by Keith Wagstaff - 246 Reviews - 104 List
Finding sushi that is both affordable and tasty is a quest that many a frustrated New Yorker has taken on in vain. Well, search no more. As long as you're willing to give up flashy decor and rare fish flown in from Japan, you can find plenty of great tasting sushi in New York City that won't leave you completely broke. Here are five of our favorites from all over New York. (Photo: Nori)
Updated: September 10, 2009
Brooklynites looking to avoid Blue Ribbon Sushi's scene and high prices often migrate down Fifth Avenue to nearby Taro, an unassuming sushi joint with modest decor but an impressive following. What's all the fuss about? That would be a menu that boasts options like plates of fresh sashimi for less than $20 and seasonal rolls, ranging from giant clam to baby squid, for less than $4.
Cheap sushi joints are a dime a dozen in the East Village, but Nori stands out with hard-to-beat deals like a $30 omakase menu and $1 pieces of nigiri sushi. Even if it wasn't cheap, people would still probably pack the tasteful, narrow space for fish that tastes way too fresh for the minuscule price.
The words ?Upper East Side sushi restaurant? don't usually equate to 'serious bargains,? but this small but stylish spot keeps prices down with a menu that's high on substance and low on flash. Trust chef Hiroki Fukushima by ordering his extensive omakase menu for only $35, or opt for the $18 combination featuring your choice of three rolls and miso soup.
This casual sushi joint in Sunnyside, Queens, may not have the most innovative menu (think tempura, teriyaki and tuna rolls). Sometimes, however, it's nice to stick to the basics. Bring a friend and share the Bon Voyage, a classic sushi boat consisting of sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, soup and salad for two to four people (averaging about $20 per person).
A favorite among Murray Hill locals, Umi serves up serviceable sushi with accoutrement that many no-frills sushi joints lack--like fawning service and a back patio. There are plenty of bargains to be had as well: a 20-piece sashimi dinner for $20, cheap roll combos and a whole host of assorted lunch deals.