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Summer Guide: The top Japanese restaurants in and around Washington, D.C.

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Summer Guide: The top Japanese restaurants in and around Washington, D.C.

Last summer, NBC Sports Washington compiled guides that highlighted the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' Stanley Cup run and the FIFA World Cup. Earlier this summer we provided some spots around Nationals Park and Camden Yards too. 

With summer 2019 halfway over, now is the time to highlight some go-to spots for Japanese cuisine in and around the district.

Here are, in no particular order, some of the top Japanese restaurants in and around Washington, D.C.

Sushi Taro, 1503 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 

  • Dupont Circle
  • Sushi Taro has one Michelin Star and is fairly pricey (the omakase counter costs $180), but weekday happy hour features half-price sushi and drinks.
  • The "Omakase counter" features four-to-six small dishes, plus seasonal sashimi and sushi.
  • The regular menu offers both Kaiseki tastings (upwards of $100) or less-expensive a la carte sushi, both traditional and artisan.


Donburi, 2438 18th NW, Washington, DC 20009 OR 1134 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

  • Adams Morgan (includes takeout) or Dupont Circle
  • Good for a quick meal, the Japanese rice bowls are topped with protein and pickled vegetables.
  • Try the barbecue eel, salmon sashimi or fried chicken donburi.


Izakaya Seki, 1117 V St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

  • Near Howard University and U Street Music Hall
  • The menu mainly features izayaka, Japanese bar food, along with other raw and frilled fish preparations.
  • Sit at the counter downstairs to watch chef Hiroshi Seki or head to the pub and try the sashimi platter.  
  • While Izakaya Seki offers dinner only, it features dishes both adventurous and accessible. 


 Daikaya, 705 6th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

  • Between Capital One Arena and the National Building Museum
  • The ground-floor ramen shop is walk-in only, but is worth the wait.
  • Izakaya, up on the second floor, does take reservations and serves bar food, Japanese comfort food-style. 


Himitsu, 828 Upshur St, NW, Washington, DC 20011


Momo Yakitori, 2214 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018

  • Woodbridge
  • The menu features traditional Japanese yakitori, plus creative, contemporary adaptations like the Shio skewers, which are just seasoned with sea salt. 
  • Head down to the basement bar for an inventive cocktail menu, including the "Wicked Wolf" and the "Suffering Mule."


Perry's Japanese Restaurant, 1811 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 200009

  • Adams Morgan
  • Go for the picturesque rooftop bar, stay for the affordable a la carte sushi.
  • Or, head to Perry's on Sunday for Drag Queen Brunch (which has been running for over 30 years). 


Sushi Hachi, 735 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

  • Between Navy Yard and Capitol Hill
  • With a more budget-friendly omakase menu, diners can experience the seven-course meal for $52.
  • Or, try the equally affordable main menu, including sushi and selections like the "Octopus Croquette." 



Hinata Sushi, 4947 Saint Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

  • Within walking distance of the Bethesda Metro stop
  • Head to the back of the Japanese market to an affordable sushi counter with simple and satisfying nigiri.


Kobo at Sushiko, 5455 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

  • Just outside of D.C., near the Friendship Heights Metro
  • While Kobo, which serves both a vegan and non-vegan of Kappo (a seasonal prix fice meal), is no longer taking reservations, the main Sushiko restaurant is still open. 
  • If you don't want to wait for reservations to open, or don't want to pay upwards of $100, Sushiko offers a more affordable sushi menu.


Tachibana, 6715 Lowell Ave. McLean, VA 22101

  • Off of Old Dominion Drive
  • Dine in the main, open dining area for a friendly atmosphere, or head to the traditional dining area in the back for a more intimate experience. 
  • Or, sit at the long sushi bar for an authentic dining experience. 
  • Wherever you choose to dine, the menu features both sushi and non-sushi items like vegetable tempura.


Nasime Japanese Restaurant, 1209 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

  • Old Town Alexandria, near the King Street Metro
  • Try the $55 five-course tasting menu for a variety of seasonal Japanese cuisine, from raw Tsukuri dishes to fried Agemono dishes and more. 
  • There are only a couple dozen seats, so reservations are a necessity.


California Shabu Shabu, 3081 Nutley St., Fairfax VA 22031

  • Outside the Beltway in Fairfax
  • A more modern twist on the traditional hot pot, diners sit along a black counter with individual pots on electric burners. 
  • But don't worry if you're new to hot pot, the staff is there to help you through the process of choosing the broth, protein, vegetables and sauces. 



Bôn Matcha, 1928 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

  • Near George Washington University
  • A sidewalk stand, Bôn Matcha specializes in, you guessed it, all things matcha
  • Try the soft-serve matcha-honeydew swirl, or if you're unsure about matcha, sample one of the seasonal flavors.


12.9.19 Rick Horrow sits down with Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google


12.9.19 Rick Horrow sits down with Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google

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In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick sits down with  Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google.


1. It's hard to believe, but we have reached the end of yet another decade. And in the business of sport, it’s been a busy one. Here are Rick Horrow’s top 15 sport business/law trends and issues of the decade just ending. Stay tuned throughout December for his top 15 sports technology and media picks, as well as his most influential philanthropic/corporate social responsibility actions in sports, and an early look at the year and decade ahead.

2. State by state, legal sports wagering outside of Nevada sportsbooks takes hold, with massive business implications. On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting. Since the ruling, 19 states have legalized the practice, with Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Tennessee passing legislation this year. Additionally, 24 states have pending legislation. Legal sports wagering has already had a profound effect on virtually all American professional sports, casting a wider fan base net, spurring innovation in sports media and e-commerce, and birthing an entire cottage industry of related new companies. Sports teams are embracing fans who wager – Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owners of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, is only the latest ownership group to install a sportsbook in their venue. And tens of millions of tax dollars on net sports betting proceeds are adding income streams to state and community coffers. 


3. College football adds a real playoff. After years of avoiding adding yet another game to the college football season via the auspice of the Bowl Championship Series – a selection system that created five existing bowl matchups involving ten of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision’s top-ranked teams – the NCAA in the 2014-2015 season finally embraced the College Football Playoff (CFP), a bracket tournament between the top four teams in the country as determined by a selection committee, culminating in a championship game at a neutral site. While the payout for the semifinal teams is a modest $6 million, the playoff format delivers tens of millions in additional revenue to the schools, conferences, and contract and access bowl host cities – a handful of which, including New Orleans this year, get to double down on hosting duties and economic impact.


4. After 20 long years, Los Angeles gets an NFL team back in 2016. In fact, it gets two. Largely thanks to billionaire and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Los Angeles has now positioned itself to be the center of the sports universe for the next decade and likely longer. The two-decade span in which Los Angeles lacked an NFL team was brought on in part by the obsolescence of Los Angeles’s existing stadiums, the unwillingness of the NFL to add expansion teams after 2002 (when the Houston Texans premiered) or relocate any other teams, and an inability to agree on a plan to build a new stadium, despite several proposals that were vetted but never landed a team willing to relocate under the developers’ terms. Kroenke’s privately-funded SoFi Stadium opens next July with a Taylor Swift concert and will house both the Rams and the Chargers. Additionally, the $4.963 billion venue will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the CFP National Championship Game in 2023, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. L.A. is now synonymous with mega sports events.


5. Rob Manfred became the 10th Major League Baseball Commissioner during a period of labor peace and unrest in almost everything else. At the beginning of the decade, baseball was still healing from its steroid era, a span in the 1990s-2000s where home runs were plenty and performance-enhancing drug testing scarce. Former Commissioner Bud Selig was largely credited with cleaning up the sport, and in 2015 Manfred inherited a league that was in decent baseball shape but desperately trying to stay relevant to the next generation of fans. Slow play was an issue…but a pitch clock somehow made games even slower. PED bats were gone, but the balls appeared to be corked. And Manfred’s decade ends with a nasty sign-stealing scandal involving the World Series champion Houston Astros. One bright spot in baseball continues to be its vast minor league system, which ensures pro baseball is played throughout America’s smaller communities – MiLB saw attendance in 2019 surpassed 44 million fans annually. As baseball’s Winter Meetings convene next week in San Diego, MiLB President Pat O’Connor and industry experts present a solution to improved facilities that rests in three key areas: time, money, and space.

Teenager Coco Gauff to return to the Citi Open in 2020

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Teenager Coco Gauff to return to the Citi Open in 2020

Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff will return to Washington D.C.'s Citi Open in 2020. 

Gauff, who will be 16 at the time of her second appearance in D.C., broke onto the WTA Tour with a historic run at last year's Wimbledon Championships. She upset seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams en route to a Round of 16 finish in her major main draw debut. 

Last year, Gauff made the trip to the nation's capital a month after her phenomenal run. However, due to her low ranking and her primary source of ranking points coming from Wimbledon, she had to play in the qualifying tournament just to make the main draw of the Citi Open. She would end up losing in the First Round of the singles draw but win her first WTA title with fellow American teenager Caty McNally in doubles

That will not be the case for the Florida native this upcoming year. Gauff won her first WTA singles crown at the Linz Open in Austria and became the youngest player ranked in the top 100 at 15 years of age. She wrapped up her 2019 campaign ranked No. 68 in the world. 

Coco Mania in D.C. helped contribute to one of the best Citi Opens ever. The tournament set several new attendance records in 2019 and sold out seven of the 11 sessions. An empty seat could not be found in any of Gauff's qualifying or main draw matches.

“Seeing the energy and excitement that Coco brought to our Citi Open fans and community last summer was one of the highlights of the tournament, so we are thrilled to welcome her back in 2020,” the manager of the Citi Open Mark Ein said in a release.

Gauff will be defending her doubles title, in addition to playing singles, and hopes to do so with McNally again. 

The 2020 Citi Open will be Aug. 1-9, where they will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the women's draw at the event.