Does kosher sushi really exist? It certainly does, and in Brooklyn, you’ve got plenty of options for when you need to find a lunch or dinner place for you and an orthodox friend. As long as the fish itself is kosher (that is to say: does it have fins and scales?) and only prepared with kosher instruments, you should be fine.
“Even though Jews were eating raw fish long before the advent of the sushi bar (herring, anyone?), sushi presents an intriguing, complex challenge for kashrut experts,” says Rabbi Sholem Fishbane of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. After an extensive and painstaking analysis, the Rabbi concludes that one may not eat sushi in a non-kosher restaurant.
Whether you take the Rabbi’s advice or not, YWN Coffee Room provides a few tips on finding the best kosher sushi in Brooklyn. Some of your best bets include Tea for Two lite on Nostrand & Kings Highway (try the spider roll), Sushi K Bar, Schwartz’s Appetizing in Marine Park, Blue Dish Restaurant, and others. Though some Jews refuse to eat it (or believe that others will), kosher sushi is a great way to add variety to an observant diet. Another good resource for finding kosher food at a restaurant near you is to access this site. Finally, you might try searching Yelp.com listings, but call ahead to confirm that kosher sushi is actually served.
Credits: Kosher sushi by Paul Jacobson