James Beard Award-winner Tim Cushman's O Ya is home to upscale Japanese cuisine, lavish omakase-style dining, and one of Boston's most impressive sake collections. Cushman fuses unexpected ingredients into his 18- or 24-course menus; and the resulting nigiri and sashimi combinations include hamachi topped with a banana pepper, nori-wrapped rice with foie gras, and a Hokkaido scallop with black truffle, sake-sea urchin jus, and chervil. The menu reaches far beyond sushi too, with categories dedicated to beef, truffles and eggs, somen and soba, tempura, and “other stuff.”
If it’s romantic enough for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively—O Ya was the site of their first date—it’s romantic enough for you. Fifteen years ago, owners Tim and Nancy Cushman created a date spot like none other, a sumptuous Japanese sanctuary that invites you to embrace indulgence. The nightly omakase menu is a 20-course extravagance of nigiri, sashimi, and seared delicacies, each course as beautifully presented as it is revelatory to eat. Yes, it’s insanely insanely expensive, but this is what special-event dining is made for—which is why Ryan and Blake returned here for their 10-year wedding anniversary.
All Boston sushi lovers agree that chef Tim Cushman’s O Ya is the go-to spot for ultra-extravagant Japanese fare—although all this outstanding cuisine certainly comes with a hefty price tag. Upon arrival, diners will be met with a 20-course omakase tasting menu featuring some of the finest nigiri, sashimi, and other classic Japanese dishes to ever grace Suffolk County—and for added fun, the menu changes with each passing day, providing repeat diners with an always-unique experience that’s well worth the blow to the bank account.