Downtowners who want scene-free sushi should head for Sakura. Behind the dark-glass facade is a skinny dining room with bright-red walls and black tile floors. Like many Japanese restaurants, they offer classics like beef negimaki (broiled meat wrapped around scallions) and butter-smooth yellowtail sashimi. They also serve some flashy rolls: The Elvis does not have peanut butter or bacon, but does combine soft-shell crab, asparagus, caviar and radish—a hedonist’s dream.
273 Mott St
|Cross street:||between Houston and Prince Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 5–11pm; Fri noon–3pm, 5pm–midnight; Sat 1pm–midnight; Sun 2–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, V to Broadway–Lafayette St; N, R, W to Prince St; 6 to Bleecker St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. MC, V|