Honorable Mentions: Saru Sushi ("It’s an intimate restaurant with a wide selection of Japanese fish."); Kusakabe ("We’re excited to see what their kaiseki menu is like."); Pabu ("We have some pals working there and we can’t wait to cheer them on."); and Maruya ("This traditional, Tokyo-style sushi is on our list of next eats. The chef/owner is good friends with one of our chefs, Tadashi-San, and we’re excited to eat there.").
Joe Starkey is Thrillist's San Francisco editor and maybe ate a lot of sushi while shooting photos for this. Follow him on Twitter and hit up ICHI Sushi + NI Bar. That place is seriously awesome.