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Japanese fare is incredibly diverse and intricate. From robata to izakaya, these authentic spots will keep you coming back again and again.
Katsu Imamura, head chef and owner of Katsu, starts with the best possible ingredients and transforms them into expertly crafted dishes. This place has an excellent sake selection, with rare and delicious options you’ll be hard-pressed to get your hands on elsewhere. For easily one of the best Japanese meals in the city, head to Katsu.
We Love Their: Karei Kara-Age, Hot Duck
2651 W Peterson Ave
Kai Zan is considered one of the top Japanese spots in the area, and one of the trendiest, most upscale places to dine. Their menu is varied but authentic, and they offer specialty dishes that are difficult to find outside of Tokyo. The plating of every single dish is like a work of art—each detail is perfectly in place. This place is even BYOB, so you can bring your favorite adult beverage along.
We Love Their: Tonkatsu Shiso Age, Char Siu, Tako
SUMI ROBATA BAR
An intimate, relaxed robatayaki, Sumi Robata Bar will take your breath away. If you sit at the counter, you can watch the expert chef through a pane of glass as he slowly and methodically grills meat and vegetables to perfection over a Japanese charcoal grill. Nestled under the main restaurant, there is even a chic private lounge where you can grab some balanced and nuanced cocktails and mingle in the futuristic environment.
We Love Their: Beef Slider, Chicken Heart, Ishi Yaki