We’ve got you covered, chopsticks included, Japanese beer or sake extra.
NYC all-you-can-eat sushi deals are not Las Vegas-style bottomless buffets. Most restaurants have a requirement to protect them from greedy diners who pile their plates and then waste expensive fish and seafood.
Some restaurants require that your plate is empty before you order more, others charge you $1 or more for each piece left over on your plate when you leave, including if you’ve eaten the fish but not the rice.
That’s entirely fair, considering the cost of sushi and sashimi quality fish.
These are our choices for the five best all-you-can-eat sushi on the cheap deals. If we’ve missed one of your favorites, email us at [email protected] and we’ll check it out to include for an update.
Arrive hungry, my friends.
Sushi Para 88 – This small neighborhood favorite in Chelsea offers all-you-can-eat specials Monday to Saturday, both at lunch, for $20, and at dinner, for $26. Diners are limited to two hours, which is enough time to stuff yourself with more than a dozen varieties of six-piece rolls along with sushi and sashimi including shrimp, salmon, yellowtail and eel. Sauces, including wasabi mayo and ponzu, are each 50 cents extra. There’s a more extensive menu at dinner, including mocha and green tea ice cream desserts, also extra, and you can BYOB or order their beer or wine.
- Sushi Para 88, 212 West 14th St., Chelsea open until 11:30pm.
Kiku Sushi – The all-you-can-eat sushi option is $29 at lunch or dinner, and includes a variety of appetizers and specialty rolls, including sushi salad and Yummy Yummy roll, shrimp tempura topped with grilled blue crab and spicy eel sauce. Add an all-you-can-drink sake or beer option for another $7. ) These sushi and drink deals are not listed on the restaurant website, but those in the know, know.
- Kiku Sushi, 235 Ninth Ave. at 24th St., Hells Kitchen
Aki Sushi & Grill – This unpretentious spot offers a reasonable all-you-can-eat option for just $25 per person, that includes classic favorite rolls and fresh sushi. Plus, they offer a $3.50 saki all-you-can-drink sake option. Neither the sushi deal nor the saki deal is on the website. Ask for it when you arrive.
- Aki Sushi, 720 Second Ave., Kips Bay
IchiUmi – All the Japanese and Korean fare you can eat in one sitting, in a massive, two-floor sushi and seafood cafeteria-style buffet in Midtown’s so-called Little Korea. There are dozens of sushi and roll options, including bacon avocado, spicy tuna and Tokyo crunch rolls, bite-sized soft shell crab in season, hot dishes and meaty crab legs, plus dozens more ramen and noodle options, a raw bar with oysters and clams, and a dizzying array of desserts and fresh fruit. Prices vary by time of day and day of week:
- Monday through Thursday: $ 18.95 for lunch and $31.95 in the evening;
- Friday: $ 18.95 for lunch and $ 34.95 in the evening;
- Weekends and holidays $ 24.95 for lunch and $ 34.95 in the evening.
- Ichi Umi, 6 East 32nd St., Midtown
Kumo Sushi – Two locations, one in the Village, one on the Upper West Side, offer all-you-can-eat deals for $27.95, and an add-on $10 all-you-can-drink beer and sake deal. You are encouraged to order as you go,to avoid a surplus of rolls and nigiri on the table. There’s a two-hour time limit for the unlimited sushi and drink deals.
- Kumo Sushi is at 165 West 72nd St., on the UWS, and at 282 Bleeker in the West Village.
If we’ve missed one of your favorite all-you-can-eat sushi deals, email us at [email protected] and we’ll check it out to include in an update.