Love sushi, but hate decisions? Stay away from this stretch of Broadway Avenue, which boasts two raw fish spots—Nohana Sushi and the New Tokyo Japanese Restaurant—directly across the street from one another. The jury's still out on which one makes the best maki, but Nohana's huge selection of appetizers, its sleek line-up of sushi (everything from a $15 sushi-sashimi combo to a $13 yellow tail sashimi) and several Americanized offerings (see Mexican, Philadelphia and Bob's roll) has got to make its neighbor a tad nervous.
Though most of the employees here are not Japanese, the hard-working sushi chefs still demonstrate supreme raw fish chopping and layering skills. A perfect example is the $13 chirashi sushi dish—layers of tender salmon, tuna and octopus over a bed of sticky sushi rice. The mostly neighborhood crowd mixes well inside, and the low-key ambiance helps many wind down after a long day at the office. Sitting at a table toward the back ensures privacy, but avid people-watchers will want to snag a seat close to the window. The mocha ice cream dessert is a steal for only $1.50, and balances the slightly salty dinner eats with soothing sweetness.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Alicia Eler