It took a while for New York to really come to terms with sushi. After all, isn’t it just cold fish presented in different ways? At face value yes it is, and if you’re determined to see it as nothing more, you won’t. Take a moment to appreciate the artistry and the depth of flavour, though, and it becomes something far more than the sum of its parts. Sushi Ginza Onodera has a strong claim to being the best sushi in New York.
A sushi restaurant is nothing without the best possible ingredients, and this Fifth Avenue delight has that requirement covered. It would only be a small exaggeration to suggest that the ocean still weeps for the loss of the fish that end up on your plate, such is their charm and quality. Great sushi cookery takes the ingredients and ages them to perfection. That means week-aged golden eye snapper and monkfish which has been slow-cooked in wine for two days until it develops a texture almost like foie gras. The fish hasn’t been so much cooked as transformed.
As with any venue boasting two Michelin stars, eating at Sushi Ginza Onodera is as costly as it is delightful, with a dinner service coming to $300 per person. If you’re going to pay $300, though, you may as well consider paying $400 and going for the chef’s special selection. Head chef Akifumi Sakagami will take great delight in preparing the menu for you personally (using a sword!) and walking you through its finer details.
Michelin Stars: 2
Address: 461 Fifth Avenue
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