Manhattan – Union Square
15 E 15th St between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West
Manhattan, NY 10003
Masato Shimizu (Jewel Bako) came up with the menu at this minimalist sushi joint, where the decor is spare, clean and contemporary. This isn't your average Japanese restaurant: a seven-course tasting menu will run you $120, a tuna flight costs $75 and the prix-fixe lunch, which changes daily, is $29. But the expense is worth it, especially when it comes to unique menu selections such as marbled sole, grunt fish and Japanese shad.