Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

By Dennis Lee

Union Sushi + Barbecue Bar glides playfully between Japanese culinary sensibility and American flavors. Check out the “Buffalo” duck wing, a tender piece of duck tossed in sweet chile butter sauce, served with a citrus-lined yuzu blue cheese dressing. When’s the last time you saw pigtail on a menu, combined with delightfully chewy house-made ramen noodles in a salty, sweet, and savory broth? And you absolutely cannot ignore the barbecue bar—items like kangaroo and alligator sit on the menu next to each other, for roasting on an open-flame robata grill, which serves as more than just a beautiful centerpiece. The sushi is a main contender—order it with black rice and you won’t be disappointed by its al dente texture and sweet and savory flavor, boosting rolls like the Hokkaido and classic spicy tuna into new territory. Don’t miss your chance to pair it all with anything from the rare sake menu, which is nothing short of eye-opening.

the crowd

Mid-twenties to mid-thirties.

... on the side

mixmaster Pete
Not only does beverage director Peter Kim sling sharp seasonal cocktails, he curates a rare sake program and procures hard to obtain Japanese whiskeys and beer. He also sources cinchona bark to make his very own homemade tonic water, something I’ve never tried—until now.

ducks in a row
Union Sushi + Barbecue Bar once hosted an eating competition in which contestants had to eat as many “Buffalo” duck wings as possible (which was eight, by the way)—and they’re planning another one next year.



lunch: Mon– Fri 11:30 AM–2 PM
dinner: Mon–Fri 5 PM–10:30 PM; Fri–Sat 5 PM–midnight; Sun 5 PM–9 PM