Little Tokyo Recs, please!
Going to the LA Artwalk tonight, and want to grab a late dinner (9:30ish) afterwards. Would love to try something in Little Tokyo. Should be fun, festive, have booze and not kick us out at 10pm. Thanks!!!
Two of my favorites in Little Toyko are Hama Sushi and Izayoi. Hama is a straight-up sushi joint with no frills but fab, fresh fish. A sign as you walk in warns, "Please Read. Please. Only Sushi, Sashimi. No Tempura. No Teriyaki. No Noodles. No Rice Alone."
Izayoi is an izakaya (Japanese tapas, basically) and has a wide variety of items, including a flaky, flavorful yellowtail collar and tasty fried shrimp. This is more pub like and possibly raucous, while Hama is a bit more subdued, but less so if you buy the sushi chef a Bud. Both have beer and saki.
347 E. 2nd St
132 S. Central Ave
I am really down on Hama Sushi. For just slightly more money, Sushi Gen is right across the street and the sushi is a LOT better. Everything is fresher and the service is more friendly. Since I discovered Gen, I have not been back to Hama. I would rather go to Oomasa (on the other side of the pedestrian mall near 1st Street) than Hama at this point, but again, with Gen right there, I wouldn't bother with either. Sushi Gen is, in my humble opinion, the best bang-for-your-buck sushi joint in town. Freshness-wise it is on par with anything I have ever had, and the prices are excellent. The crowds can look daunting, but I have rarely waited for more than 15 minutes, even on a Friday night.
That being said, I am not sure that Gen is going to work for your late evening. I am pretty sure they start shutting down at 10.