Boston’s Best Sushi


Chef Tim Cushman brings innovative sushi and related new-Japanese fare to O-Ya’s menu.

The Daily Meal recently published our Best Sushi in America roundup for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we started by reaching out to leading culinary authorities to ask what their favorite sushi restaurants are, and we supplemented those suggestions with sushi restaurants featured in local reviews and pre-existing regional and local rankings. Although many of these restaurants also serve a menu of traditional Japanese food, we stressed that the primary focus must be on sushi. We then took that list of 112 restaurants from across the country and built a survey, with the restaurants separated by region. We invited our group of trusted panelists, comprising chefs, bloggers, journalists, and other culinary authorities, to vote for their favorites. Our final list showcased the 35 best, with two from Boston scoring quite high.

Chef Tim Cushman brings innovative sushi and related new-Japanese fare to O-Ya’s menu with imagination and flair. His sushi is truly exceptional, accompanied by a large choice of excellent sake and wine, and served in an understated dining room whose simplicity belies the complexity of flavors on the plates. Cushman won the 2012 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast. You can expect to enjoy dishes like balsamic chocolate kabayaki, claudio corallo raisin cocoa pulp, sip of aged sake and warm eel with thai basil, kabayaki, and fresh kyoto sansho.

Cushman’s sushi is so good, it snagged the #3 spot on our list, beating out local competitor Oishii (#9) to be the top-ranking sushi in Bean Town this year.

Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant and City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @BeefWerky and @theconversant.