Shibumi

815 S. Hill St.
Downtown, CA
213-265-7923
Critics' Pick
Shibumi

Anne Fishbein Silky Egg Tofu, Uni, Fresh Nori & Wasabi

From a distance, Shibumi looks a little like the fanciest dive bar in America. The new downtown restaurant is not a dive bar at all — quite the opposite — but the long, shadowy room shares some DNA with a number of Lower East Side establishments from years gone by. The restaurant’s moody darkness, as well as its soundtrack, which chronicles the place where garage rock began to veer into art-house and punk, reminds me of punk bars and underground sake spots and weird little nooks you have to know about to find and appreciate. Read our full article.

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