Special Report

The Best Sushi Bars in America

Source: Courtesy of Sushi Ginza Onodera

Sushi Ginza Onodera
> Location: Honolulu, HI

Honolulu’s acclaimed Sushi Ginza Onodera is a small sushi bar with abundant light wood decor, specializing in Edomae sushi, in which the fish is aged according to a variety of methods, from hours to days, in order to maximize its flavor and texture. All fish is imported from Tokyo’s Toyosu Fish Market, and the rice comes from Japan’s Niigata prefecture and is tinted with red vinegar.

Source: via Yelp / Courtesy of Sushi House Hayakawa

Sushi House Hayakawa
> Location: Atlanta, GA

This traditional upscale sushi restaurant has been a must-visit since 2008 for in-the-know Atlantans looking for the freshest fish in the city. Chef Atsushi Hayakawa (a James Beard Award finalist) sources his offerings from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market and all over the globe. Guests who choose to reserve the Hayakawa Omakase (just four per night) are treated to a meal prepared by and served by chef Hayakawa himself. If you visit, keep in mind that perfumes and other strong fragrances that would interfere with the meal are banned.

Sushi Kame
> Location: Las Vegas, NV

When each diner sits down at the sushi counter at Sushi Kame, located about a mile off the Strip, Chef Eric has a conversation with them about their personal tastes and curiosities before setting off to create an omakase menu especially for them. Two versions of this personalized experience are available (for $350 or $500 each), and each showcases a variety of ingredients, preparations, textures, and, of course, the freshest seafood possible.

Source: Courtesy of Sushi Kashiba

Sushi Kashiba
> Location: Seattle, WA

From three-time James Beard Award nominee Shiro Kashiba, who trained under renowned sushi master Jiro Ono, Sushi Kashiba opened in 1970 as Seattle’s first sushi bar and remains the city’s gold standard for sushi. Crowds continue to flock to the sushi counter in Pike Place Market for a taste of Kashiba’s daily-changing omakase, or take a seat at a table for now-iconic dishes including sake-marinated miso black cod, sautéed geoduck with asparagus and shiitake mushroom, and chawanmushi with crab and white fish.

Sushi Nakazawa
> Location: New York City, NY

Chef Daisuke Nakazawa is one of America’s most revered sushi chefs, and diners at his New York home base are treated to a 20-course omakase that features nigiri esclusively. The fish and shellfish is sourced from around the world with a special focus on Japan, and because the menu is laser-focused on nigiri, diners are guaranteed some of the finest, most exquisite they’ll ever try.

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