No one could have ever predicted that an ancient method of preserving fish would have changed the way the world eats. What was once street food in Japan grew to be something of an art form. Fast forward a few centuries, head a bit west, and you have a city full of sushi enthusiasts: New York.
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From take-out shops in the East Village to top-rated restaurants in Midtown, there’s a sushi spot for every kind of palate (and spender) in the five boroughs—and New Yorkers are a tough crowd to please. The following 11 spots provide a guide to the city’s best omakase (chef’s choice) menus, inventive rolls, and perfectly sliced sashimi.