12/19/2012 02:33:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Sakuramasu at Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya

If you know your Katsu-ya from your Katsuya, you know the hyphen makes a difference. We haven't been in any of the Katsu-yas, hyphenated or not, for quiet some time, but found ourselves on West Third Street last night craving sushi. Somehow we hit a double whammy at Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya - free street parking and got a table in the jam-packed space as soon as we walked in - so it was meant to happen. We had some snacks, the lotus root in soy broth, cucumber sunonomo, and the delicious baked crab hand roll that you have to get no matter which of Katsuya Uechi's spots you visit.

For sushi, while we'd prefer to sit at the bar and get the pieces individually handed to us, we loved the pretty arrangement of nigiri that came to the table. It was all fresh, dotted with wasabi or yuzu or sea salt, but our favorite was definitely the deep orange sakuramasu, or ocean trout. Silky, topped with a thin strip of kelp for a touch of brininess, it was just so good, so perfect. Go team hyphen.

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