Naked Fish: Bargain Sushi, Cheap Beer in the Marina
The hours: Mon.-Thurs., 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4:30-6 p.m.
The deals: $1.50 nigiri sushi, $2 hand rolls, $3 maki rolls, $5 sashimi/gyoza/oysters/yakitori/tempura/soft-shell crab, 25 percent off signature rolls, plus beer or sake for $3
The digs: Charming little Marina venue features a cozy sushi bar glistening with fresh seafood and an inviting counter inlaid with voluptuous seashells. The distressed grapefruit-red walls and moderne objets d'art give the place a hip yet welcoming vibe. There's also an attractive dining room out past the bar.
The verdict: Cheap beer is all well and good, but when happy hour rolls around, what we really want is a pleasing selection of nibbles to fill that pre-supper ennui. Naked Fish not only serves up succulent sushi at discount prices, it provides enough different noshing options to keep the taste buds tantalized. Viz.: twenty varieties of nigiri sushi (try the kaki oyster or the tempura tai), 14 six-piece maki rolls (the spicy salmon is very good today), and seven hand rolls (love that unagi avocado!), not to mention all those $5 snack items (pot stickers, tempura, soft-shell crab, chicken yakitori, five raw oysters, six fried oysters, ahi sashimi with avocado et al.). Fancy rolls like the Sub 1000 (escolar, tobiko, and Fuji apple drizzled with a jalapeño-cilantro vinaigrette) are 25 percent off, and as a matter of fact the beer's cheap too: $3 for a 12-oz. bottle. (You can opt for a $3 carafe of hot sake instead.)
Overall grade: A-