Umi Sake House is stylish—a combination of the uber-modern sterility of the Bada Lounge, which used to occupy the space, and the wood of a Japanese teahouse. Dozens of different kinds of sake are served, but with no details about provenance or nuance, no clues about where to start or how to proceed, and the busy servers don't offer much help. The vast pan-Asian menu offers a long list of specialty sushi rolls that rely heavily on frying, mayonnaise/aioli/cream cheese, and teriyaki sauce (often in lethal-sounding combination). Fried, creamy, and sweet prevail among izakaya small plates as well. Some like it, some don't.
Umi Sake House
2230 First Ave,
Hours: Daily 4 pm-2 am.
Bar/Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Late-Night Dining
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
Daily 4-8 pm ([only until 6 pm in dining room] $4.50 beer, $5 wells, $6–$7 wine and sake, $5–$11 food specials); Mon-Thu, Sun 10:30 pm-close ($4.50 beer, $5 wells, $6–$7 wine and sake, $5–$11 food specials).