7 “Hidden Gems” for the Best Sushi in New York City

If you’re bored with the wonderful but all-too-similar Sushi of Gari, Masa, or Sushi Nakazawa, below you’ll find the top 7 stand-out places to go for incredible sushi.

Momo Sushi Shack

Created by Makoto Suzuki, the owner of Bozu Samurai Mama in Williamsburg, this sushi place in Bushwick serves up the house special “sushi bombs.” These are hand-crafted little balls of sushi mixed with shredded vegetables, mixed with a creamy sauce, and named anointed with inventive names such as the Spicy McBomb, made of tuna, spicy mayo, cucumber, and katafi.

Ko Ya

This underground East Village sushi den offers a delightful kaiseki tasting—but don’t show up without a reservation. The delectable sashimi and sushi are always available a la carte, and though ingredients may change from visit to visit, you can always expect the freshest of the fresh raw fish here. Aside from having the freshest of the fresh Tasmanian salmon trout and Hokkaido octopus, their specialty pressed shiso with a ginger-infused rice is “to die for,” garnished with either salmon marinated in soy or a dollop of buttery mackerel.

Bugs

Despite the bizarre name, this East Village eatery doesn’t have insects on the menu—only specialties such as amped-up nigiri: house-made fluke dressed with wasabi pesto or exquisite snapper with a dollop of crafted plum jam. Chef Sho Boo, originally from Osaka Japan, is a female sushi chef who honed her craft at Sushi Yasuda and Jewel Bako before taking on the role of restauranteur with the 15-seat Bugs.

Sushi Katsuei

Doled out from behind a wooden counter, this Park Slope sushi hangout serves up mounds of nigiri the traditional way, with hills of loose rice threaded with slivers of fish, dressed with a bit of wasabi or a light swab of citrus—or both! With a price tag of $45 for the omakase, Sushi Katsuei is not only a delectable respite from the typical California roll sushi establishment, but also a heck of a deal as well.

Hasaki

A neighborhood fixture in the East Village since 1984, Hasaki remains a favorite with the area’s inhabitants because of its high-quality ingredients and reasonable prices. Visit Hasaki at lunch time to sample their lunch platters, which are some of the best sushi deals around.

Hibino

Another longstanding NYC sushi tradition, Hibino serves Cobble Hill and Long Island City, serving up rectangular bites of grilled Spanish mackerel, eel, and tuna, plus its house special, the ultra-creamy and ultra-delicious tofu. The can’t-miss dish, however, is the hako sushi, served Kyoto-style with layers of pressed rice, fish, and minty leaves of shiso.

Watawa Sushi

When you’re in dire need of some insanely outstanding sushi rolls, then roll on up to Watawa Sushi. With unique combinations like spicy crab meat, cucumber, and mango rolled up into one spicy-sweet treat in the Bumble Bee, or the Park Avenue, made up of salmon, tuna and radish sprouts, Watawa knows how to make some exquisite and creative sushi treats. If you have more staid sushi loves along with you, they’ll find elegant simplicity in the tasty sashimi and sushi offerings.

With any of these 7 sushi hot spots, you’ll have plenty of options when you’re looking for some scrumptious sushi that’s a little out of the ordinary.