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Best Sushi in Northern NJ

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Hello to all,

Looking for everyones input on their favorite sushi restaurants in North NJ and why. So far my favorites are (and I have been to many):

- Sake Sushi in Nutley - all around BEST quality and turned me on to white tuna
- Gen in Montvale - great sushi, great menu and they have brown rice rolls

Let me know your thoughts


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  1. There's this place on Route 10 in East Hanover that I really like. It's called Nikko.

    1. Zen on Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston is excellent! Also Tsuru in Basking Ridge is amazing. A friend of mine who has eaten at places like Nobu etc has said that their sushi is the best hes ever had!

      1. Nouveau Sushi in Montclair-- It's run by an ex-nobu sushi chef who moved to the burbs, and is as good as, if not better than Nobu (at half the price). Montclair is BYO, so if you want some great sake (or wine), bring it with. You MUST order the spicy tuna handroll and the yellowtail carpaccio with hearts of palm.

        1. I live close to Morristown and love to go to Sushi Lounge, it's very modern, always buzzing so plenty of people watching and the sushi is really very good. I believe there is one in Hoboken too.

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          1. re: Louise W

            Yep, there is one in Hoboken, never been but my friend loves it. I am a big fan of the Morristown location. There is also a place in summit called Taka that is really good.

            1. re: Louise W

              I really like Sushi Lounge. I have dined at all 3 and the one on Route 46 in Totowa is my new favorite since they opened the outside patio. It is a great place to enjoy some drinks after our meal.

              1. re: NJfoodLover

                It has been a while since I wrote this. I know I updated some place on this board that I went back a few times and it has gotten worse and worse each time. I am not sure what happened.

            2. Let me add my vote for Masa Sushi in Allendale, NJ. I wrote a fairly detailed blog entry about it:


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              1. re: dossy

                Went to Masa Sushi and Grill on Saturday night. Place was crowed but we got a table right away. The place has a nice simple relaxing decor. Very nice.
                After reading your blog I decided to take my wife there as our early valentines day dinner. The items on the special menu interested me a great deal. It's very difficult to find Japanese Mountain Potatoe anywhere. This is my wife's favorite and know one we have asked in the last couple of years has any idea what this is. After seeing it online, I didn't see this on the menu that was handed to us but I asked and sure enough they had it, so... One Mountain Potato, Nato, Tuna hand roll coming up! Overall this is the best place I have eaten in since my days at Kotobuki on long island. We had fried oysters - great but I prefer a non-sweet dipping sauce, Monk Fish Liver pate - excellent, Seafood Sonomomo was great, Red Miso Soup was excellent as well. We decided to get the OMAKASE (chef's choice) focusing on Sashimi and I must say that this platter was supurb! The food here is top quality and I will be returning to sit at the sushi bar for our next trip there. Best sushi place I've been to in years! Thanks for the blog review. We have to go back and order some rolls next time as well.

                1. re: mojotele

                  Masa is amazing!! Our favorite sushi restaurant. Love how the fish is always fresh and delicate, never like the giant, icky, and seemingly ancient pieces that so many restaurants serve. More does NOT mean better. Service is great, and their appetizers are amazing! We've had the omakase as well and it's so good!!

              2. hiura sushi on main st at anderson ave in fort lee. i haven't been there in some time but when it's on, it's quite good. owned and operated by japanese, too, which is a must if you want the real deal.

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                1. I am a New Jersey foodie. I LOVE Sushi! Here are my picks

                  Best Overall Sushi/Sashimi - Kyoto Rt 9 Engishtown NJ
                  Best Creative Menu - Flirt Sushi - Allendale NJ
                  Best Places For Sushi Central NJ
                  (In no particular order for creative rolls and yummy sushi always)
                  Kyoto Rt 36 - Atlantic Highlands
                  Fuji - Dayton NJ
                  Midori Sushi - Highland Park NJ
                  Shogun Legends - Wall NJ (Salmon Edamame Dumpling - Great)
                  Aki Sushi - Port Monmouth NJ
                  Mitsuba - Chatham NJ
                  Mr Pi - Edison NJ
                  Akira - Mt Laurel NJ
                  Konbu - Manalapan NJ
                  Monster Sushi - Summit NJ
                  Nagasaki - Lakewood NJ
                  Naka Sushi - Manalapan NJ
                  Oyako Tso - Freehold NJ
                  Samuri Sushi - Maplewood NJ (The Most Beautiful Sushi Roll - Snowflower)
                  Wasabi House - East Brunswick NJ
                  Ajihei - Princeton NJ

                  1. Have not had great experiences at Gen. Our favorite is just over the border into Rockland--Sakana Restaurant. Really fresh, creative rolls, great menu. The owner is always there and takes great pride in making sure everyone enjoys their meal. Also like Akai Lounge in Englewood.

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                    1. re: mom22tots

                      My local place, Raku Sushi, in Ringwood is always tasty. The fish and rice are always fresh tasting and the service is friendly. Prices are good too. Has anyone else been to Raku? Opinions?

                      1. re: mom22tots

                        my dude and I also really love Sakana...(their amuse bouches before eating had me at go) and their rolls are truly original...my only issues with the place (aside from its over-abundance of menus which I find both confusing and redundant) is the non-sushi service...when sitting at the sushi bars, I can see the waitron gals are mostly in the back area texting and completely absent in the dining room. the sushi makes up for both however, as the fish is as fresh as it gets, the chefs are incredibly skilled.

                        1. re: sixelagogo

                          I'm surprised about your issues with the service. We've never had a problem--in fact, we sometimes find them a little overly attentive--ie, 3 different people try to take our drink order. Nonetheless, I agree--the food makes up for it!

                      2. I'm a fan of Miyoshi in Hackensack. I've been going there since I was a kid (and it's the first place I ventured out of shumai territory and into the actual sushi offerings... awww...). It's always fresh and delicious!

                        You also can never go wrong by hitting the eateries within Mitsuwa, the Japanese market on River Road in Edgewater...

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                        1. re: CubanBee

                          CB, do you know Jay manager.....tell him you hear he has a nice golf swing.

                        2. I used to go to Sakura in Ridgewood but realized there was a place closer to me that was just as good but a little cheaper. I go to Sapporo in North Haledon and I ask that every else go there too. It's a little mom and pop place that is never busy and I'm terrified they will go out of business. I can't keep them open alone, I need everyone's help!

                          1. Love Yuki Sushi in Montvale, NJ. I've been to Gen before and I think their sushi/sashimi is subpar compared to Yuki. Love their Yuki Roll, and their portions of sashimi/sushi are bigger then other places that I've been to, and fish is always fresh.

                            1. Minado on 10 by pelican ski shop morris plains 30 bucks all you can eat

                              1. Akai Lounge- Englewood NJ. Very innovative rolls and cozy atomsphere.

                                1. I think that Nouveau Sushi is closed.

                                  I like Nori in Caldwell and Aikou in Morristown. I find Sushi Lounge overpriced and it seems to value atmosphere over the food (the atmosphere is great, the sushi, not so much).

                                  Sushi Lounge
                                  200 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

                                  63 Reaville Ave, Flemington, NJ 08822

                                  1. Five Spice Asian Bistro 1224 St. Georges Ave, Avenel NJ 732-636-2688

                                    This restaurant is excellent! The food, specifically the Sushi is superb. The location is quiet and VERY clean. The service is quick and they have EXCELLENT PRICING. I had a Spider Roll which is usually approx. $10 rounded up. Five Spice gives you 50% off which was great for me and my tight budget! This place is less than 5 minutes from Woodbridge Town Hall on Rt. 35. They also serve Thai food which is great as well!

                                    1. Mei Sushi in Fair Lawn (Radburn) always does a good job.