systematically worked our way through the city's omakase menus, and believe that these are the twenty best sashimi and sushi restaurants in the city:

1. Masa
2. Kurumazushi
3. Sasabune
4. Ichimura at Brushstroke
5. Sushi Yasuda
6. Sushi of Gari
7. 15 East
8. Sushi Seki
9. Neta
10. Soto
11. Morimoto
12. Sushi Azabu
13. Blue Ribbon Sushi
14. Kanoyama
15. Ushiwakamaru
16. Jewel Bako
17. Kyo Ya
18. Rosanjin
19. Nadaman Hakubai
20. Koi

We realize some of these choices may prove controversial. Explanations of the rankings and photos are available here: http://blog.argusguide.com/new-york-c...

Sep 23, 2013
ArgusGuide in Manhattan

Kyo Ya Rave

I agree with you that I think they are largely content to cater to word of mouth and exist as a semi-secret restaurant. I don't know whether it is too small to accommodate more interest - there are plenty of other restaurants (Kurumazushi and tasting counters like Masa, Ko, Atera, Chef's Table) that are similarly small but with significantly more interest. Of course, those places are a pain to get a reservation now. But all the times I have eaten at Kyo Ya (which predated the Times review, so I don't know what it's like now), there were always empty tables.

Aug 24, 2012
ArgusGuide in Manhattan

Kyo Ya Rave

The 3-star Times review was only 4 months ago and long overdue. Before that, the Times had never reviewed it, despite it having been open 5 years, excepting a 9-sentence blurb they posted when it opened (the NY Mag review is even shorter). The restaurant doesn't have a website and isn't on OpenTable. As a result, my experience has been that the vast majority of New Yorkers haven't even heard of it. People that take a strong interest in NYC restaurants are obviously an exception to that generalization, which includes the posters on this forum.

Aug 23, 2012
ArgusGuide in Manhattan

NYC's Best Sushi/Sashimi Restaurants

Lots of threads have discussed what is the “best” sushi restaurant in NYC. This post is a little different. We are interested in a comprehensive list of sushi restaurants in NYC that would qualify as truly fine in quality. The reason is that, long-term, our website will feature reviews and high-resolution photography of every restaurant in NYC that we consider to be truly first-rate (probably ~250). In the interim, we’ll be launching with the first 100 restaurants in a couple of months, but we want to ensure that we adequately cover the field for sushi, which can often dredge up some less familiar names. Are there any restaurants that you think ought to be added to the list below that serve sushi or sashimi and that should be considered for inclusion? We’re looking for an objective evaluation of quality irrespective of price and please note that this is a list of restaurants that ought to be tried and considered for inclusion, not a definitive list of restaurants that we think are truly fine in quality.

Aburiya Kinnosuke
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Bar Masa
BondSt
Brushstroke
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
15 East
Geisha
Hatsuhana
Jewel Bako
Kajitsu
Kanoyama
Koi
Kurumazushi
Kyo Ya
Masa
Momofuku Ko
Nadaman Hakubai
Neta
Megu/Megu Midtown
Morimoto
Mr. Robata
Neta
Nobu/Nobu 57
Omen
1or8
Rosanjin
Shimizu
Shinbashi
Soto
Sushi-Ann
Sushi Azabu
Sushiden
Sushi of Gari
Sushi Seki
Sushi Sen-Nin
Sushi Yasuda
Sushi Zen
Takahachi
Tomoe Sushi
Tsushima
21 Grams
Ushiwakamaru

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Aug 23, 2012
ArgusGuide in Manhattan

Kyo Ya Rave

We agree that Kyo Ya is a superb restaurant that is vastly underappreciated. To our knowledge, there are really 5 great Kaiseki restaurants in NYC: Brushstroke, Kyo Ya, Rosanjin, Nadaman Hakubai and Sugiyama. (I'm assuming Kajitsu doesn't qualify, although it is of course related). Where would you rank Kyo Ya in that list vis-a-vis the others?

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Aug 23, 2012
ArgusGuide in Manhattan