I could eat sushi seven days a week. NYC is filled with incredible Japanese restaurants, but some stand out to me more than others. Here's five spots I've been dining at for years and cannot wait to go back to. Some are more authentic than others and at different price points. One thing they all have in common? The fish is always fresh! Most of these have only been open for takeout and delivery, but check each of their websites to see if they will be offering indoor dining at 25% capacity.
I used to live next door to Sushi Yasaka for 5 years. Whether it was dining in, takeout or delivery, my husband and I ate here at least once a week (usually 2-3 times a week). They have an awesome nigiri sushi special with 9 pieces and a roll for under $30 (pictured above), and when you're able to dine in at their sushi bar, they have an awesome omakase special for $50 something dollars. You won't regret it!
It's kind of funny - I used to live a block away from the Sushi Seki in Chelsea and never went, but when I left the neighborhood and was looking for a sushi spot in Chelsea or Hell's Kitchen it was my go to. Their spicy scallop hand roll is to die for. I once ordered three at a time as a mid-day snack. It's a little bit on the pricey side when you get a platter like the above, but so worth it. They now have an awesome outdoor dining set up.
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Remember entertaining people at work? I'm a publicist, so this was my number one sushi spot to take editors who wanted sushi in Midtown or the Lower East Side. Their spicy rolls (tuna, scallop and salmon) are my go to and when you are able to dine in doors, they have a great ambiance. Can't go wrong with any Blue Ribbon restaurants.
If you're a sushi lover, you know of, or have been to Momoya. They have one of the best Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice dishes in town. It's always packed and they have one on the UWS and in Chelsea. No reservations here, but usually you don't have to wait too long... and if you do, it's definitely worth the wait.
Sushi Yasuda is definitely a treat. I've only been once, because I was intimidated by the price point, but I went for lunch and it wasnt too bad. This was one of the best pieces of uni I have ever had in my life. It's super authentic, and they do a la carte nigiri and omakase at the sushi bar. They just re-opened for indoor dining - make a reservation through Resy or they have takeout/pickup. Be prepared to drop about $75-150 a person.