Izakaya Seki is authentic Japanese grub that goes way beyond sushi and sashimi. In this two story eatery, you can watch the chef prepare dishes like beef tongue with yuzu miso and serve it right to you at the bar or head to the upstairs and sample all of the 25 sakes.
Blink and you might miss Izakaya Seki—it's tucked away off U Street on a quiet block among residential rowhomes but inside, the dining space stands in stark contrast to the traditional DC edifice. The two-story minimalist space offers a menu of small plates, noodle dishes, a la carte sushi, and affordable omakase starting at less than $20 for three pieces to supplement your meal and climbing to $48 for a 10-piece experience. Before heading out, be sure to check Instagram for the daily hand-drawn menu of options available that night.