Hamachi is a type of fish that goes by several names — Japanese amberjack, yellowtail, buri — but whatever you call it, most will agree it’s delicious. Extremely popular in Japan, it’s native to that country’s coast and is especially appreciated in the colder months when the fish have a higher fat content. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is juicy, flavorful, and tender either way. Thankfully, it’s now fairly easy to find Japanese hamachi in the U.S. and restaurants around the country have crafted hamachi dishes well worth trying. (From January 27 to February 28, 10 top chefs in New York City and Los Angeles will also add a specially crafted hamachi dish to their menus.) Here are 10 standout places to try hamachi in a variety of preparations — we won’t judge if you want to try them all!
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