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Sushi @ Tsukiji Market, Tokyo

Sushi @ Tsukiji Market, Tokyo

I didn’t appreciate Japanese food until college. My roommate, a Japanese-American guy from Los Angeles who arrived with his own rice cooker, introduced me to Sushi, and to the classic food movie, Tampopo. If I’m remembering college correctly, I think he also perfected my chopsticks technique. Since then, I’ve eaten my fair share of spicy tuna rolls, Udon, and Gyoza. When I first visited Japan a few years ago, I glimpsed the incredible variety and complexity of Japanese cuisine, and enjoyed one of the best meals I’ve had anywhere – Omakase at a sushi stall in the Tokyo fish market (Tsukiji).

Here at home, there are plenty of sushi spots in the Garden State. The challenge is finding those that rise above the rest. So far, my favorite is Daimatsu in Mountainside.

Nizi Sushi - Newark, NJThe next wave of Japanese food in New Jersey are ramen stands, katsu shops and izakaya pubs. Bergen County, home to the largest Japanese-American population in the state, is the place to look for them. Fort Lee, with some 17,000 residents born in Japan, is a good place to start. Mitsuwa Marketplace and its food court in Edgewater is a Japanese food and grocery mecca worth the trip.

Did I miss your favorite Japanese? Share yours. I’ll add the most popular to the list, and to the map.


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8 Responses to “Japanese”

  1. Angel says:

    Sakura Japenese Steak House in Mays Landing, NJ. Each chef puts on a show. It’s family oriented, and the food is to die for. It’s a wonderful dining experience. The sushi is great too.

  2. Michelle says:

    Mizu Sushi just opened in Cranford a few months ago and it’s the best I’ve had in NJ. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area.

  3. gina says:

    Mr. Pi’s is good but try Sushi-O on route 1 across from skylark diner…yummy.

  4. EatsandSeats says:

    Check out Fuji in Haddonfield, NJ you wont be sorry!

  5. meade says:

    Ikko in Brick has the best sushi I have ever eaten. They are constantly updating the menu and many of the chefs take continuing education courses at New York’s finest schools. They’re is hardly a wait and the service is always pleasant. New Jersey Monthly Magazine rated them best sushi. Many of the sushi chefs throw private parties for celebrities. Highly recommended. I have eaten at Taka Sushi in Summit and it is not even close. Ikko is way better. Highly recommednded