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Best Sushi Restaurants in the U.S.

Best Sushi Restaurants: O Ya

Jan Mark Holzer

O Ya, Boston

Japanese tradition is a hallmark of top sushi restaurants, but where O Ya differs is in its creativity. The dishes are intricate without being gimmicky. There are no dragon rolls tricked out with a dozen ingredients. Instead, popular choices include a sea bass sashimi topped with spicy cucumber vinaigrette and a fried Kumamoto oyster nigiri with yuzu kosho (a chili paste with peppery and salty flavors) aioli and squid ink bubbles. Even the dining room strays from the clichéd sushi-bar look with dark, warm colors in a former firehouse that welcomes you back each time.

9 East St.; (617) 654-9900; oyarestaurantboston.com

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