Chefs Fred Despres and Nelson Vinansaca run the kitchen at this superb Japanese spot, which has some of the city's best sushi and ramen. The warm, cozy room seems to encourage you to stay for hours, sipping sake or cocktails like an old-fashioned made with seaweed-infused Japanese whiskey and yuzu-pineapple bitters. Start with the chef's choice sashimi, which includes 14 slices of neatly sliced seafood, including a meaty piece of octopus and salmon that nearly melts in your mouth. The special nigiri section includes treats like rice wrapped with crab and festooned with spicy Alaskan king crab. But sushi at Arami doesn't just benefit seafood lovers—yasai (vegetables) are available as maki or nigiri and include a slice of tender eggplant squiggled with peanut–red miso dressing.
1829 W Chicago Ave
|Cross street:||between Wolcott Ave and Wood St|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Mon 5-9:15pm, Tue-Wed 5-9:45pm, Thu 5-10:15pm, Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm|
|Transport:||Bus: 9, 50, 66.|
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