Getting Mercury Poisoning - so you don't have to

*New for 2019

3 Stars

  • Masa- 10 Columbus Circle

2 Stars

  • Ichimura at Uchu* - 217 Eldridge St
  • Sushi Ginza Onodera  - 461 5th Ave
  • Tetsu Basement* - 78 Leonard St (closed)

1 Star

  • Bar Uchu 94th East 7th Street​
  • Hirohisa - 73 Thompson Street
  • Jewel Bako - 239 East Fifth Street
  • Kajitsu - 125 East 39th Street
  • Kanoyama - 175 2nd Ave
  • Kosaka* - 220 West 13th
  • Kyo Ya  - 94th East 7th Street
  • Noda* - 6 W 28th St
  • Okuda* - 458 W 17th 
  • Satsuki - 114 W 47th S
  • Sushi Amane245 E 44th St,
  • Sushi Inoue - 381 Lenox Ave
  • Sushi Nakazawa* - 23 Commerce St
  • Sushi Noz* ​181 E 78th St,
  • Sushi Yasuda - 204 East 43rd St

**some may be kaiseki style


1 Star

  • Ju-Ni - 1335 Fulton Street​
  • ​Keiko a Nob Hill- 1250 Jones St
  • Kenzo
  • ​Kinjo
  • Omakase - 665 Townsend
  • Sushi Hashiri - 4 Mint Plaza
  • ​Sushi Yoshizumi - 325 E 4th Ave
  • ​Wako - 211 Clement Street
  • ​Wakuriya - 115 De Anza Blvd (San Mateo)

2019 Update: Two restaurants lost Michelin stars (all in NYC). Seven restaurants gained Michelin stars (all in NYC)

By the numbers: Chicago (0), New York (14), San Francisco (9), Washington, D.C. ( )

One of the most frequent questions I get is about the Michelin guide, or more clearly, which sushi restaurants appear in the Michelin guide. For those who are unaware, Michelin is the oldest hotel and restaurant guide in Europe. Not only has it recently gained major traction on other continents, even more incredibly, it is the same Michelin that you might know as the tire company. And despite the obvious (read: completely non-existent) synergies, Michelin has an incredible amount of prestige. Its inspectors visit and review many restaurants all over the world, but only the best get awarded a coveted Michelin star. A fewer number still get awarded two stars, and truly transcendent restaurants get three stars.

For a very long time, Michelin turned its nose up at sushi. They won't admit it, but we all can guess why. Sushi is to traditional cooking what greasy, fast food is to... traditional cooking. In recent years though, that has begun to change. As sushi has begun to infiltrate the old guard, I have - in turn - received more requests to identify the sushi restaurants that appear on the Michelin lists all over the world. And while I would rather everyone just trust my judgment for sushi restaurants the truth is that Michelin still carries heavy weight in the food world. So below, you'll see a breakdown of all sushi restaurants that have received the coveted Michelin stars in the most recent guides for the United States. Scroll down below the jump for the list.


1 Star

  • Sushi Taro - 1503 17th St NW