Personally recommended Japanese restaurants in New York

The world’s travelling elite on where to eat sushi and sesame ice cream in the Big Apple

Americanised cuisine at Chef Masa
Americanised cuisine at Chef Masa

Larry Gagosian, gallerist “Masa is one of the best restaurants in the world. The setting and the food are fantastic, and the sushi is beyond spectacular, as is Chef Masa’s varied Americanised cuisine – he’ll have a little langoustine, a mushroom risotto, or maybe some delicious Wagyu with truffles. It is this unexpected mix that makes the restaurant so exciting.” 10 Columbus Circle (+1212-823 9800; masanyc.com).

Sushi Nakazawa has a 20-course tasting menu
Sushi Nakazawa has a 20-course tasting menu

Victoria Grant, hat designerThe last meal that truly impressed me was the 20-course tasting menu at Sushi Nakazawa. Each course was like a work of art and the sushi was the most melting I’ve ever eaten.” 23 Commerce Street (+1212-924 2212; sushinakazawa.com).

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Annabelle Selldorf, architect “Everything about Neta in the West Village is out of this world – the chef’s omakase menu, the spectacular service, the intimate space. I especially liked the sleek, elevated bench-table that is central to the restaurant, as well as the fact that the place isn’t trying too hard.” 61 West 8th Street (+1212-505 2610; netanyc.com).

Sleek dining at Neta, in the West Village
Sleek dining at Neta, in the West Village

Peter Copping, fashion designer “EN Japanese Brasserie has a huge central counter and there is always an amazing floral installation with stacks of beautiful bowls that you only ever seem to find in Japan. I start with edamame and then perhaps a steak, because I love the way the Japanese cook meat. They have very good ice cream too – sesame, green tea, ginger.” 435 Hudson Street (+1212-647 9196; enjb.com). 

Awe-inspiring cuisine at Sushi of Gari
Awe-inspiring cuisine at Sushi of Gari

Frédéric Malle, perfumer “Sushi of Gari in Manhattan is very unusual and terribly creative; when I went there, there were moments that honoured the omakase tradition, and ones that broke with it completely. At one point I couldn’t stop myself saying ‘Wow!’” 370 Columbus Avenue (+1212-362 4816; sushiofgari.com).

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