122 East 28th Street
In 2008, O Ya broke into Boston’s sushi scene with a bang, bagging the blessing of New York Times restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni, who lauded the sushi bar as “the best new restaurant in the country.” Seven years later, Tim and Nancy Cushman, the husband and wife duo who brought O Ya into this world, lay their latest bairn in Gramercy’s Park South Hotel. And so we welcome O Ya New York City, where omakase virgins and veterans alike can experience the restaurant’s inventive menu amidst amber lighting, stained wood, and exposed brick. Here, tradition bends to trend, not just in O Ya’s décor but in its two tasting menus. The “Omakase” incorporates 18 contemporary, avant-garde sushi and sashimi bites for $185, while the 24-course “Okii Ringo” (“Big Apple”) focuses on innovative, seasonal ingredients for $245. Grant yourself two to three hours for these tastings. Linger longer if you dare dive into Nancy’s seductive sake menu.