Located in the northernmost region of the borough of Brooklyn, Greenpoint is the perfect combination of old and new. Greenpoint is historically a Polish American neighborhood and still has a proud Polish community with many quaint Polish eateries. Simultaneously, Greenpoint has burgeoned into a hipster paradise, full of dive bars, vintage shops, and prime coffee house culture.
Along with a bustling street scene, Greenpoint’s location shares borders with the East River and the Newtown Creek, with great views of Manhattan to the east and Long Island city to the north. There are numerous trails and nature parks along the East River and Newtown Creek, including the enormous and gorgeous McCarren Park.
Wandering the streets of Greenpoint and lounging at hip coffee shops is a great way to spend the day, but you’ll need some sustenance. There are way more options than Polish eateries, too. Greenpoint’s restaurant scene spans the spectrum of world cuisine, from American to Japanese.
I visited Greenpoint with a hankering for sushi and found a great variety of Japanese restaurants to fulfill my craving. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a formal sit-down multicourse Omakase, Greenpoint sushi restaurants accommodate every dining preference with fantastic food and welcoming service.
If you’re looking for the best sushi in Greenpoint, check out the following list of restaurants I explored and reviewed.
Best Sushi in Greenpoint
- Sapporo Ichiban
- Amami Bar & Restaurant
- Wasabi Sushi
- Kyoto Sushi
981 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Located two blocks from the East River in the heart of Greenpoint, KanaHashi is a casual sushi bar with dine-in and take-out options for lunch and dinner. They use the freshest catches and the highest quality ingredients to bring you fresh modern twists on traditional sushi and other Japanese favorites.
Their expansive menu features long lists of hot and cold appetizers, Teriyaki, Katsu, hot entrees, and dozens of rolls and sashimi. KanaHashi has plenty of combo lunch and dinner specials to let you sample various pieces of sushi and sashimi with a salad and miso soup included.
I loved their double-sided Lovely Roll with spicy tuna, scallop, avocado, and tobiko on the inside, and lobster salad and wasabi tobiko on the outside served with honey wasabi sauce.
622 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Located just north of McCarren Park, Sapporo Ichiban is a friendly neighborhood sushi bar and Japanese eatery. Sapporo Ichiban offers delivery and take-out.
Its quiet dining room and bar with a mismatched tile bar and lovely stone walls lined with photos of the owner posing with happy patrons is a homey and welcoming atmosphere to grab lunch, happy hour, and dinner.
Sapporo Ichiban is a great lunch spot, offering nine different bento lunch boxes for take-out in stunning compartmentalized arrangements. If you’re dining in for lunch or dinner, there are nearly 100 different sushi rolls to choose from, not to mention ramen, noodles, fried rice, Teriyaki, and hot and cold appetizers.
Amami Bar & Restaurant
57 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Amami Bar & Restaurant is a fun and hip sushi restaurant and cocktail bar located right across the street from the beautiful McCarren Park. Owned and run by successful restauranteur and Chef Nick Wang, Amami Bar and Restaurant encompasses the four key aspects of Japanese cuisine known as Yakitori, Izakaya, ramen, and sushi.
Amami thus has a menu full of Yakitori, or skewered grilled meats, various types of ramen, and a wealth of beautifully colorful sushi dishes.
The Izakaya, or sake bar, aspect of Amami features extensive wine, sake, and beer lists along with a list of creative signature cocktails that use Japanese flavors and ingredients like lychee sangria or my personal favorite, the Aficionado with Iwai whisky, plum wine, fig, and bitters.
205 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Ako is another hip, authentic creation of Chef Nick Wang and sister restaurant to nearby Amami Bar and Restaurant. Located a few blocks from the Williamsburg Bridge, Ako is a small, modern restaurant with a great patio space that serves award-winning sushi, teriyaki, and tempura dishes at affordable prices to Greenpoint residents for over ten years.
Ako has a sizable sake and imported Japanese beer list to accompany your meal. They have great daily specials that include different hot and cold appetizers and special nigiri depending on seasonal availability.
I love their purple potato tempura fries with match mayo as a creative appetizer. Their unique rolls are unlike any you’ve seen. Take, for instance, the Seafood Dynamite with spicy mayo BBQ sauce, with tempura-style Alaskan King Crab, white fish, asparagus, Tamago, and tobiko.
638 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Located directly in front of McCarren Park in the heart of Greenpoint, Wasabi Sushi is a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant with contemporary takes on traditional sushi.
They take inspiration and ingredients from around the U.S. to craft their innovative signature rolls. Their small yet friendly dining space offers front row seats to an open kitchen where you can watch the chef prepare your meal. They also have a delivery and take-out service.
You can find delicious combinations of fresh fish and aromatic ingredients in their many sushi offerings that attempt to include regional favorites. The California Maki, for example, has Kani, avocado, cucumber, and masago. My favorite specialty roll is the Hot Mama Roll with spicy shrimp, spicy Kani, and avocado atop a roll filled with spicy seared scallop, fish egg, and raw scallop.
954 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Located two blocks from the trails at Newtown Creek Nature Walk, Chiko is a delivery and take-out establishment specializing in traditional Japanese hot dishes and Japanese drinks. They’re open for lunch and dinner, and their hearty portions served in durable plastic lunch boxes are an excellent option for lunch in the park.
They serve delicious Japanese juice drinks and bubble tea with chewy tapioca balls. I recommend the sweet, smokey, and tangy herbal plum juice with smoked ume plum and hibiscus. The food menu is simple, with a few appetizers and three entrees, all of which are perfectly executed. I loved the Dan Dan Noodle dish with beef, chili oil sauce, sesame paste, peanuts, and garlic.
161 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Located a block from McGolrick Park, Kyoto Sushi is a casual neighborhood sushi and Japanese restaurant with friendly service and a busy take-out and delivery program. For over ten years, they’ve been a neighborhood favorite and offer elaborate party sushi trays to spice up a corporate lunch.
There are countless sushi and sashimi combos for one, two, or large groups. You can always dine in at the open sushi bar and order from their vast a la carte menu. I loved their sweetheart roll with lobster salad, avocado, cucumber, tobiko, and soy paper with spicy sauce.
621 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Wanpaku is a contemporary ramen house, Japanese comfort food restaurant and artisanal cocktail bar in the heart of Greenpoint, steps away from the beautiful McCarren Park. Run by talented head chef Nick Tran, Wanpaku has an authentic selection of curry, ramen, and small plates for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. The décor is chic and modern with a warm, bustling local feel.
Everything on the menu at Wanpaku is exquisite and accessible to budgets big and small. I loved the shrimp Katsu curry with a scotch edge and greens over steamy rice. Their BBQ Beef ribs ramen with a marinated egg, arugula, scallions, bean sprouts, onion, and ma-yu garlic was the tastiest bowl of ramen I’ve eaten in New York.
Greenpoint’s sushi restaurants offer a wide array of delicious menus, friendly service, and hospitable atmospheres. Whether you’re looking for a go-to takeout joint, a hip Japanese cocktail and tapas bar, or a friendly neighborhood bakery and café, you’ll find the perfect option for the best sushi in Greenpoint from the list I’ve compiled.
If you’re looking for a more diverse list of excellent restaurants in Brooklyn, you may want to check out these brunch spots in Park Slope.
Did we leave out your favorite sushi joint? Let us know in the comments down below and we’ll check it out!
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