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Chef Naoki Shares His Knives

Every master has a story behind how they crafted their art and Chef Naoki is no exception. His culinary career started at the age of 16 in a Fukuoka noodle shop, followed by a busy […]

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How To Choose The Freshest Fish For Sushi, By Chef Naoki

Chef Naoki butchering bluefin tuna

Chef Naoki has fond memories of his first job at a Japanese fish market.  We asked him to share some of his tips and tricks when selecting the very freshest fish for your home. First […]

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Host Your Next Special Event at Naoki

sushi roll on white plate on table

If you’re looking to host a unique private dinner or corporate event in Chicago, Lettuce Entertain You’s Naoki Sushi is the perfect spot. Nestled inside the historic Belden-Stratford building in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Naoki […]

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Have you tried true Wasabi?

fresh grated wasabi on shark skin paddle

Chef Naoki is passionate about quality. Each ingredient is meticulously sought out, prepared and plated to showcase a blend of Japanese tradition and modern flair. One example of Chef Naoki’s appreciation of the fine details […]

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Explore Chef Naoki’s Uni

Japanese Uni Nigiri

Uni, the edible part of Sea Urchin, is a Japanese delicacy that people either love – or, just don’t.  The intense salt-of the-sea flavor, coupled with the creamy texture is a favorite of many, especially […]

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Sushi Sundays at Naoki

Naoki is now open Sundays!  Join us for dinner, starting at 5pm and nosh on what many consider the best sushi in Chicago.  Or, choose to stay tucked in at home and order sushi delivery HERE.  […]

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A Sake Dinner with Chef Naoki

Sake Dinner with Chef Naoki Thursday, May 18th, 5:30PM – Reservations taken throughout evening. On May 18th, join us at Naoki for a very special five course Japanese dinner, curated by Chef Naoki and paired […]

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Visiting Chef Osaka Hosts a Kaiseki Dinner.

  Chef Hisanobu Osaka will host a sumptuous Kaiseki dinner at Lincoln Park’s acclaimed Naoki on Thursday, March 23rd. Prior to coming to Lettuce Entertain You, Chef Osaka was a protege of both Iron Chef […]

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The Best Restaurants in Chicago 2016

Naoki has garnered a ton of press in it’s first year open and finished 2016 on SIX Best Restaurant lists.  We are so thrilled & honored to be included with these other amazing restaurants. Chicago Magazine […]

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Naoki – A Great Sushi Chef

chef naoki preparing sushi rice in a large bamboo cast bowl

“Two marks of a great sushi chef are the quality of their rice and the texture of their tamago or omelet. Nakashima’s rice—whether it’s underpinning nigiri or coating the walls of a maki roll—features distinct […]

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