Sushi in the touristy part of town...
So here's my request:
I'm a New Yorker who's frequently visting Chicago nowadays because my girlfriend is working in South Bend.. she (and I) love sushi, but South Bend is far from a sushi mecca.
We almost always end up staying at/near N. Michigan Avenue. I know, its desperately uncool, but 'dems the breaks.
What I'm looking for is a very good sushi restaurant thats within a reasonable distance of that area...doesn't have to be walking distance per se, but not a schlep, either.
I don't mind if its pricey, but I'd rather not have it be obscene. I also don't really care about the "scene"; in fact, I prefer a more sedate place over a TimeOut-certified hotspot. If you know New York City sushi, my favorite sushi-joints are Sushi-zen and Sushi Yasuda, and I dislike the Sushi of Gari and other de facto omakse-only places.
So does anyone have any suggestions? I know that there are many threads regarding Chicago sushi, but I'm looking for a very specific style of place, and I'm hoping someone reads this, gets the jist of what I'm looking for, and can throw me a recommendation.
I agree with Kamehachi. Oysy is also always very good. The original is on South Michigan Avenue (around 900 South), and there's a new one closer to you -- I think it's on Grand but you can look it up.
Naniwa also delivers in the area. Sometimes it is nice to have great sushi without leaving the room (or home).
For quality sushi within walking distance of Michigan Ave. I would go for Kamahachi.
If you don't mind taking a cab, then Japonais is outstanding. If you are not familiar with the area, make sure to take a cab and not wander around outside there. The block that Japonais is on is nice, but parts of Cabrini Green are within a block or two. That has never prevented me from going there though. Japonais is definitely a scene, but the food is worth it.