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BEST Sushi

2013 BEST Sushi, High-Brow
Photo by Jesse Burke

Cafe Sushi

Cambridge

This haven for transcendent sushi is nestled in a strip-mall-style building on Mass. Ave. We’re most fond of the creatively dressed, impeccably fresh nigiri, ordered á la carte. read more»

2013 BEST Sushi, Low-Brow
Photo by Jesse Burke

Avana Sushi

Boston

It was while dining at a rickety card table at this tiny Chinatown spot that we learned to cast aside our fear of cheap sushi. Pro tip: Ask the chef what’s freshest, and he’ll guide you through the menu. read more»

2012 BEST Sushi
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Oishii

Boston

With a sultry, gilded interior and a menu filled with lavish ingredients—shaved truffle, caviar, foie gras—Oishii is certainly VIP-worthy. But oddly enough, it’s the simplest dishes we return again and again for: slices of fresh hamachi that arrive to the… read more»

2011 BEST Sushi
Photograph by Anthony Tieuli

Oishii

Boston

After a few years of flirtation with more-is-more sashimi decadence, we’ve come back around to sushi that’s simple, delicate, and pure. No gold-flaked lacquer, please. And hold the foie gras sauce, while you’re at it. We prefer to actually taste… read more»

2010 BEST Sushi, Upscale

O Ya

Boston

Yes, $21 for two or three pieces of sashimi is pricey. But less is far more at O Ya, where chef Tim Cushman’s top-tier ingredients and meticulous layering of flavors add up to the best mouthfuls in New England. Perfect… read more»

2010 BEST Sushi, Affordable
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Douzo

Boston

Surveying the city’s sushi bars, there’s a big distinction between ‘not expensive’ and ‘cheap.’ Douzo is a delight, with ultra-fresh fish and prices that stay weeknight low. The daily catch is rolled up in everything from spicy tuna maki for… read more»

2009 BEST Sushi, Affordable
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Douzo

Boston

Like laser eye surgery and brake repairs, raw fish is something we’re loath to cheap out on. Rather than risk gastric distress—or merely off-tasting nigiri—we get our budget-sushi fix at the Back Bay’s Douzo, where the ambiance is polished and… read more»

2009 BEST Sushi
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Uni

Boston

O Ya may have the most incomparable raw-fish dinner in town, but the reality of its special-occasion status is that we tend to reserve it for exactly that: a special occasion. Chef Ken Oringer’s sashimi bar, Uni, on the other… read more»

2007 BEST Sushi, West

Oga’s

Natick

Oga’s is the kind of place that breeds fanatics: Die-hards go once a week, sometimes more. If the joint doesn’t look like much at first, one bite of the spicy scallop with flying-fish roe, the Japanese red snapper sashimi, or… read more»

2007 BEST Sushi

O Ya

Boston

As sushi has gone mainstream, it’s become increasingly run-of-the-mill: rolls, rolls, and more rolls, with too much rice and tasteless (and, frequently, cooked) fish. O Ya doesn’t even offer rolls, just sparklingly fresh sashimi and nigiri—including heretofore unseen specialties like… read more»