Apr 25, 2024 - Food and Drink

A rooftop "disco sushi" spot with omakase opens in D.C.

A room with disco balls hanging on the ceiling and colorful lounge chairs overlooking a rooftop with views of the Capitol Building

Disco sushi time. Photo: courtesy of Sushi by Bou

Sushi by Bou, a disco-themed Japanese omakase restaurant, opens tonight atop the citizenM Hotel near L'Enfant Plaza.

Why it matters: Omakase is everywhere right now, but the NYC-based hospitality group behind Bou promises something different — more party, less stuffy.

The big picture: Omakase dining — typically at a sushi counter, with chefs handing nigiri across — isn't new. But it's exploded in the U.S. in all styles and price points, from pricey Wall Street-fueled "bromakase" experiences to tastings beyond seafood, such as Kappo DC's wagyu omakase in the Palisades.

  • Sushi by Bou is more about lively vibes at a gentler price point, popping up in niche lil' spaces (a florist shop, a mop closet) over its 19 locations in NYC, Florida, and beyond. They're in expansion mode.
A colorful 10 seat omakase bar
The omakase bar. Photo: courtesy of Sushi by Bou

Dig in: A 10-seat omakase bar serves two menus: a 12-course for $60 and a 17-course "Bou-gie" upgrade for $125 that adds five seasonal dishes (and includes a welcome sake).

  • Traditional nigiri like yellowtail and fatty tuna is joined by chef creations like marinated salmon roe or surf and turf "wagyuni."
  • Sake flights start at $45.

The vibe: '70s disco meets D.C. thanks to neon lighting, disco balls, upbeat dance tracks, and Capitol views from the big rooftop.

Sushi and nigiri
"The Big Mac" (left) and omakase. Photo: courtesy of Sushi by Bou

Between the lines: No omakase reservations? The rooftop bar serves Japanese-influenced highballs and cocktails like a Roku gin martini. There's also a small à la carte menu with handrolls, mochi ice cream, and "the famous Big Mac," a little treat luxury of wagyu, scallop, toro, and uni ($25).

  • Of course, you can always add caviar or truffles.

If you go: Sushi by Bou. Open Wednesday through Sunday at 5pm.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the new $125 cost of the 17-course "Bou-gie" upgrade

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