Petworth’s hip new 23-seat Japanese destination is much more fun than your typical sushi spot. Barmini alum Carlie Steiner mixes up oddball cocktails (sake with smoked green tea and pineapple vinegar), while former Pineapple and Pearls line cook Kevin Tien adds international flavors to a menu of sushi, sashimi, and shareable hot and cold plates. Japanese yellowtail crudo takes a Thai spin with chili/fish-sauce vinaigrette and orange segments, and buttermilk fried chicken goes Korean with a sweet gochujang glaze. Vegetarians will also find much to love, particularly eggplant or quail-egg nigiri. When in doubt, order dishes marked by unicorn and squid emojis—the owners’ and chef’s favorites. Expensive.
Also great: tuna tartare with quail egg and sesame-rice cracker; agedashi tofu; cabbage-and-roasted-peanut salad with spring-onion vinaigrette.