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Bernal Heights: Yo's Sushi thumbs-up; Argus thumbs-down!

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Had yet another remarkably fantastic meal at Yo's Sushi (Mission and Virginia) last night. The otoro and unagi were both divine, Philadeliphia rolls (though sushi purists will argue that cream cheese doesn't belong in sushi) were great as always... and a lovely unfiltered cold sake.

One "what the heck?" that I wanted to share with the board, though... Amnesia has $4 Maker's Mark Manhattans on Thursday night. They make a mean Maker's Manhattan, so we've arranaged to go down there on a Thursday for them twice now... but each time the bar was empty and there was a cover charge for a band nobody had heard of. The first time, the door person was kind enough to let us in for "just one Manhattan" given that the place was empty, but the musician came on and was so not-good that we downed them quickly and left. There was nobody in there drinking- they all looked like the band's family. In fact, one mom-ly looking woman asked us if we'd paid the cover. Now, I'm not adverse to "supporting live music" (as the musician admonished us- repeatedly and loudy- to do), but isn't the point of a drink special to draw a crowd on an otherwise slow night? In a perfect world, isn't the purpose of live music to draw a crowd, too? To my knowledge, Amnesia doesn't charge a cover any other night of the week, so why have a drink special to draw traffic on a Thursday night and then slap a cover on for something people aren't coming to see? The two marketing goals didn't seem to synch up, and, darnit, I wanted a Manhattan!

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  1. Do you mean the Argus? Amnesia doesn't have a hard liquor license as far as I know.

    I'm a big fan of Yo's too. Any idea which sake it was--maybe the Ozeki dry? There are small bottles that are supercold and larger ones that are room temperature.

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    1. re: Windy

      I do mean the Argus and I'm logging on now because I realized the embarassing error. Eek! I love Amnesia, for the record. One of the bast karaoke nights in the city on Tuesdays!

      1. re: Windy

        It was unfiltered and it was in a smallish bottle- like the smaller-size bottle that Framboise comes in that's not the larger champagne size. This was super cold and sweet and looked like a reduced-fat milk in density. It was fantastic!

      2. I will give Yo's ONE more chance. If he gives me that crap end piece of hamachi again, I am giving him a piece of my mind and never going back. It's happened I think 3 times now.