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Hey you, munching on that California roll from Duane Reade. Stop committing sushi sacrilege--New York City is home to some of the freshest, tastiest and most beautiful hunks of raw fish on earth. Here are nine pieces of NYC sushi that are so gorgeous, they belong in a museum. (And seriously, just say no to drugstore sushi. You’ll thank us later.)

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O Ya

FRIED KUMAMOTO OYSTER NIGIRI AT O YA

Yep, that’s a fried kumamoto oyster topped with yuzu kosho (a citrusy chili paste) aioli and squid ink bubbles. Something tells us we’re going to need two bites to finish this one.

120 E. 28th St. (at Lexington Ave.); 212-204-0200 or o-ya.restaurant

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RED SNAPPER WITH CRISPY LOTUS ROOT AT SUSHI OF GARI

It’s crunchy, it’s salty, and it looks like it belongs in a damn MoMA exhibit.

Locations throughout Manhattan; 212-957-0046 or sushiofgari46-hub.com

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Nobu

THE HOUSE SPECIAL ROLL AT NOBU

This is the “everything bagel” of sushi rolls. Smoked salmon, tuna, whitefish, hamachi, crabmeat, crab, flying-fish roe, avocado…this edible work of art has it all.

Locations in Tribeca and Midtown; 212-757-3000 or noburestaurants.com

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Tristan Wheelock / Momo Sushi Shack

SUSHI BOMBS AT MOMO SUSHI SHACK

These adorable little guys are technically called “temari.” We’re partial to the Spicy Mc Bomb, with tuna, cucumber, spicy mayo and katafi.

43 Bogart St. (at Moore St.), Brooklyn; 718-418-6666 or momosushishack.com

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KOHADA FROM SUSHI DOJO

How do they make a hunk of spotted sardine look so gorgeous? The world may never know.

110 First Ave. (at Seventh St.); 646-692-9398

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Daniel Krieger / Sushi Nakazawa

YARI IKA AT SUSHI NAKAZAWA

One bite of spear squid with dry red mullet roe and you’ll swear off California rolls forever.

23 Commerce St. (at Bedford St); 212-924-2212 or sushinakazawa.com

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Beyond Sushi NYC

THE CRUNCH N’ MUNCH ROLL FROM BEYOND SUSHI

This beauty is made with black rice, alfalfa sprouts, English cucumber, tofu and kiwi with white miso sauce. (And yep, that also means it’s vegan.)

Locations in Chelsea, the East Village and Midtown; 646-861-2889 or beyondsushinyc.com

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SHIMA AJI AT SUSHI YASUDA

Most of the fish at this Midtown sushi oasis is imported from Japan. Kon’nichiwa, perfectly sliced sliver of jack fish.

204 E. 43rd St. (at Third Ave.); 212-972-1001 or sushiyasuda.com

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FIREFLY SQUID AT CAGEN

Can we just leave this on the table as a centerpiece for the next two weeks? No, that would be gross? Fine, we’ll eat it.

414 E. Ninth St. (at First Ave.); 212-358-8800 or cagenrestaurant.com

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