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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, 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»

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»

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, Berkshires
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Bizen

Great Barrington

Spending his spare time leading sushi-making seminars and crafting his restaurant’s ceramic dinnerware in an on-site kiln, Bizen’s Michael Marcus may come off a touch fanatical. That’s all right by us, considering that this master sushi chef’s obsessiveness also translates… 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»