The secret is out. Arrive at Sake Social later than 5 p.m. (the opening time) and you may have to wait for a table. Still, the beauty of this option is getting to taste smaller portions of favorites at lower prices. We recently snagged the last two seats at the sushi bar, where what at first looks like chaos is really a choreographed routine of sushi chefs in head scarves with sharp knives moving around one another with impressive grace. They produce pristine sushi, sashimi, and more for an appreciative audience. We sampled Atlantic salmon sushi as well as hamachi, both fine. Our fish avoider tried the pork rillettes with tamarind curry and thin slices of green apple, as well as tempura onion rings—big, thick slices in a melt-in-your-mouth batter. Fabulous. For vegetables, we downed nasu (Japanese eggplant), prettily arranged atop sticky rice, and hana tataki (cauliflower and gremolata). With all this healthy food, we could splurge with the Fried Milk, an artful arrangement of chocolate sprinkles topped with a mound of ice-cold chocolate milk, rounds of toasted meringue, and rich, deep slices of chocolate—not to be missed.
Drinks: Beer, wine & sake