This tiny, nondescript joint serves up ridiculously good fish fresh from the market, creating a menu that defies its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere and makes it a gem in the Downtown area.
Sushi Gen usually gets all the Little Tokyo love, but we’re firm believers that time can play a factor in quality—and Gen takes an eternity thanks to that massive, unrelenting line outside. Hama, however, is usually a pretty quick seat, and the traditional sushi (and baked yellowtail collar!) is second to none. Just make sure you ask what’s off-menu... and then ask again. Sometimes they don’t believe you want to eat it. You do.
How to book: Walk-ins only. Call 213-680-3454 for pickup.