Once a gritty industrial center, Dumbo has since flourished into Brooklyn’s most famous and visited neighborhood. Visitors and locals can enjoy Dumbo’s beautiful parks, art galleries, hipster coffee shops, and spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and iconic NYC skyline.
You can spend the day walking across the historic Brooklyn Bridge into the stunning and expansive Brooklyn Bridge Park with amazing riverside views of the bridge and the Manhattan skyline for the most epic photoshoot to show to friends and family. You can also frequent Dumbo’s famous flea markets and food markets to fill up on local eats and search for unique trinkets.
Dumbo’s young, hipster appeal has spawned an impressive nightlife scene. That said, residents and visitors of all ages can delight in Dumbo’s awesome restaurant scene. I spent my most recent trip to Dumbo in search of the best sushi restaurants, and I was not disappointed.
If you’re looking for delicious sushi in Dumbo, I have compiled a list of my favorite spots that range in dining experiences from casual takeout spots to fine-dining Japanese bistros. Whatever you’re looking for, my list of the best sushi in Dumbo, Brooklyn has the very best selection of sushi, sashimi, ramen, and more.
Saketumi Asian Bistro
118 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located two blocks from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 4 beach, Saketumi Asian Bistro is casual neighborhood sushi and Japanese food restaurant, offering modern takes on classic Japanese dishes.
They use the freshest ingredients to craft their extensive menu of sushi, curry, Teriyaki, soups, and more. Their friendly staff, affordable menu, and fast service make them a great take-out spot.
Saketumi Asian Bistro is especially popular for lunch specials with different bento boxes, a Maki special, noodles special, and sushi bar lunch specials that all come with miso soup and a salad. They also have a Pan Asian menu that includes Thai dishes like Pad Thai, and a spicy Thai sesame peanut sauce bowl.
Iron Chef House
92 Clark St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Iron Chef Sushi House is a friendly Japanese eatery located one block west of the lovely Whitman Park.
A neighborhood favorite for takeout, Iron Chef House also has a cute interior along with a colorful covered streetside seating area surrounded by colorful plants. They use high-quality, fresh ingredients with a beautiful presentation for a reasonable price.
Most menu items at Iron Chef Sushi House are combos that include the main dish, a soup, and a side of rice or noodles. I enjoyed their light and tangy crispy calamari salad with fried squid, mixed greens, and lemon and mango dressing. Their extensive menu of sushi rolls has creative and colorful combinations of ingredients. I especially loved the Phoenix roll with eel, shrimp, crabmeat, and cucumber.
115 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Named for the picturesque and iconic Japanese city, Kyoto is a casual sushi bar and Japanese eatery on the southern end of Dumbo, one block from The Invisible Dog Art Center. Kyoto’s authentic sushi bar has an open kitchen and a glass partition through which you can watch the sushi chefs cut fresh pieces of fish and carefully arrange beautiful sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi plates.
Their lunch specials are hard to beat, with lunch boxes that combine a main hot dish like mango shrimp with rice, a California roll, miso soup, and a salad.
You can also choose a sushi lunch special featuring two rolls from a long list of fresh specialties for under 12$. If you’re looking to fill up and warm your bones on a cold day or evening, I recommend trying the tempura Udon soup with noodles, vegetables, and crunchy shrimp tempura.
Ozu Japanese Cuisine & Lounge
78 Clark St #2402, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located in Brooklyn Heights, Ozu Japanese Cuisine and Lounge is a friendly and inviting cocktail lounge, sushi bar, and restaurant that has been serving the Dumbo neighborhood since 2010.
Its urban, New York-style dining room features a sleek and modern wood design with a marble bar and a cocktail bar with blue lighting.
Ozu specializes in sashimi dishes, but they also offer a wide variety of traditional hot dishes like Teriyaki and Pan-Asian dishes like fried rice. They also have an expansive list of sake, wine, and imported Japanese beer. I recommend trying a combination dish from the Sushi Entrée menu to get a sampling for rolls and sashimi.
333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hibino is a sushi house and Japanese tapas bar located inside a simple yet tasteful dining room replete with an open wood sushi bar, wood-finished walls, and a bustling, welcoming atmosphere.
Hibino serves house-made tofu dishes, Japanese tapas known as Obanzai, and traditional sushi dishes prepared right in front of you.
There is a daily special Obanzai and sushi menu, featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients. I recommend splitting a slew of obanzai small plates between friends. I loved their shrimp toji maki, a Kyoto-style spring roll with shrimp wrapped in house-made tofu skin.
122 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located in the Cobble Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, KI SUSHI is a fine-dining sushi house with a hospitable and warm atmosphere for both power lunches and family dinners. Ki Sushi earned a coveted Michelin recommendation for its delicious menu with sophisticated and beautifully plated dishes.
Ki Sushi has a conventional menu of hot and cold appetizers and a vast assortment of a la carte sushi, and they also offer a chef’s tasting Omakase experience for larger parties at an affordable price.
Their over-the-top specialty rolls are as visually stunning as they are delicious. I recommend the Fashion Roll with spicy lobster, yellowtail, and jalapeno topped with yuzu tobiko and fresh scallop.
134 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Nestled inside a beautifully designed rustic dining room with a wooden-slab bar and lush green vines hanging from the exposed rafters, Taiki is an intimate high-end sushi restaurant, sake, and cocktail bar.
Named for its talented Head Chef Taiki Minamitani, Taiki’s charming atmosphere and top-quality, authentic sushi dishes make for a great date night as well as a celebratory group dinner with friends and family.
Hospitable to all ages, you can find plenty of sophisticated sushi, rolls, and appetizers along with a simpler kids’ menu for families. I recommend their amazing crab cakes with snow crab, tofu, red ginger, and lemon-lime tartare. Their menu of rolls, sashimi, and nigiri is as traditional as they come. You won’t find cream cheese or jalapenos here!
Daigo Hand Roll Bar
Dekalb Market Hall, 445 Albee Square
W, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located inside Downtown Brooklyn’s bustling Dekalb Market Hall, Daigo Hand Roll Bar is a renowned hand-rolled sushi and sake bar offering the very best and most authentic “fast-food” sushi experience in New York.
All rolls are made to order right in front of you in a small busy kitchen nestled amongst over 35 other vendors in this venerated Brooklyn food market.
Daigo’s delicate and expertly crafted rolls have earned accolades from the New York Times and the New York Eater. You can order hand-made rolls or rice cups with a variety of raw or cooked fish and shellfish or vegetarian variations. My favorite rolls were the eel and avocado roll, the tuna with Koji roll, and the seared salmon roll.
Whether you’re looking for a casual, family-friendly sushi bar, a fine-dining intimate Japanese bistro, or a bustling hand-roll sushi stand in a bustling food market, you’ll find the best options Brooklyn has to offer on my list of the best sushi in Dumbo.
No matter your budget, you’ll find that every restaurant on my list offers fresh ingredients, friendly service, and beautiful presentation. If you’re looking for other dining options in Dumbo, check out my more eclectic list of excellent eateries in Dumbo.
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