photo credit: Nina Palazzolo
Tokyo Pearl is one of those spots with entrances on both Connecticut Avenue and 18th Street, and the restaurant uses those dual doors to create two separate worlds that come together over great sushi. The back patio is a playground full of flowers, butterflies, and swing chairs where you can have an intimate laugh with a friend or a chorus of funnies with a group. Inside, there’s a bar covered in glow-in-the-dark graffiti, which turns into a full-on nightclub after 10pm. You can get the glorious chicken bao buns and sushi (including good vegetarian options) in both spots.