In case you missed it, food prices are soaring all over the country and the restaurant scene in NYC is no exception. Here, a sushi meal can easily set you back a few hundred bucks per person. Fortunately, there are more affordable options in the city—you just have to know where to look.
Omakase, a Japanese meal tradition translating to “I’ll leave it up to you,” entrusts the diner’s experience to the sushi chef, who prepares a prix fixe series of dishes that showcase their skills and creativity. This type of dining gained prominence stateside thanks in no small part to the gorgeous 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which followed expert sushi chef Jiro Ono in Tokyo. And while a meal at the renowned Japanese restaurant currently goes for around $420 and lasts less than 30 minutes, you can get a similar experience minus the hefty price tag right here in NYC.
Here, we’ve rounded up nine places in the city where you can get your fresh-fish fix while still saving up for a trip to Japan—and all of them cost $100 or less (not including tax, tips or drinks).