O Ya

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Details
9 East St (at East Pl)
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-9900
Sushi, Sake Bar, Japanese
$ $ $ $
Hours
Tue–Thu: 5:00 PM–9:30 PM Fri: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM

Chef Tim Cushman brings innovative sushi and related new-Japanese fare to his menu with imagination and flair, accompanied by a large choice of excellent sake and wine, in an understated dining room whose simplicity belies the complexity of flavors on the plate. Cushman won the 2012 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast. At this North End sanctuary, you can expect to enjoy dishes like hamachi with spicy banana pepper mousse; bluefin maguro with caramelized onions, foie gras ponzu, and crunchy gobo; and Okinawan braised pork with Boston baked heirloom rice beans, house-made kimchi, and soy maple. For a truly unforgettable O Ya experience, try to get a seat at the counter to watch the delicious food being created before you in what is definitely one of America’s three best sushi restaurants.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Foursquare Tips

  • For the luxurious modern take on sushi your palette will be dazzled. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Sitting at the chefs counter, you should be mesmerized by what they serve.
  • best sushi in Boston
  • Be prepared to spend $$$ but wow the food is divine so worth the small fortune it will cost you ;)
  • Sushi so good it will change how you define sushi.
  • Andrew dined at O Ya, one of his favorite restaurants. Chef Tim Cushmans goal is to create single bites of food that pack in the flavor of an entire meal. Andrew samples Arctic char, and wagyu meat.
  • Close your eyes, point your finger at the menu, and pick. You can't go wrong.
  • O ya means "gee whiz" in Japanese, and you'll be saying the same thing after sampling the masterpieces created by Nobu Matsuhisa's former apprentice. Try the robiola-stuffed omelet in dashi broth.
  • 9 words: fried kumamoto oyster, yuzu kosho aioli, squid ink bubbles.
  • The best restaurant in Boston. Definitely try the braise shiitake mushroom and the Kumamotos!
  • Will destroy your wallet but a terrific place. Good mushrooms
  • Everything awesome. Warm somen amazing. Chicken skin with yuzu and schmaltz is unbelievable. Btw make sure Uber takes you to right address in Waterfront and NOT in Dorchester. Happens all the time.
  • Best Japanese restaurant outside of Japan, incredibly creative and delicious!
  • (Best of Boston 2013-JAPANESE) Improper Bostonian says, "Dinner here is a conscientiously crafted sequence of perfect bites, each incomparable in it's artistry."
  • The omakase may be expensive, but it is worth it! The drink pairing equally so.
  • A husband and wife duo create a harmonious yin and yang with their creative Japanese cuisine, like soft-boiled egg (yin) with caviar and gold leaf flakes (yang).
  • Chef's menu! A dazzling parade of nigiri (perfect bites).
  • Probably the best restaurant in town. Definitely try the foie gras chocolate balsamic maki roll and the shiitake mushroom roll. Be prepared to pay over $200 per person.
  • Sit at the bar. Mesmerizing. You'd be an idiot not to.
  • Bring your Amex Black