Restaurants, Japanese River West/West Town
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Arami ramen

Chefs Ajay Popli 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.

By: Amy Cavanaugh


Venue name: Arami
Address: 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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Go for the sushi, but skip the fries. The specialty sushi rolls were super tasty and reasonably priced for their caliber. The cocktails were lovely but on the expensive side at $13 a pop. The $3 fries with fish sauce were the only letdown of the night, with only a few scant potato curls appearing at the bottom of a small bowl... where are the fries? This is America, yo. But all in all, loved this place and would recommend it for a sushi date!