I will be visiting from Chicago for two nights in April with my wife. We both love Indian food and sushi, and have thought of making those two of our lunches or dinners there. I've explored this board in depth, and find the most valuable postings to be those in which passionate fans of particular places tout their favorite places and dishes there. I'd love you hounds' thoughts about where you'd go to eat these two cuisines. We can get great Indian here in Chicago, and pretty darn good sushi. While we don't want to endanger ourselves by venturing into inevitably crime-ridden areas, and don't want a place with vermin or dirty tables or floors, we're otherwise open to seeking out someplace that isn't fancy if it's a "find," with notably excellent food.
On Indian, my explorations here and elsewhere tell me that Gaylord has the best view and decor, but the food is nothing to write home about. Indian Oven at Fillmore & Haight gets some positive notices, except for the noise. Zagat likes but doesn't love Maharani for its very hot curries and romantic surroundings. But beyond that I don't see much.
On sushi, I see raves over Maki and Takara in Japantown, even as others say the best sushi in town is found outside Japantown. We definitely want to avoid anyplace like Ace Wasabi's or that ilk. Kabuto sounds very tempting, Kyo-ya sounds excellent but too pricey, and Ozumo and Sakana sound like possibilities.
Thanks in advance for your tips, thoughts, warnings, and advice.