Best Japanese

Sushi Taro
1503 17th St. NW, (202) 462-8999
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
When you’re in the secret back room of Sushi Taro and gazing through a window at bamboo during the restaurant’s omakase experience, it’s truly impossible to believe you’re still in the U.S. of A. instead of halfway across the world in Tokyo. And that’s before Chef Nobu Yamazaki has sliced a single piece of fish from Tsukiji Market. But you don’t have to fly first-class at the 30-year-old restaurant to taste Japan. Lunch bento boxes, happy hour, the a-la-carte dinner menu, and the restaurant’s reasonably priced kaiseki tastings also contribute to making Sushi Taro the city’s Japanese food authority.