You came to Tokyo prepared to drop $300 per person on excellent sushi, but you forgot to make a necessary reservation at one of the many Michelin-starred sushi restaurants. No worry, Sushi Tomita is here for your last-minute needs - the new-ish spot is still relatively unknown, but it’s as good as any of the classics (just be sure to call or quietly pop your head in the door to ensure they’ll be able to see you). After walking in you’ll be escorted into a basement with a six-seat counter that’s cozy and cool. You could sit here, but if you have a party of four to six, try making a last-minute reservation in the private dining room. A secret door past the counter will lead you to a beautiful space with tatami (Japanese strawmat) floors. You can sit down at your own private countertop where the sushi chef will personally serve you all night. It’s the exact same food and price as the counter, but with a completely different, intimate experience - and it’s great to be able to talk to you friends without having to worry about annoying locals who are trying to have a quiet sushi meal.
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