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Best Izakaya/Second-Tier Resto from a Michelin-Starred Chef 

Okane

Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane — legit Japanese fare for epicures of the 99 percent. The offerings are exquisite (with certain ingredients flown in from Tokyo), but Okane exhibits the style of a true izakaya, which is more of a gastropub than a shrine of fine dining. The casual chic eatery provides izakaya and sushi options with an emphasis on traditional dishes, such as wakadori chicken karaage and stewed hijiki seaweed. Okane's menu consists of skewers and small plates, which are labeled as "ippin" and broken into categories of vegetable, fish, meat, and rice and noodles. A designated drinking space, this izakaya boasts a selection of specialty sakes and a rotating menu of unique wines.

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