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Jan 29, 2007 10:59 AM

Which city in North America has the best overall sushi?

In terms of both quality, cutting-edge selection and number of restaurants.

Is it Los Angeles?




San Francisco?


Being from Los Angeles, I'm partial to the LA sushi scene. But I'm curious as to your thoughts ....

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    1. This is an inflammatory topic and will lead to much debate and many deleted responses but here goes my opinion. I've had sushi in NYC (Yasuda, Kuruma Zushi, Jewel Bako, Sushi of Gari, Nobu, Bond St, Tomoe, Yama), LA (Mori, Kiriko, Nishimura, R23, Sasabune, 2 places in J-town), and SF (Anzu, Kaygetsu, Kitsho, Sushi Tomi, Zushi Puzzle, Ozumo) so I can only attest to those 3 cities.

      For high end sushi ($100+ pp and up), NYC easily takes it. There's Urasawa in LA but there's Masa's in NYC. Plus, both Urasawa and Masa aren't "*just* about nigiri. The variety (30-40 types of fish per day) at Yasuda is unmatched by anyone else. Not even Urasawa or Masa.

      For the moderate range (<$100 pp) I would tend to agree with you that LA has a great selection. I like Kiriko in that range personally.

      1. I can tell you it's NOT Chicago.

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        1. re: kep

          Try Mirai in Wicker Park! I agree with you that Chicago's not the best place for sushi, but that place is pretty darn good, if you can stomach the hipster atmosphere and kinda high prices. I had the best eel nigiri of my life there.

          1. re: operagirl

            I'm willing to give it a try. Eel is cooked, so I'm more willing to believe that it's good! I've had some pretty repulsive, and yet still outrageously expensive, sushi in Chicago.

            1. re: kep

              Their raw fish is good too. I remember especially enjoying the fatty tuna (otoro? or chiutoro? something along those lines.). And there was a close relative of hamachi they had that was also delicious.

          1. re: John Manzo

            I haven't even been to Vancouver but I'd bet this was true.

            1. re: NovoCuisine

              I have been to Vancouver and unless there is some hidden gem that everyone is keeping quiet, this is not a sushi mecca. I have to agree with Porthos, and so do all my friends who regularly travel between LA and NY.

          2. Bemidji.

            Honestly, why ask this question? It's not ever going to have even close to a consensus; nobody, not the most ardent chowhound, is going to choose where to make a life based on where other people think the best sushi is; there are too many styles and classes of sushi to make this worth answering.

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Because it's a fun question. Let's ask my limited experience, I thought NYC was the best. Never been to LA or SF (going to SF this summer - can't wait!). However, I am from the S Florida area. While we have some great food without question, I cannot say I have ever had better sushi than at Nobu in NY.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Well internationally I'd say Ulan Bator but limiting myself to the North American continent, I'd have to concur as to Bemidji's status as a sushi capitol. After all, Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes so it would definitely stand to reason. I guess I would have to put LA at second though.