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Need help with a Chicago sushi pick....

....I'm planning a dinner for friends in Chicago and looking for help on best sushi for a group of four to six. When we lived in Chicago we loved Kamehachi and Sushi Wabi. Based upon reading the posts - Mirai, Rise and Coast sound really good as well. Any thoughts on differences - we are pretty much all about the fish.

I think Mirai consistently seemed to rank near #1. My only issue with that was I felt it was a little sceney when we used to eat there (I lived in Chicago about seven years ago). We're in our 40s so we're not exactly the geritol set but don't want to feel like senior citizens at a nightclub of 20somethings as well. Thanks

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  1. Honestly don't get the love affair with Mirai. It's good, but not a standout.

    1. If you're in it for the fish, go with Mirai (I've always felt that the downstairs is way less of a scene than the upper level). Rise is pretty unimpressive (same owners as Shine, same mediocre quality fish). Haven't been to Coast.

      If you can trek a bit (probably need a car), Katsu is also excellent.

      Katsu
      2649 W Peterson Ave
      (773) 784-3383

      1. Sushi Wabi is still right up there, despite all these years being one of the pioneers on the Randolph row. Try Oysy. It is definitely less scenester than Mirai or Sushi Wabi. 2 locations, one on South Michigan close to the Blackstone, another on North Bridge by Nordstrom. The food is very solid, and they also have excellent izagaya items (hot tapas for lack of a better translation).

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        1. re: ms. chow

          Question on Oysy....do they have one or multiple locations? I see notes on the web about Oakbrook and River North, but website only seems to show South Loop. It looks interesting (concerned about the "chain" thing if there are multiple locations). I found out our friends we're having dinner with live in West Loop so likely thinking Sushi Wabi or Oysy for convenience.

          1. re: teejaymoore

            There's 2 in the city. The original is at 888 S Michigan Ave. The other one is at 50 E Grand Ave.

        2. I heard that Mirai was recently named one of the top ten sushi places in the country. I can't give you a personal opinion, as I'm not a sushi eater.

          In case it helps, there are lots more opinions at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/362763

          1. These would be my top recommendations:
            Coast on Damen in Bucktown -- lots of 20- and 30-somethings, reasonable prices and good rolls BYO
            Hachi's Kitchen on California in Logan Square (surprised no one else has mentioned it) Don't miss the Ahi Poke and the Tako Sansai.
            Mirai
            Sushi Wabi

            Kamehachi is good, basic, fresh sushi, but not in my mind a standout.
            I haven't tried Oysy, but I've heard good things.

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            1. re: chicgail

              FWIW: I like Hachi and Mirai way better than Coast...but a lot of people love Coast. Bob San is good, too.

              Kaze Sushi is mentioned on nsxtasy's link. It definitely is interesting and unique. The chef makes different toppings for the sushi. It's not for purists, but it's something nobody else seems to be doing.

              http://www.kazesushi.com/menu.html