88 West 3rd Street | West Village | New York City
Sushi Zo opened in New York City in late 2015, expanding upon its two locations in Los Angeles. I initially didn’t have this place high on my list as a chain restaurant skeptic, but the reviews looked very good and I decided to give it a try. The verdict: Sushi Zo is one of the best, if not the best, omakase restaurants in New York City.
While the cost is hefty at $200 per person, you get what you pay for with this experience. Chef Masashi Ito brings sushi to a whole new level, with unique fish and topping pairings as well as a fantastic sushi bar atmosphere. Make sure to book a reservation in advance, and we highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar (in front of Masa-san if you can). You will leave this restaurant more than satisfied.
Sushi Zo’s head chef Masa-san preparing fish for the evening
The meal begins with a Kumamoto oyster from Washington State, live octopus from Hokkaido, Japan and yellowtail and tuna sashimi
Iced Green Tea
Homemade Nikiri (煮きり) Soy Sauce, which was commonly used during the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan
Halibut with Yuzu (Hirame)
Albacore Tuna from Washington State
Chutoro – Medium fatty tuna
Amberjack with Shishito pepper
Ocean Trout with truffle salt (looks like salmon but it’s trout)
Blowtorched Otoro – Fatty tuna
Ebi – Shrimp
Alaskan Salmon Roe
Chawanmushi with Scallop and Snow crab
Uni (Sea Urchin)
Wagyu Beef Cooked with Blowtorch (this and the crab handroll below were my favorite pieces)
Anago (Saltwater Eel)
Crab Handroll, one of my favorites from the meal. Sushi Zo is truly among the best sushi in NYC
Yuzu sorbet to finish off for dessert, capping the meal
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