Special Report

The Best Sushi Bars in America

Omakase
> Location: San Francisco, CA

As the name implies, omakase is the way to go at chef Jackson Yu’s San Francisco showstopper, the Michelin-starred Omakase. Fish is flown in fresh from Tokyo three times per week, and it’s served in Edomae style, employing traditional techniques including aging, sujime, konbu jime, shio-jime, and occasional charcoal-grilling and smoking to bring out the unique flavor of each fish. Diners can expect an appetizer, sashimi, chawanmushi, nigiri, an A5 wagyu dish, and a lobster course.

O Ya
> Location: Boston, MA

Boston’s most renowned, most inventive sushi restaurant is also the best in the state. Co-owners Chef Tim and Nancy Cushman have turned a small, 30-seat dining room into a certified Japanese destination where diners are treated to a nightly-changing 20-course chef’s omakase that includes a variety of unique nigiri, sashimi, and cooked dishes. You never quite know what you’re going to get, but it’s sure to be mind-blowing.

Source: Courtesy of The Shota

The Shota
> Location: San Francisco, CA

At The Shota, chef/owner Ingi “Shota” Son serves an omakase-style meal of sushi and small prepared dishes made with fish flown in from Tokyo’s Toyosu Fish Market at a long white counter. Each fish is marinated, aged, and/or cured in the traditional Edomae fashion, and prepared dishes are sourced with only fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and simply prepared.

Source: via Yelp / Courtesy of Shuko

Shuko
> Location: New York City, NY

Widely regarded as the best omakase in New York since Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau opened it near Union Square in 2014, Shuko is an omakase experience wherein diners are treated to now-iconic dishes including toro tartare with caviar, uni, and milk bread and charcoal-seared tuna belly, along with a succession of sashimi adorned with ingredients like truffles and yuzu balsamic. Sitting at the bar here and watching the chefs work in tandem is like having courtside seats to the best game in town.

Source: Courtesy of Sushi Den

Sushi Den
> Location: Denver, CO

A Denver hotspot since 1984, Sushi Den is renowned for flying in fresh seafood from the city of Fukuoka on the Sea of Japan every day. It’s used in a variety of sashimi, nigiri, hand rolls, and specialty rolls, and there’s a daily-rotating “Catch of the Day” menu highlighting what came in that morning.

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