Boston has plenty of sushi to offer, but which are the finest? Here's the word on the street...

Two great places for Sushi in Boston are Jae's and Ginza, both serving melt in your mouth sushi in elegant settings. The Spider Maki is awesome.

Jae's has several locations, one on Columbus and a new location on Boylston St. Jae's offers a diverse Asian menu including Korean, and also has excellent Hot & Sour and Miso soup. Jae's literally has a wall covered with awards. Jae's is a comfortable location with indoor and outdoor seating - an excellent place to take guests, dates, business associates or family.

Ginza is the best sushi Chinatown. Sushi here is on par with Jae's but Ginza has the added advantage of late night hours. Most restaurants in Boston are closed by ten, but Chinatown is the exception. Ginza is great sushi served in an atmosphere of upscale downtown nightlife. An excellent place for a date or to continue your date after a night at a downtown hotspot.   

Tucked in a little basement space on trendy Newbury Street is Shino Express. Finding a cheap meal on Newbury can be a challenge, but you wouldn't know it looking at Shino's prices. $20 can get you 25 pieces of sushi goodness, if you can believe it, and their lunch specials are popular with both local professionals and students. With about 20 seats total, it's a mostly grab-and-go kind of place, but at least you're grabbing some quality stuff. Be sure to try the Crispy Eel Maki. 

If you're outside of town, the mother of all sushi joints in metro Boston in terms of quality is Oishii located at 612 Hammond Street in Newton. The quarters are a bit cramped (there's literally only room for 13 diners), with mostly bar seating and sharp knives flying in front of your face, but the quality is unbeatable and even worth the risk of a slashing. They don't have a liquor license, so diners are encouraged to BYOB.  

If you're looking for an elegant dining atmosphere, or perhaps a venue for larger groups, then Fugakyu is your best bet. A large two-floor space, Fugakyu features small private booths that can seat up to 8 people, or you can sit at the boat bar, which features a sort of sushi moat where little boats filled with sushi float by, tempting you with their yumminess.

A short trip just outside of the city would be well worth the drive if your destination was Mr. Sushi in Arlington. Reasonable prices, good selection, and friendly service is what one can expect at Mr. Sushi.

Douzo is one of the newest, and most stylish, Japanese restaurants in Boston. In addition to their exotic cocktails, they serve some of the most unusual sushi in town, with distinctly non-Japanese ingredients like jalapenos, tomatoes, and yes, melted cheese. They've even devised sushi rolls for those seeking low-carb alternatives, replacing the rice with paper-thin cucumber slices. But fear not, the old standbys are also available, and are very, very delicious. The tempura selection shouldn't be missed, either.

Those who are really willing to invest in a sushi experience can try Oishii Boston, where the decor and the prices are much trendier than its Newton counterpart, or a relative newcomer to the scene, O Ya.  Enjoying an omikase meal at either of these will be sure to please the palate (if not the wallet).

Another place to try on Boylston Street across from Lord & Taylor is Typhoon.  A quaint little place that is perfect for an intimate dining experience but also can accomodate a small party.  They offer an extensive menu of sushi, traditional Asian dishes and cocktails.  Located in the heart of Back Bay with outside seating available during warm season, perfect for people-watching and alfresco dining.