10 Best Japanese Restaurants in New York

Looking for the best Japanese restaurants in New York? Discover the finest Japanese cuisine with our carefully selected list of top 10 places to eat sushi, noodle, and other authentic traditional dishes. Skilfully combining the freshest ingredients of excellent quality, great service and a relaxing and cozy ambience these places will enchant you and make you want to come back again and again.

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#1. Brushstroke
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#2. Takashi
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#3. Kajitsu
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#4. Samurai Mama
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#5. Kyo Ya
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#6. 15 East
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#7. Koi
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#8. Sushi Azabu
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#9. Nobu
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#10. Hakubai
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#1. Brushstroke

#1. Brushstroke

Multi-course Japanese fine-dining in a relaxed setting with an outstanding service and fantastic food where every dish is a masterpiece. Brushstroke offers kaiseki cuisine, an elaborate and intricate multi-course meal that highlights the best of Japanese haute cuisine, in a very serene, yet playful relaxing environment.

 30 Hudson St, Tribeca, New York, NY 10013
#2. Takashi

#2. Takashi

Takashi is a restaurant known for its cuisine that focuses on Korean barbecues and excellent quality beef based dishes. Before you settle down and order your main course, do try their sushis, which are really outstanding. Takashi can be a little expensive with its demure portions but it is still very popular because of its high standards.

 456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
#3.  Kajitsu

#3. Kajitsu

Kajitsu is a vegetarian Japanese restaurant famous for its fermented Tofu and fabulous presentation of food. Kajitsu practices an animal-free Japanese cooking tradition called shojin ryori. A multiple course meal is cooked deliciously with not just plants and mushrooms. The menu is changed on the first day of every month by adding more plants that are at their peak and are on the rise.

 125 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
#4. Samurai Mama

#4. Samurai Mama

Delicious Japanese cuisine with probably the best udon in Brooklyn. If sushi is not your primary objective, then Samurai Mama is definitely a great spot. The restaurant is reasonably priced and has a casual feel to it, the small booths and long wooden table making it a great place to meet with friends for some amazing Japanese dishes.

 205 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
#5. Kyo Ya

#5. Kyo Ya

Kyo Ya is one of New York’s best kept secret: a restaurant that dishes out ephemeral Japanese cuisine that goes into your mouth faster than the amount the waiter can serve. Japanese aesthetics is on full display not only through its gorgeous food but also through its crockery: beautiful hand-made plates.

 94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
#6. 15 East

#6. 15 East

A solemn temple of Japanese cuisine 15 East with high-end yet relaxed service, divine sushi and unforgettable ambience. Having sushi here is an expensive affair: 10 nigiris cost a whopping $65. Though the place is a bit pricey, it is totally worth every penny. A perfect spot for a special occasion it promises you an incomparable experience.

 15 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003
#7. Koi

#7. Koi

The menu at Koi New York is inspired by traditional Japanese dishes and is enhanced with modern California accents. The sushi chefs present some of the freshest fish in town including yellowtail, toro, octopus, snow crab and uni, in addition to signature rolls. Koi boasts a sophisticated interior showcasing minimalist dark wood furniture and tan leather banquettes set against a lush, indoor garden landscape.

 40 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
#8. Sushi Azabu

#8. Sushi Azabu

Small authentic Japanese restaurant serving traditional Edo-mae sushi, high on standards and delicious to eat. With best Japanese chefs, 80% of fish delivered directly from Japan and smooth bamboo, paper and wood-lined interior this place offers a truly authentic experience.

 428 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
#9. Nobu

#9. Nobu

Nobu is a famous global chain that serves pricey but incredibly tasty sushi that melt in your mouth as well as other Asian fusion dishes. A collaboration of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro resulted in a gorgeous mix of finest Japanese cuisine and great ambience.

 105 Hudson St, New York, NY
#10. Hakubai

#10. Hakubai

An authentic and distinctive restaurant with roots in Zen Buddhism and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Hakubai serves up a variety of Japanese cuisine, but the main draw is on Kaiseki course with an accent on ancient traditions. Chef Sato uses only the best seasonal ingredients to create a unique food masterpieces served on exquisite porcelain, pottery and lacquer dishware.

 66 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
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