Archaeologists theorize that many of the Asian countries used to be one supercontinent, citing discoveries of sushi fossils in Vietnam and schools of migratory pandas swimming off the coast of Japan. Get a taste of a pan-Asian Pangaea with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and pan-Asian cuisine at Usagi Ya in Wicker Park.
Hip amoebic ceiling lamps softly illuminate dark-chocolate wood and comic-inspired wall art at Usagi Ya, where chefs forge traditional and innovative pan-Asian fare. Spicy chili sauce and wakame seaweed ornament thin slices of rare beef in the beef tataki ($12), opening edible excursions into the more than 60 sushi, sashimi, and maki selections.
Linger over familiar choices such as the smoked salmon and cream cheese of the Philly roll ($7), or fly full throttle into the innovative tuna kamikaze, in which a temperate topping of spicy tuna and red tobiko keeps bellicose soft-shell crab, avocado, and cucumber from sass-mouthing diners ($16). Seven small spheres of snow-white rice are draped in white tuna, white-truffle sauce, and scallions in the snowball roll ($14).
A number of unrolled entrees entice tastes for heartier helpings, such as the Vietnamese lemongrass-lime sauce atop the boneless lemongrass chicken ($16), and the sweet-and-spicy sautéed mango shrimp ($20). An array of hot teas, fresh juices, and soft drinks complement cuisine choices, and the restaurant caters to late-night sushi cravings and seafood-based somnambulism by serving its succulent fare until at least 11 p.m. nightly.
- The vibe is hip enough for all the hipsters, the service is warm enough for the suburbanites, the sake and wine list sophisticated enough for the lushes, and the food progressive enough for even the biggest sushi snob. – Cheeky Eats
- It's the kind of place you'll want to take friends to, whether they're your Division Street neighbors or in town from rural Kentucky. – Kate Schwartz, Centerstage Chicago
In Usagi Ya Sushi and Pan Asian's softly lit lounge— featured as a favorite in StyleChicago for both its "funky, urban flair," and "surprisingly serene" ambiance, as well as recommended on the 2013 Michelin Guide—chefs spice an artfully plated menu with flavors culled from throughout the Pacific Rim. Fresh Japanese cuisine predominates, with more than 60 sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls waiting to tempt palates or adorn avant-garde headwear. Inside Usagi Ya's astral dining room, a glowing wall of glass shelves rises behind a long, umber sushi bar. Two rows of glossy black tables line the opposite side, where candles illuminate white-and-gold banquettes and an undulating, sage-colored wall panel.
1178 N Milwaukee Avenue
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