Best Japanese— midscale (2008)
In Los Angeles, the most robust segment of the Japanese dining scene is the izakaya—a pub that serves snacks. Our own En Japanese Brasserie is a prime example. Thrill to the homemade bean curd served in a box, bobbing in soy milk that will astonish you with its savor, and aji sashimi—a whole fish flayed into sashimi for your enjoyment. Afterwards, the bones and leftovers are removed from the table, flash fried, then returned to be eaten—enjoy their crispy munificence. The soaring dining room, which focuses on a pond tangled round with seasonal foliage, is one of New York's strangest.