Shinjuku Japanese Restaurant
Kushigin was completely full tonight (wow!), so I swung over to Shinjuku (22 Cavenaugh Road, 6734-8436), which I think is actually related to Kushigin somehow (?). Anyway, I got my usual izakaya fare, all of which proved to be decent, including the maguro natto, asupara maki, and tanuki udon. A couple standouts that I grabbed included the chopped raw horse mackerel aji tataki, which was nice and refreshing, as well as the shiitake bataa, which, although a bit salty, was still tasty (hey - it's basically butter, garlic, and mushrooms).
What really sealed the meal for me was the gyu tataki. Although the seared beef was still a bit frozen in the center, it featured a triple dragon-breath (but oh so tasty) punch of raw garlic, onions, and scallion condiments. I'll keep this place in mind as a good dependable standby.