Hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday; dinner: Monday-Saturday
Downtown Japanese with sushi and home-style offerings.
Let us rejoice that places like Ginza Restaurant—housed in the divey Tokyo Hotel—live on amidst River North gentrification. A comfortably worn hole-in-the-wall, it attracts downtown workers and Japanese, the latter always a good sign. Don't look for fancy-pants maki or "fashion sushi"; instead you'll find old-school sushi and sashimi platters, reasonably priced for the neighborhood. But Ginza, in addition to predating the sushi frenzy that began in the 80s, is perhaps best known for traditional home-style Japanese dishes such as piping hot noodle soups and tonkatsu, breaded, deep-fried pork chop. Service is congenial, and you've gotta love the unpretentious, pale wood sushi bar, chefs working away behind it diligently.
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