• The Best Sushi in Hoboken and Jersey City {According to Your Mood}

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    Whether you prefer to have your sushi during a night out on the town, all dolled up and paired perfectly with a cocktail OR on your couch in sweatpants while binging on Netflix {yes please!}, sushi lovers have endless options in this neck of the woods. With tons of sushi restaurants scattered throughout Hudson County, it’s hard to choose — so we’ve rounded them up for you. Here are the best sushi spots in Hoboken and Jersey City {according to your sushi ambience preferences}.

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    Sushi Lounge — For a Fun Night Out {Hoboken}

    As one of three locations in north Jersey, Sushi Lounge in Hoboken is nestled in a cozy corner spot on Hudson Street, offering traditional Japanese cuisine, sushi, and Japanese-fusion style entrees. Our favorite house specialty rolls include the Angry Dragon {fresh king crab, asparagus and mango, topped with eel and avocado, served with jalapeno mango sauce} and the Coconut Shrimp Roll {coconut shrimp tempura and mango, topped with spicy tuna, cooked shrimp and coconut flakes with eel sauce and coconut wasabi sauce} that are perfectly paired with some steamed edamame. Yum! This is definitely a sushi spot to “dine-in,” as they have a fully loaded bar and delicious craft cocktails that perfectly complement your sushi order {perfect start to a girls’ night out}. They also have a variety of weekly bar and cocktail specials, as well as their happy hour {Monday – Thursday 3-6:30PM} featuring ½-priced kitchen appetizers, special rolls, and martinis.

    Robongi — For Delish Delivery or a BYO-“Club” Sitch {Hoboken}

    Right on Washington Street, Robongi is one of our go-to sushi spots with a unique and energizing interior, themed after the streets of Tokyo. Its funky, fun vibe inside is matched with equally delicious takeout or dine-in options, Robongi has house specialties ranging from steaks to tartars — but is also well known for its incredible sushi offerings {you may remember THIS post}. With outdoor dining available in the warmer months and club-like music playing inside for any weeknight or weekend dinner fun, it’s guaranteed to be enjoyable. Robongi’s most popular rolls include the Iso Roll {spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber, panko flakes all wrapped in white seaweed} and the Godzilla Roll {spicy yellow tail, jalapeno, white tuna and salmon topped with avocado and black roe} — and their American Dream roll + Avocado salad is nothing to scoff at, either. Open til 11:30 on weekends, which is a plus for a BYO sitch before a night out on the town.

    Ayame — Hibachi for Big Groups {Hoboken}

    Aside from being Hoboken’s only Hibachi restaurant {and perfect for big groups!}, Ayame has a wide-ranging sushi menu to please any sushi lover’s palate. From standard vegetable rolls to unique flavors such as the Alligator Roll {shrimp tempura, cucumber topped with eel, avocado, and BBQ eel sauce}, this sushi joint even serves something called “Sushi Cake” which is spicy tuna, cream cheese, avocado, and eel over rice which is definitely worth trying. With prompt delivery and easily ordered for takeout or delivery on a variety of apps – Ayame is another convenient and tasty option. {PS: if you dine in for hibachi, make sure you ask for a saki shot — the chef will pour it right in your mouth, hayyyy.}

    Okinawa — Takeout/Delivery Central {Hoboken}

    Quick, fresh delivery and great prices are the two main draws to this Hoboken sushi joint, but what will keep you coming back for more is the delicious sushi, soups and appetizers. With fantastic {bargain} lunch specials and endless options of rolls and hand rolls, you can try something new with every visit or takeout order. Some of our favorite Okinawa rolls are the Rainbow Roll — assorted raw fish on top of a traditional California roll — that’s just as pretty as it tastes, and the Tokyo Roll which has lobster tempura {you *must* try asap if you haven’t already}, avocado, cucumber, mango and masago wrapped in soy bean paper and topped with mango sauce.

    Honshu — Business Lunch or Sushi Date Spot {Jersey City}

    This Paulus Hook establishment is a takeout-lovers dream, with delivery and takeout ordering available via a ton of apps. For dine-in, you also won’t be disappointed as you indulge in Honshu’s delicious sushi offerings amongst their chic and modern décor and fun environment {fun fact: voted as one of the 50 Best Sushi Bars in America by The Daily Meal!}. It’s a great spot to take a date or business lunch, with its new space being a mix of modern and rustic. Their signature Honshu Roll is hand stuffed with yellowtail, avocado, tuna and salmon wrapped in a special marbleized white and green seaweed, and is just as much a work of art as it is a delicious treat.

    Komegashi — Skyline Sushi + Traditional Cuisine {Jersey City}

    Two locations of Komegashi = double the fun, double the sushi {sorry, we had to}. The Montgomery Street location offers traditional Japanese cuisine including a full sushi bar with traditional favorites, while the Newport locale {Komegashitoo} boasts skyline views and a more modern feel. Regardless of which establishment you visit, you’ll enjoy high quality, fresh fare and virtually any sushi and roll combination you could wish for. Some of our favorites include the Lobster Tempura roll {Newport location} and the Green Dragon Roll at Montgomery. Sushi lovers – be sure to enter K2’s create your own sushi roll contest! Create the roll ingredients and a unique name – and it could potentially be a menu staple. You’ll win a $25 gift card, too!

    Teppan Bar & Grill Two-Level Hibachi + Sushi Fun {Jersey City}

    This Warren Street staple is two levels of sushi bar and lounge fun, with a slightly commercialized feel — entertaining hibachi chefs at the dine-in grills and a stocked sushi bar to boot. Within this large, industrial style space, rolls and hand rolls range from the simple cucumber roll to the signature “JC” roll with shrimp tempura underneath eel, avocado, wasabi tobiko and eel sauce. Begin with one of their hot starters such as the delectable and spicy Wasabi Pork Shumai, and end with green tea ice cream for a perfect meal.

    OZU FOODS Seasonal Sush & Poke Bowls {Jersey City}

    An adorable little spot on Hutton Street in the Heights, this Japanese eatery is perfect for takeout with its freshly-made sushi and poke bowls. They boast “seasonal cuisine,” offering raw poke bowls and various soba noodle bowls based on the freshest ingredients available that day/week. A few must-haves on the menu: the Chicken Bento Box and the Ozu Ramen Bowl — including a poached egg. They’re open til 930, so order early!

    Those are just a few of our top picks — leave a comment below with your favorite!

     


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    Erin is a freelance writer and lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter. A proud Jersey Girl, she grew up in Central New Jersey but always had a love for Hudson County, with her father having grown up in Jersey City, and her grandfather proudly worked at Maxwell House for decades. Her words have been featured across many outlets including BRIDES, Allure, TeenVogue, The Today Show, Byrdie, and more. Erin also owns local Etsy shop GrandeGifts, and in her spare time can be found binging on all things Bravo.


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