The Place: Japonessa, 1400 First Ave., 971-7979, DOWNTOWN
$4 spicy tuna rolls? Yes, please!
The Hours: Daily noon-8 p.m., 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Digs: Japonessa (Spanish for "Japanese girl") is a hip downtown sushi restaurant that attracts as many businessmen as it does fashionistas and turistas. Rumor has it that even pint-sized moguls Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen once made an appearance.
The Deal: But you needn't run a clothing empire to feast on Japonessa's artfully prepared plates. The double-daily happy hour here is nothing short of outrageous--happy hour stops for just one hour (!) each day, from 9 to 10 p.m. Otherwise, beer, sake, and wine cost $5 and under. Superbly executed rolls and small plates are $6.50 and under, with sides like edamame and miso soup just $1. (Be sure to order the Super Bad Boy Roll and the tempura brie cheese with raspberry soy sauce. The latter isn't remotely Japanese, but it is a deliciously indulgent treat.)
|$5 well spent: tempura brie cheese.|