Rumor has it that Tim Cushman may open another O Ya in New York. Lucky them if so, but we’ll still have the Ladder District original, where we first discovered omakase—setting the bar for every grand tasting since. Melt-in-your-mouth wagyu and arctic char are as memorable as flourishes like watermelon pearls and umami-rich foie gras ponzu. Seventeen courses of superior knife skills and imaginative composition—this isn’t dinner. It’s a banquet.
9 East St., Boston • (617) 654-9900
2015 Winner: O Ya
Boston’s costliest restaurant trades not on a lavishly appointed room nor an army of cosseting servers, but the subtle, exquisite pleasures of modern Japanese sashimi, sushi and cooked dishes, showcasing exotic species from distant oceans…...
- 9 East St., Boston
- (617) 654-9900
2016 Winner: Izakaya Ittoku
Some sleek, high-priced sushi palaces serve gold-flaked rolls and omakase feasts fit for an emperor, but this unassuming Allston eatery on the outer limb of the B Line is a real standout for both cuisine and cost...
- 1414 Comm. Ave., Boston
- (617) 608-3630
2017 Winner: UNI
Ken Oringer’s reinvention of his longstanding, formal and expensive flagship Clio and sashimi bar UNI into a single restaurant...
- 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
- (617) 536-7200
2018 Winner: Momi Nonmi
- 1128 Cambridge St., Cambridge
- (617) 945-7328