Some things are harder to make at home. Sushi, for example, poses a few challenges, especially if the bodega below your apartment doesn’t happen to sell sushi-grade tuna. Fortunately, there are still a bunch of great takeout and delivery options all around the city. Order from one of the places on this guide, and you can show your support while also gracefully admitting that you aren’t up to the task of making your own 10-course omakase.
If you’re currently trying to figure out how to source a 13-piece omakase along with a bottle of white Burgundy or snow-aged sake so that your quarantine will feel as luxurious as an episode of Dallas, order pickup or delivery from Nakaji in Chinatown. They have a few chirashi and omakase options as well as a wine and sake list that will help remind you what super nice things taste like.
Sushi Lab in Midtown has a few omakase options starting at $28, as well as some rolls, a la carte options, and a few other dishes like rice bowls and karaage. So go ahead and get yourself some Japanese fried chicken and several orders of toro sashimi to layer on top while you hum a song about the food that you just made up. They’re open Monday through Friday for pickup and delivery.
Both the Jersey City and Greenwich Village locations of Domdomo are open for takeout and delivery, and they have a bunch of different sets that range from a $23 meal that includes four handrolls to a $65 “Sushi Domokase” that comes with 12 pieces of nigiri, two handrolls, sashimi, and miso soup. And if your significant other or roommate doesn’t feel like they deserve sushi, there’s also miso black cod, uni pasta, and a few other entrees to choose from.
Perhaps you’ve been sitting around your apartment the past few months thinking about Momo Sushi Shack while also trying to give yourself a perm. That’s a very reasonable thing to do, but you should know that Momo Sushi Shack is still open for takeout and delivery. Get a whole spread of this Bushwick spot’s signature round sushi pieces (called “bombs,”) and throw in some gyoza and a spicy scallop roll.
Tanoshi Sushi on the Upper East Side typically only serves an omakase - and it’s one of the best in the city. But right now, they have a whole new menu for pickup including a few rolls, rice bowls, bento boxes, and curries. For context, this is sort of like if your favorite dry cleaner also started offering haircuts and tax advice, and we suggest you take advantage. Check out the new takeout menu here, and call to place your order.
Would the East Village be the East Village without Kanoyama? Yes, but it would be a worse East Village. This classic neighborhood sushi spot was closed for a bit, but it’s currently back open for delivery and takeout, and you can take this opportunity to remind yourself how much you like it. Get a $27 sushi set, and consider adding some beer or sake to your order.
When you want to remind yourself why you choose to live in a city where the median rent grows faster than a sponge in a bowl of water, going to Blue Ribbon Sushi in Soho is always a good idea. Unfortunately, you can’t do that at present, but there’s still takeout and delivery. You can order a plate of kanpachi sashimi with yuzu, for example, or a 10-piece sushi deluxe that will bring you comfort as you come to terms with the fact that all your friends are far too obsessed with bread now.
You may remember Lure Fishbar as that one place where you once had a lunch meeting that made you feel like you were in an episode of Billions. Well, maybe not Billions - but Millions, at the very least, if such a show exists. It’s Soho institution that’s somehow a great place for both sushi and burgers - and you can order both right now for pickup or delivery. And if you need some shrimp cocktail, a 40-ounce ribeye, or some chicken fingers off a kids menu, they have those things as well.
Normally, Sushi By Bou is a great place to get a quality omakase that won’t cost more than, say, whatever shoes you exercise in. And, now that we’re all in quarantine, that’s still the case. They have a few different omakases available for pickup and delivery ranging from around $30 to $50, and you can also order some rolls and nigiri a la carte. Their Union Square location is open daily, and you can check out their website for more information.
Sugarfish typically has a wait of several hours, which we’d be inclined to call ridiculous, if we personally had not waited several hours for Sugarfish. And now, for some reason, we’re getting nostalgic about wait times. If you feel similar, order a set meal from Sugarfish and pretend you had to wait three hours in order to eat it. Or just enjoy your delicious sushi. Both the Flatiron and Soho locations are open for pickup and delivery.
Nami Nori is a spot in the West Village that specializes in taco-shaped handrolls stuffed with things like tuna poke and spicy sea bass. And they sell them in sets for around $30, so you can collect a bunch of them and think about how nice they look before consuming them. We especially like the xo scallop version, and we suggest you get a bowl of clam miso soup or cottage fries sprinkled with furikake in order to extend your eating time, because there’s very little else to do.
A neighborhood spot in Park Slope, Wasan is the kind of place that you might have a very strong attachment to if you live within a 10-block radius. And the good news is, it’s currently open for both pick-up and delivery for lunch and dinner, with beer and sake options. You can grab a sushi set for $23 and also get a salad if you forget what that tastes like.
It’s only open for takeout at the moment, but if you live in or around Long Island City, you should walk over to Hibino and pick up some raw fish. The sushi here is reliably excellent, especially considering the most expensive thing on the menu is a $32 15-piece sashimi combo that we’d like you to order for us right now. Just give them a call at 718-260-8052.
TJ Asian Bistro
Please, do not be fooled by the somewhat generic name of TJ Asian Bistro. This place makes some of the best sushi in Sunnyside, and they have a massive menu with sushi sets starting at $17. And if you’re currently quarantined in your home with a fellow sushi lover, and you’re both wondering why people don’t make more meals specifically for you, you’ll be happy to know that TJ Asian Bistro has something called a Sushi Lover that feeds two and costs $42. Give them a call at 718-205-2033 or order directly from their site.
If you live near the East Village, you can now text 1-347-688-8101 to place your Sushi By M pick-up order. They’re offering a few different to-go omakase options as well as donburi and maki roll combos. Check out their Instagram page here for more information about their menu and pricing.
Roy’s Fish Market is, indeed, a tiny fish market on the Upper East Side. But it also has a sushi counter, and they make a bunch of different sushi and sashimi combos (most of which are less than $25). It’s ideal for a Wednesday night when you need a piece of yellowtail to sit by your side and ask you how your day was, and you can order directly by calling 212-838-3587.
Sushi Dojo is a little pricier than your average neighborhood sushi spot - but the sushi here is also good enough to make you consider spending the majority of your money on raw fish. And if you need more of an incentive to order some relatively deluxe sushi from this East Village place, their omakase options are all $20 off on your usual online delivery platforms (plus you can order a la carte).
Price-wise, Sushi Katsuei is on the low end of the higher-end sushi spots. What that means is that you can get an excellent omakase for $65. It comes with nine pieces and a hand roll - and there are a bunch of a la carte options as well. If you’re sitting around on a Friday night and would like to considerably upgrade your experience, order from the West Village location or the Park Slope original.
If you’re looking for delivery sushi on the Upper West Side, go for Momoya. They offer a huge variety of rolls and a la carte pieces like Japanese mackerel and octopus, and their sushi and sashimi sets are all less than $35 - unless you get a $150 party platter, which is a very much option. Call 212-580-0007 for pickup or delivery.
Pado makes delicious, relatively affordable sushi in the East Village, and they’re also currently selling beer, wine, and sake. So get yourself a three-roll set for $18, and add an $18 bottle of wine to accompany it.
If you did a side-by-side taste test between U-Gu in Clinton Hill and a place that charges $100 for an omakase menu, you’d have a hard time telling the difference. Which is remarkable, because they serve great sushi sets here for $30 and $42 (and there are a la carte options as well). Call 718-857-0222 for pickup orders or order online.
Consider moving to Crown Heights. Or, if you already live in Crown Heights, consider remaining there. Because you have an excellent neighborhood sushi spot in Uotora. This place is currently only doing pickup, but if you call 718-513-0724, you can walk over and get yourself some fatty tuna rolls or a sushi set for $28.
Sushi Yu is a very solid sushi spot in Washington Heights, and it’s exactly the kind of place where you might eat a salmon avocado roll in your pajamas. So if you’re feeling nostalgic for times when you could shake hands and play touch football, order a sushi deluxe for around $30 and eat it on your couch in your pajamas. You can order directly from their site.
When restaurants were open for dine-in service, you used to see lines outside Tomoe in Greenwich Village. And that’s because the portions here tend to be large, the fish is always good enough to write several ballads about, and everything is reasonably priced. Call 212-777-9346 for delivery, and get the sushi deluxe.
Another useful neighborhood spot one would be fortunate live near, Gen in Prospect Heights is currently offering pickup and delivery directly through their website here. They have a bunch of different rolls with things like broiled eel with shrimp tempura, and you can grab a sushi set for $25.
Typically, Sushi Ishikawa only offers two omakase menus for $125 and $155 - but now they’re offering nine-piece omakase meals for $59 (including soup and salad) and maki sets for $39. And you can trust in the fact that your sushi will be top-tier and possibly even haunting.
You’re looking for high-quality takeout that won’t force you to host a yard sale (which is ill-advised at the moment). Order from Shinsen. You can get a $29 set with eight pieces including tuna, clam, and mackerel, with optional supplements, like wagyu nigiri or a dragon roll.
For a chain, Haru is surprisingly good. It isn’t the cheapest spot in the world (you’ll probably wind up spending around $40 on your sushi), but it’s one of your best takeout options in Midtown, and there are locations in Hell’s Kitchen, FiDi, and the Upper West Side as well. Order delivery or takeout directly from their site here.
If you’re in Harlem, order from Yuzu. It’s an overachieving neighborhood spot where you can either get 12 pieces of chutoro, a bowl of grilled eel over rice, or a sushi set for around $30. The fish here is very high quality, they serve a huge variety of rolls, and you can place an order through their website here.
Does Beyond Sushi actually serve sushi? Yes. There just isn’t any fish in it. This vegan spot makes dumplings, wraps, and inventive rolls with ingredients like black rice, mango, avocado, and a spicy slaw. That one’s called the Spicy Mang, and you should order it. The Upper East Side location is currently the only one that’s open, but they’re delivering all the way from Houston to 100th Street, and you can place an order right on their website here.