New York City Lunchtime Omakase

2024 NYC Sushi Guide

Lunchtime Omakase Recommendations For New York City for 2024

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For a city with approximately 1,300 Omakase options (full list here),  there are surprisingly few lunch options for Omakase hunters.

While not significant, surely there is some demand, including corporate types looking to splash their expense accounts, tourists in town with dinner plans already locked up and trust fund kids skipping their midday Antiquities class at NYU. 

No surprise then that the few sushiya that do offer a lunchtime omakase are located in the heart of midtown, where the desk jockeys and visitors spend their time.

I’ve collected four I’ve been to below.

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it’s almost impossible to tell the Big Apple Sushi Story (future kid’s book) without mentioning the 45 year old Kurumazushi. 45 years isn’t nothing – for instance, my brother was born in 1977 and he’s old as dirt.

But the most impressive part about Kurumazushi?

Same Itamae since day 1.

Toshihiro Uezo moved to New York City in 1972, and opened Kurumazushi in a different midtown location 5 years later.

Despite two moves and a shift to the second floor of an office building, by all accounts the same hospitality Omotenashi (hospitality) and quality exists today as it did then.

$300 at lunch.

Sushi Ann
Sushi Ann

The Omakase starts at $100, but in a throwback to how things used to be before the set menu took over, it’s very much “choose your own adventure”. Courses keep coming until you tell them to stop.

Our bill ended up at $150 each. Sushi Ann does offer an extensive a la carte menu if that’s more your speed.

Sushi Ann reminded me of the sushiya I visited for lunch in Japan, particularly おけいすし (Okei Sushi) in Shibuya. There is no 5 course preamble, no intervals to check baseball scores on my phone. Just nigiri followed by nigiri and on it goes every minute. If we weren’t chatting about my recent fantasy baseball championship (first time in 20 years, you may have seen it on Sportscenter), our meal may have finished in 30 minutes.

$100+ for lunch.  

Sushi Ikumi
Sushi Ikumi

Sushi Ikumi is the sister restaurant of Hirohisa, a well-known and revered NYC Japanese restaurant down the block. The chef, Jongin Jeong, is ex of Hirohisa, but the meticulousness remains; a staff member laid course 3 down for 5 customers with the daikon radish on the left. Nope. Jeong went to each and flipped it around, then pulled the offending party aside for a brief team talk. It’s the little things after all.

Jeong also approaches each party and explains in detail what they’re eating and where it’s from. If you read the blog, you’ll know that I’m not married to that approach. Sure, chefs should know if asked, but each course doesn’t necessarily require an open mic.

$150 for lunch.