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This tri-level Japanese restaurant bar keeps all things sleek and natural with its restored wood walls and stools, marble bars, and robata dishes grilled on sumi, the highest quality white oak char... read more
A gallery of “slurp shots” (pictures of diners slurping their noodle soups) on the website for James Beard award-winning Chef Takashi Yagihashi’s newest endeavor—the Slurpin... read more
Neighborhood sushi with a twist, or a punch, or something exuberant. The usual sushi maki menu is dramatically enhanced by a 600-degree robata grill churning out dishes like prosciutto-wrapped s... read more
When you're ready to mix up your nightlife a bit, do some digging around in Chinatown until you find this semi-hidden sake den. Crazy theme nights, light-up floors and Japanese-style fried chicke... read more
Henry Chang recently opened this bite-sized sushi spot across the street from his equally-as-minimalist, but über-hip Asian eatery Pingpong. Fresh fish is featured in the maki rolls, occasional DJs... read more
The family that runs this little place is so gracious, you'll feel bad for stopping in without a bottle of vino to share. The homey atmosphere is reflected in the short, and sometimes unexpectedly ... read more
This popular sushi spot did anything but tank when it first opened its doors in Lincoln Square. A welcome retreat for sushi-seeking new condo dwellers, the place is packed nightly with diners looki... read more
What's the draw? Certainly not the plain brick exterior, the bright blue awnings, cafeteria-like ambiance or the aloof servers. Maybe it's the happy looks on the faces of all the people on the othe... read more
Since the Japanese are known for their sense of aesthetics, it's odd that this room feels like a rave party straight out of the late 1990s. The bracingly loud techno and faux open-flame lamps distr... read more
Bob San is certainly a relaxing dining experience, with an entryway waterfall, wraparound sushi bar, and dining room framed by raftered ceilings. The techno-house music is quiet enough that you can... read more
Fashionistas and their male counterparts line up for tables arranged in such close proximity that a Tetris champion must have laid them out. At some point, your elbow will interlock with your n... read more
This once strictly Chinese restaurant should have kept their chopsticks where they belonged. Expanding the menu to include second-rate sushi was a big Hong Kong phooey. Its unremarkable Wicker-Park... read more
A sushi pioneer in Lincoln Park, fail-safe Sai Café has been serving up well-priced nigiri, maki, hot and cold appetizes and rice dishes in understated atmosphere for almost 20 years. Head in durin... read more
The upstairs looks like the dining deck of a well-appointed Japanese space station, with wavy wood rafters striating across the ceiling and a giant sculpture that will either entice or scare you. T... read more
Set up shop in this highly gentrified area, and local denizens are happy they've arrived (despite spotty service). You can't miss Chef Soon Park's spacious underwater-themed spot, which sticks out ... read more
God bless a BYOB where most restaurants in this 'hood charge $5 for a Bud Light, especially when it means you can pass the savings on to the mighty fine fish they're rollin' up in here. Their signa... read more
The South Loop means big spaces and premier sushi spot Oysy delivers with floor-to-ceiling windows and a futuristic space that looks like it was built by sentient crystal honeybees (giant ones, of ... read more
A restaurant that maintains its atmosphere with the aplomb of a good club. Just standing in the foyer ignites a tingle of excitement, whether you’re headed to the palatial dining room or the South ... read more
Androgynous, black and white Nagel-esque paintings on the walls and a taupe-y earthtone interior are the hallmarks of this out-of-the-way sushi bar. With amorphous light fixtures on the ceiling tha... read more
The words seasonal and local seem to be attached to every other res...
Bold experiment provides a bar with everything but the booze. Every...
Massive River North sports bar that becomes late night DJ club. Sup...
Tucked below the swanky River North dining hotspot (yes, Gilt Bar i...
EDM and global house live performances and DJs perform and spin at ...