By Lauren Sloss
By Lauren Sloss—Few neighborhood restaurants were as universally loved as ICHI Sushi, which closed permanently in June 2020. Fortunately, local sushi star chef Eric Aplin has taken over the pocket-sized space and reopened it as a new destination for approachable, thoughtful omakase. Chef Aplin, who, in addition to spending time behind the sushi bar at ICHI, has worked at lauded establishments including Akiko’s and Robin, and is bringing a playful, American-Japanese aesthetic to the menu. Currently, there are three omakase options available, one of which is entirely vegetarian. Dishes include traditional preparations, alongside a Dungeness Crab Louie made with little gems and topped with miso-cured egg yolk, a BLTA hand roll, and an Udon Uni Carbonara.