How to Eat Sushi: Behind the Scenes

Go behind the sushi bar at New York’s Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya to see how the chefs prepare super-fresh sushi, sashimi and more.

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Navigating the Menu

Heading out for sushi? Menus can vary widely from restaurant to restaurant, but here are some classics you'll want to zone in on if they're offered.

Green Tea

Hot green tea, produced from leaves that are steamed and dried

Sake

Chilled sake, a traditional Japanese beverage made up of rice, water, koji, yeast and a small amount of distilled alcohol, served here in a traditional sake box

Wakame Salad

Chilled wakame, a deep-green, edible seaweed, sliced, seasoned and sprinkled with sesame 

Miso Soup

A comforting bowl of hot soup flavored with miso, also known as bean paste

Nigiri

Thin slices of raw fish seasoned with wasabi and layered on top of sushi meshi (Japanese sushi rice), served with a side of ginger

Maki

Raw fish (here, tuna) enclosed in sushi rice, wrapped in thin sheets of nori (seaweed) and cut into slices, served with a side of ginger

Sashimi

Fresh sliced raw fish served without rice

Plating Sashimi

The itamae (sushi chef) plating sashimi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

A View from the Sushi Bar

At traditional sushi restaurants, the meal can feel like a culinary ceremony centered around beautiful, colorful pieces of fish. If you want the best view of the action, the sushi bar is considered the best seat in the house, where you can observe as the itamae prepares your dishes. 

Preparing Fresh Fish

An itamae prepares a tray of fresh fish, including raw tuna and salmon, for the sushi bar.

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