New sushi restaurant opens near White House

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Chef Yoshihisa "Yoshi" Ota will make custom dishes at Sushi Gakyu, now open at 1420 New York Ave. NW. (photo by Duane Heaton)

Sushi Gakyu debuted its 1420 New York Ave. NW restaurant with a VIP opening last week.

Chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota has more than three decades of experience in the U.S. and Japan, including at Bethesda’s Yuzu Japanese Dining. (photo by Duane Heaton)

Now open to the public, the new eatery offers upscale traditional and modern sushi, sashimi and other Japanese fish dishes. It’s helmed by Chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota, who is best known locally for Yuzu Japanese Dining in Bethesda and has more than three decades of sushi experience in both the U.S. and Japan.

At Sushi Gakyu, the chef will also make custom dishes for guests at the Edomae Ginza-style table. The restaurant can seat about 67 guests inside, with another 24 seats outside.