Jonathan Tam

Macku, Chicago

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Even with its flurry of creative touches, the sushi at the intimate Macku is all about pristine fish. Chef-owner Macku Chan and his brother Kaze, along with his cousin Hari, have been elevating the level of Japanese cuisine and dining—there are white tablecloths—in the Windy City for years. Here, the food is beautifully presented, as evidenced in everything from sashimi plates (sea bream can be dressed in simple vinaigrettes with sprinkles of pine nuts) to layered bites of nigiri (yellowtail atop a sautéed banana pepper). There is more than sushi on the menu, but sticking to fish is the best way to go.

2239 North Clybourn Ave.; (773) 880-8012; mackusushi.com

Best Sushi Restaurants in the U.S.

Macku, Chicago

Even with its flurry of creative touches, the sushi at the intimate Macku is all about pristine fish. Chef-owner Macku Chan and his brother Kaze, along with his cousin Hari, have been elevating the level of Japanese cuisine and dining—there are white tablecloths—in the Windy City for years. Here, the food is beautifully presented, as evidenced in everything from sashimi plates (sea bream can be dressed in simple vinaigrettes with sprinkles of pine nuts) to layered bites of nigiri (yellowtail atop a sautéed banana pepper). There is more than sushi on the menu, but sticking to fish is the best way to go.

2239 North Clybourn Ave.; (773) 880-8012; mackusushi.com

Jonathan Tam

Best Sushi Restaurants in the U.S.

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