If you want yakitori in the East Bay, go to Ippuku as soon as it opens at 5pm and order as many of the Japanese grilled skewers as you can. The space is small and casual, and you might smell like smoke for a few days after eating here, but the food is great. You can play things safe and get fried chicken, but you should order some of the more interesting skewers, too - like chicken cartilage or bacon mochi. Take your closest friends and spend three hours drinking sake and trying foods you didn’t even know you could get in Berkeley.
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La Mission is a small, festive restaurant in Berkeley that does comforting Mexican food in big portions.
Vik’s Chaat Corner
Vik’s Chaat does authentic Indian street food in a converted West Berkeley warehouse. You should be putting it in your lunch rotation.
Gypsy’s Trattoria Italiana
Gypsy’s Trattoria Italiana serves good and cheap Italian food right next to Berkeley’s campus.
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Sunday at the Museum
Sunday At The Museum is inside the Asian Art Museum, but it's worth a trip on its own.
Head to Elephant Sushi in Lower Nob Hill for great small plates and sushi near Union Square.
Stonemill Matcha in the Mission serves a wide array of matcha drinks and baked goods as well as some larger plates.
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Onsen is a Japanese restaurant attached to a communal bathhouse in the Tenderloin. And it’s definitely better than it sounds.
A fairly corporate Financial District Japanese spot that's perfectly suited to dinner with your boss.
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