rec. for good, affordable japanese?
I'm looking for a restaurant for a family dinner; good sushi would be nice but not everyone in the group likes it, so am also looking for somewhere that has other good options (soup, etc.). Not _too_ pricey so not at the very top of the list, I guess. Thanks!
We always make a beeline for New Tokyo when we're in town. It's a nice, casual spot and near Argo Tea and Intelligentsia Coffee, and a nice little bakery up B'way.
1. Exterior of store from corner of Briar & Broadway (Argo Tea).
2. Friendly staff!
3. Our friend that came with us last time had never tried sushi, so we ordered potato prawn for her... she loved it.
4. Dragon roll, spicy tuna, etc. etc. Lunch was about $30, only had tea if I recall.
A desired location - either a part of the city, or a suburban town - would help. The recommendations so far cover quite an area, including the north side, the near northwest side, and the northwest suburb of Arlington Heights. And your family probably won't want to travel a long distance for dinner.
I tried to stay somewhat central (ish) with Matsuya (north, right by Wrigley) and Butterfly (just N of the downtown-ish area.) Nsxtasy has, however, raised a very good point. There are many decent Japanese restaurants around town, might be one that is more convenient than others, and still meets your criteria
3469 N. Clark St.
Matsuya is my favorite no frills sushi bar/japanese homestyle cuisine place in the city.
Butterfly offers Sushi and Thai, and it's byob.
Surpisingly, the sushi is pretty good. No need to stick with the fashion rolls, the fish is pretty good on its own. It gets crowded with hipsters looking to be seen on the weekends.
1156 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622 312-563-5555