4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW (Second floor)
Washington, DC 20016


Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades

Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese

Opening Hours:
Open for lunch Monday through Saturday noon to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday and Sunday 5 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Ankimo (monkfish liver); sunomono salad; oshizushi; eel kamameshi; eel unadon; fatty tuna and yellw; mango mochi.

Price Details:
Starters, $1.50 to $6.50; entre├ęs, 9.75 to $25

Special Features: Kid Friendly, Good for Groups

Scene: Food Specials

Cheap Eats 2008: Kotobuki

Why go: To paraphrase the writer A.J. Liebling: No sushi as cheap is as good, and no sushi as good is as cheap.

What to get: Rice casseroles known as kamameshi—a version with eel is our favorite—which arrive with an array of vivid snacks such as lobster salad and pickled mushroom; oshizushi, a long roll of pressed mackerel on lightly vinegared rice; ankimo, the foie gras of the sea painted with a light soy sauce; nigiri of yellowtail and white tuna; sashimi of scallop and sea urchin.

Best for: A quiet lunch for one or an intimate dinner for two. The cozy, 24-table dining room is a serene spot to dine—with only the ceaseless, all-Beatles soundtrack to accompany you.

Insider tip: The sake selection is small, but the presentation is beautiful—and worth a splurge: The small, chilled wooden box comes with a pendant-size spoon for lining the rim with salt, a noted sake enhancer.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner.

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