by Colleen Colkitt
Everybody loves sushi. Except for the people who don’t. If you’re one of the rare people who doesn’t plan seemingly endless trips to the sushi bar, you might feel a little left out. You might not enjoy fresh sashimi or uramaki, but that doesn’t mean you want to miss a night out!
If you're not a fan of seafood, but find yourself surrounded by sushi fanatics, this one’s for you. Here are the top 7 sushi places in Buffalo for people who don't like sushi.
KUMO JAPANESE CUISINE
4900 Transit Rd.
Depew, NY 14043
If you have the option, why wouldn’t you choose dinner and a show? Grab seats around the hibachi table and enjoy the show as your food is cooked right in front of you! Hibachi space is a bit limited, so be sure to call ahead.
Classic options include General Tso’s Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki, Vegetable Tempura, Hibachi Filet Mignon and others. You won’t have to look long to find something you love.
WASABI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
752 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
This is a perfect place to expand your palate – if you’re into that sorta thing. If you’re in an adventurous mood, they have super cheap lunch combos that include rolls and miso soup for under $10. Or stick with what you know, and get their Chicken & Vegetables, Teriyaki Chicken or Yaki Udon.
Plus, there’s a super cute patio if you and your friends are looking to dine outside (after it stops snowing)!
226 Lexington Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
If you haven't been to Kuni's you should make it a point to stop in. Talk to any sushi lover and they’ll tell you that Kuni’s is one of the best sushi joints in Buffalo. The place has great atmosphere and drinks, so even if you aren’t picking up what they’re putting down, you’re sure to have a good time. Your best bet is to stick with soup & salad, or venture out of your comfort zone and try something mild like the California roll.
Tables tend to fill up on the weekends, so stop in early!
1989 Niagara St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
One of the most rave-worthy sushi places in Buffalo is Sun Cuisine. There’s no denying that even if you don’t love sushi, you’re still going to love Sun. They have all types of curry, stir-fry, pad thai, filet, fried rice (of course) and more.
Want to try something different? Check out the bird’s nest soup – they even have gluten free items!
739 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
If your friends mention wanting sushi, steer them to SATO if you know what’s good for you. They have sushi rolls and plates for your sushi-hungry friends, but they also have ramen that will knock your socks off. Try the Sato Ramen or Spicy Miso Ramen – you’ll feel healthy and full at the same time.
SATO also has cocktails, wine and sake flights!
KYOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
4060 Maple Rd.
Amherst, NY 14226
If you don’t love yourself a good onion volcano, then there really is no pleasing you. Kyoto has plenty of stir-fry options and non-sushi dishes to order, and the cocktails have fun names like Sexy Lady and Purple Rain. Your friends will be in sushi heaven (they have a sushi bar to order from) and you’ll be happy devouring your hearty portions cooked right before your eyes!
TAI CHI BUBBLE TEA
2309 Eggert Rd
Tonawanda, NY 14150
This cool new spot on Sheridan is a must-try. While your friends are ordering their poke bowls and sushi rolls, you can feel great about enjoying their delicious bubble teas and smoothies and rice bowls. The cozy and clean ambiance in the restaurant makes this a good date spot or place to catch up with friends.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?
If you’re outraged knowing that someone in Buffalo isn’t a sushi foodie, then give us your favorite place for sushi and tell us what you order. We’ll see if you can make a convert to Team Sushi!