It’s sort of funny to think that there was a time in this country (possibly the world) when sushi was a culinary oddity – something enjoyed by pot-smoking and/or gay Californians, snobs like Molly Ringwald and the Japanese. Then something very inexplicable happened – sushi reached a tipping point and became ubiquitous. So these days everyone seems to have an opinion about the best places to eat sushi and when you use the superlative you had better be prepared for an onslaught of criticism.
You have to start somewhere, so here goes:
Sushi Taro – I have to be honest and say I have never eaten at Sushi Taro but friend who I know and respect (well, maybe just know) swear by it so I have to assume its good. Also, one day when some friends and I needed wasabi (for a non-sushi dish) they sold be a small plastic ramican of wasabi for one dollar so that was pretty cool.
Sake Club – Not to be confused with the once-cool Sake in Adams Morgan, Sake Club is a stylish little restaurant in Woodley Park that is Korean-owned and has a great sushi chef. The ambiance at the venue is also great so they get extra points for that.
Kotobuki – Kotobuki is buried in the Palisades otherwise I’d expect it to be much more well-known in DC. It’s also a (much) cheaper alternative to Makoto, which is directly underneath it and offers what many refer to as the best sushi in DC.
Perrys – Perrys is probably better known for its roof deck and transvestites but they have some pretty solid sushi as well. Actually, if you’re looking for a place that has top-notch sushi and top-notch transvestites I would say Perrys is your best option in DC.
Sushi-Ko – In addition to Sushi Taro, Sushi-Ko is normally considered to be one of the top sushi places in DC. It is much easier to get seating at Sushi-Ko and the prices are generally more affordable.
Makoto – As mentioned above, this small restaurant in Upper Georgetown is a retreat to Japanese tradition. Here, the food is excellent and the sushi and sashimi are literally pieces of art. Always go with the eight to ten tasting menu and be ready to check your shoes at the door.