Though some once dismissed the Upper West Side as a “culinary wasteland,” those who live here know that couldn’t be further from the truth. In recent years, a variety of high-end dining destinations have popped up, including a slew of sushi spots — with Kissaki at the top of the list.
The ultra-modern Japanese restaurant (located at 286 Columbus Avenue, between 73rd and 74th streets) first opened to acclaim in 2020, but after an extensive renovation, it’s officially remaking its grand debut.
The updated space includes a new omakase room and redesigned menu that’s already made quite an impression on social media. Highlights include specialty sushi sets, shareable small plates, donburis and new inventions like the Uni Sundae (a decadent combo of sea urchin, fatty tuna tartare, caviar, chives and toasted sushi rice). Coincidentally, we tried this dish earlier this week — and are still thinking about it.
Guests who wish to dine at the chef’s counter can enjoy an exclusive 15-course omakase for $150 courtesy of Executive Chef Edgar Valerio on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays — but a 12-course option for $120 is available at all dining tables nightly.
Customers regularly praise the Kissaki experience, with Yelp reviewers doling out particularly high points for ambience and fish quality. In a city full of sushi, it takes something truly impressive to stand out — but Kissaki has found its niche. For your next date night or special occasion, look no further, and don’t forget to get your Restaurant Week reservation in before February 28. Kissaki also has a location on Bowery Street and in the Hamptons.
Kissaki is open Sunday – Thursday, 5:30pm to 10pm and Friday – Saturday, 5:30pm to 10:30pm.