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2014 BEST Sushi

Café Sushi

Cambridge

Time was, getting sushi in Boston was a black-and-white proposition: You either went for the simple and efficient or the luxurious and, ahem, pricey. Chef Seizi Imura’s unassuming Cambridge spot, however, threads the needle with both respectable rolls—such as the… read more »

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 »