Top choice sushi

in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Meaning 'sky' in Japanese, Sora is a rather fitting name for this conveyor-belt sushi spot 69 stories up. It's hard to decide what's more eye-catching: the sushi – artfully garnished with flowers and smoothly gliding by under glass bell jars – or the endless views across the LA Basin from the window-side counter. Sushi bar and table service are also available.

A tasty selection of side dishes includes some unusual items such as inari sushi (tofu pouches) stuffed with soba noodles or vegetables instead of the traditional sweetened rice, and a delectable tofu cheesecake dessert with brown sugar syrup – kind of like flan in a bowl, but (maybe?) healthier.

Sora has a choice selection of Japanese sake and whiskey, though some prices are as lofty as the views. If that's an issue, head upstairs for after-dinner cocktails at Spire 73, the highest rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere.