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7.1

Izakaya Fishtown

JapaneseSushi

Fishtown

$$$$Perfect For:Big GroupsDate NightDrinks & A Light BiteEating At The BarFirst/Early in the Game DatesSmall Plates

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There’s no shortage of restaurants for ramen, premium cuts of fish, and long lists of maki rolls in Fishtown (we’re looking at you, Hiroki, Cheu, and Nunu). But when it comes to a casual spot where you can stick to the Triple H Rule–hand rolls, Happy Hour, and highballs–Izakaya by Yanaga is the place to be.

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You can expect a variety of hand rolls here, like salmon belly, shrimp, and buttery toro scallion (there’s not a bad one to be had–we checked), raw bar items like oysters and tuna tartare, and a few more filling but unremarkable options like ramen, chicken thighs, and robata.

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Happy Hour is the perfect time to drop in because, unlike most places where a handful of items get a dollar or two knocked off, it feels like the entire menu here gets the Prime Day deals treatment. The gin-based highballs can get dangerous–they’re perfectly blended, extremely refreshing, and pair with everything on the menu. We’re partial to the Seasonal (with grapefruit and sage), our favorite for an after-work hangout or pre-Fillmore festivities.  

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Food Rundown

Tuna Rice Crisp

Who doesn’t love a satisfying crunch? The tuna rice crisps are rectangles of crispy rice topped with creamy spicy tuna and serrano pickles. Each bite has just the right amount of heat and tanginess balanced out by the fish. Order it.
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Chicken Robata

This chicken skewer is about as memorable as the meal from your weird cousin’s wedding. The yakitori sauce does nothing to enhance the flavor. It’s a dish you should skip.

Shrimp Handroll

Jumbo shrimp, sticky white rice and scallion might not be the way to everyone’s heart, but it is to ours. Order a few of these refreshing handrolls for the table.

Yellowtail Handroll

This hamachi handroll, full of chunky Kizami wasabi, scallion, and nori will have you thinking about replacing your birthday cake with a handroll tower. Each bite is light, and the avocado adds the perfect richness.

Kawasaki Chicken Ramen

You would think a mix of Kawasaki-style chicken soup, tender chicken breast, and salty anchovy oil would pack your bowl with flavor. But this ramen–like many others here–is disappointingly bland.

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