This stark-white storefront with just 20 seats isn’t big on atmospherics. What it lacks in ambience, though, it makes up for with its excellent value. Each night, chef/owner Yuh Shimomura proffers a single five-course tasting menu—no choices or substitutions—for $48. Shimomura trained both in Tokyo and at DC’s Kaz Sushi Bistro, and his sashimi plate, a constant for the second course, is a work of art. Dinners move on to an inventive fish or meat course—say, fried lobster draped in uni sauce—and a scoop of house-made ice cream sends you into the night. Moderate.
Also great: The menu changes by the day but typically includes a pot of soup, such as a peppery broth packed with oxtail bones, green onion, and noodles.