Sig’s Guide To: THE BEST SUSHI + SASHIMI (USA + Vancouver) 2011

PLEASE VISIT THE 2012 EDITION Sig’s Guide To: The Best Sushi + Sashimi

I have a lot of rules about food + dining, such as  “No eating Mexican in NYC, and no eating Italian in LA.” The once exception of course was Spago back in the day, but that is hardly what anyone would call “Italian” fare, more California Cuisine with a Tuscan fusion/flare. Another rule I have is for sushi, “No sushi or sashimi in a landlocked state (I don’t care how often the fish is flown in) it’s just not the same.”

So here’s my definitive list of the very best sushi + sashimi bars/restaurants in the U.S. and Vancouver: Miami isn’t listed because I never seem to eat sushi there; NOLA isn’t listed because there’s a whole separate set of rules for Cajun and Creole cooking (and the Gulf Coast in general.)

BOSTON
FuGaKyu
1280 Beacon Street
Brookline
(617) 734-1268
More of a generalist Japanese cuisine eatery, however the sushi gets solid marks

O-Ya
9 East Street
Boston
(617) 654-9900
The best Boston has to offer

UNI SASHIMI BAR
370A Commonwealth Avenue
Boston
(617) 536-7200
With a gaijin chef named Ken Oringer one would surmise (correctly) that this is not a traditional sushi/sashimi joint—more in the Nobu style, which is yummy time to time

LA
MATSUHISA
129 North La Cienega Boulevard
BH
(310) 659-9639
NOT what it once was, but if you want to see where Nobu Matsuhisa Empire started, then it’s a must.

MORI SUSHI
11500 West Pico Boulevard
LA
(310) 479-3939

SHIBUCHO
3114 W Beverly Blvd
LA
(213) 387-8498

SUSHI NOZAWA
11288 Ventura Blvd Ste C
Studio City
Phone: (818) 508-7017
Omakase Style—it’s all up to the alleged mercurial chef (he has never been anything but hospitable to me, but there are stories to the contrary.)

NYC
BLUE RIBBON SUSHI
119 Sullivan St.
SoHo NYC
(212) 343-0404
A personal standby and favourite.

MASA + BAR MASA
10 Columbus Circle
@ The Time Warner Center
Columbus Circle NYC
(212) 823-9800
Masa is Omakase Style; Bar Masa (which I prefer) is not. Hit the Bar—chill, stunning, same food, less tude.

OMEN
113 Thompson Street
SoHo NYC
(212) 925-8923
Exceptional

SASABUNE NYC
401 E 73rd St
UES NYC
(212) 249-8583
Omakase Style. Location in LA + Honolulu too!

SUSHI OF GARI
347 West 46th Street
Midtown NYC
(212) 957-0046

NOTABLE NYC OMISSIONS:
JEWEL BAKO: Over rated to say the least + the tuna tartar looks and tastes like what I would presume two-day old cat food does.

NOBU: I think the world of Nobu, Drew, Meir, Richie and Bob—certainly what they have achieved is nothing shy of mind boggling—however 24 locations (and counting) diminishes what Nobu once was. Still fun and reliable, and Fifty-Seven is a great business lunch spot, nonetheless it is still a chain restaurant.

PORTLAND
RESTAURANT MURATA
200 Southwest Market St # P105
Portland
(503) 227-0080

BAMBOO SUSHI
310 Southeast 28th Avenue
Portland
(503) 232-5255

SABURU
1667 Southeast Bybee Boulevard
Portland
(503) 236-4237
A locals favourite, always a long line, more American style sushi rolls (e.g. BIG)

SF
INO
22 Peace Plaza # 510
SF
(415) 922-3121

KISS SEAFOOD
700 Laguna St
SF
(415) 474-2866
People rave, you will too.

MURASAKI
211 Clement St
SF
(415) 668-7317
Exceptional fish, great chef, not fancy.

OKINA
776 Arguello Boulevard
SF
(415) 387-8882
Wonderful fish, odd hours, very small place, really not fancy.

SEATTLE
KISAKU
2101 North 55th
Seattle (Wallingford)
(206) 545-9050
Tops everyone’s Seattle list

NISHINO
3130 East Madison St
Seattle (Madison Park)
(206) 322-5800

OTOTO SUSHI
7 Boston Street
Seattle (Queen Anne)
(206) 691-3833

VANCOUVER
AJISAI SUSHI BAR
2081 West 42nd Ave.
Vancouver
(604) 266-1428
Intimate and not exurbanite.

TOJO’S SUSHI RESTAURANT
1133 West Broadway
Vancouver
(604) 872-8050
Hands down the best Vancouver has to offer.

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