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Tanoshi Sushi is the Holy Grail of New York Sushi Restaurants

I've never been to Sukiyabashi Jiro, the restaurant featured in Jiro Dreams of Sushi so I can't attest to its quality, but the concepts of simplicity, a strive towards perfection, and the humility of a chef who is in service to his ingredients and not the other way around that the movie represents so effectively is the hallmark of all of great sushiya in Japan.

Likewise, having no basis of comparison, I can't really say that Chef Toshio Oguma at Tanoshi Sushi is doing Jiro-level sh*t, but conceptually, he hits every mark, so I'm going to say it anyway: The sushi at Tanoshi sushi is some serious Jiro-level sh*t, the likes of which I haven't seen anywhere outside of Japan. It's a hole-in-the-wall, run-down-before-it-even-opened sushi bar in the public transportation limbo just below Yorkville on the Upper East Side, and it serves one of the best omakase meals I've had anywhere.

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Miyake: World-Class Sushi in Portland, Maine

The original location that Miyake opened in Portland's west end in 2007 might have been considered a hole in the wall: It was small, kinda cramped, and (at the time) a ways off the beaten path of most of the city's gourmet eateries. Since then he's moved across town to a bigger, much swankier space, but the restaurant's main draw, the omakase deals, are as impressive—and as reasonably priced—as ever. More

Poll: Do You Order Sushi 'Omakase'?

Omakase in Japanese translates to "it's up to you." In sushi joints, it's one way to order your evening's fare. Rather than ordering à la carte, you entrust your meal to the chef, who typically starts with lighter dishes and works up to heavier, richer selections. As Wikipedia notes, "the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef." So how 'bout you? Do you prefer omakase or à la carte when ordering sushi? » More

Zenkichi in Williamsburg: The Best $55 Omakase We Know

While in many parts of America, "Japanese food" essentially translates to sushi, teriyaki, and not much more, New York is lucky to experience a wider variety of Japanese offerings. Within Manhattan alone, we've got izakayas and robatayaki, ramen joints and even fast-food Japanese curry. But it's hard to think of anywhere quite like Zenkichi in Williamsburg—a labyrinthine Brooklyn restaurant where $55 will get you an eight-course omakase meal that's worth a trip from anywhere in the boroughs. More

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