We already had giants like Nobu and Megu in the hood, but now that the venerable Sushi of Gari has made it’s way downtown, coinciding with the quiet opening of the unbelievably good Ichimura at Brushstroke, we can’t go a block without tripping over a fantastic slice of toro. In fact, we’re going to go ahead and say it: TriBeCa is the unofficial new sushi center of NYC. Or you could just call it the “sushi capital” like we’ve been doing around the office. Whatever strikes your fancy. Just one more reason in a long list to come on over and hang with us.
Sushi of Gari
130 West Broadway
Sushi of Gari’s uptown location has been one of NYC’s best temples of raw fish for years, and they’ve just expanded downtown, moving into the former Bouley Bakery space on West Broadway. The digs are decidedly intimate—the first floor seats 26, and the upstairs sushi bar is an 11-seater, focusing on inventive sushi the way only Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio can. The experience is worth the splurge.
Ichimura at Brushstroke
30 Hudson Street
The soft-spoken Mr. Ichimura, who started as a dishwasher in an uptown sushi joint 42 years ago, serves up some of the best fish to be had in NYC, and utilizes ages-old Japanese cooking techniques that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. This new spot is a secret little nook within Brushstroke now, but you can bet it won’t be long ‘til the reservation book is filled for months. $150 sashimi and sushi omakase.
428 Greenwich Street
This excellent underground sushi restaurant is one of Tribeca’s best-kept secrets. It lies beneath the Greenwich Grill and declines to advertise with any sort of signage. Instead, you just have to know it’s there. And now you do. Go for the cool, speakeasy atmosphere and the super-fresh fish, keep coming back for more just like we do.
77 Hudson Street
Throw out all of your expectations about hushed, reverent sushi bars. This spirited spot is more in line with a Japanese pub with a big communal table, lots of beer and sake, and some seriously well-done bar food. Add in their extensive sushi and sashimi menu, and you’ve got good reason to stick around for hours.
105 Hudson Street
A true classic that has stood the test of time in the ever-growing sushi restaurant universe. Nobu Matsuhisa’s iconic black miso cod and rock shrimp with spicy mayo have been copied several times over by other establishments, but there’s only one place to get the real deal, and it’s right here, friends.
Nobu Next Door
105 Hudson Street
Think of this is Nobu’s casual, more chill little sister. They take no reservations, you can get it to go, it’s open late, and it’s first come first serve for a table. Get there early to avoid a wait and you’ll be rewarded with food that is just as accomplished as Nobu’s, including those famous signature dishes (black miso cod, anyone?) and a laundry list of fantastic, fresh fish.
145 Duane Street
This is one of our most favorite spots for great sushi at way more relaxed prices than some of its more self-serious sushi neighbors. The atmosphere is laid-back, you don’t need a reservation, the service is prompt and polite, and almost everything on the menu is delicious. Also, rumor has it they get their fish from the same supplier as Nobu. Done deal.
62 Thomas Street
Housed in a huge, dramatically designed space on Thomas Street, the menu is just as ambitious as the gorgeous interior. Here you can choose from a sheer abundance of sushi and sashimi options, but dont worry: the food comes sweeping in on the arms of uber-knowledgeable servers, making it pretty hard to think about anything else except the beautifully composed dishes in front of you.
141 Duane Street
This tiny establishment (only nine tables large) is one of the most special places we’ve had the pleasure of frequenting. Devoted to the cuisine of the Kyoto emperors–called kaiseki–a meal here is a mannered, traditional event comprised of several elegant, perfectly constructed courses. The $150 set price may seem steep, but word has it that similar restaurants in Japan can (and do) charge up to $500 per person. Sounds like a relative bargain to us.