Nakama Serving Steak, Sushi, and Showmanship; Caladdagh a Fun Spot for Irish Beer, Intl. Fare, and Trivia (Wed., 5/2/18)

1) Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Pittsburgh, having amassed more than two dozen “Best of” awards from local publications and nearly 50 people’s choice awards—all since they opened their doors in 2003. The hibachi restaurant owes the accolades to its unique combination of high-quality ingredients, memorable flavors, and the impeccable showmanship of the chefs. Each has his or her own repertoire of tricks, so the experience is different every time. The grills seat up to 12, so you can go with a group or go it alone and make new friends. The front half of the restaurant is a great hangout spot with a full-service bar, TV screens tuned to the night’s sports action, and a sushi bar that can make you any of several dozen traditional or house specialty rolls. 1611 E. Carson St., South Side. There is also a Nakama in the North Hills. (CM)

2) Nestled next to the South Side Works multiplex, Claddagh is an Irish-themed pub and restaurant. Besides the expected Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s, the draft list rotates a bevy of local, national, and international beers plus wines and spirits. The food is solid, too, with Irish fare such as beef stew, shepherd’s pie, fish ‘n chips; and worldly cuisine such as fish tacos and the chicken & brie wrap. Events have included live music, some of it Irish, some of it pop. 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday is trivia night through Pittsburgh Bar Trivia with gift cards going to the teams that place. Every month is a different trivia theme. Past themes were Harry Potter, Disney, “Friends,” and “Game of Thrones.” None other than EC contributor Christopher Maggio hosts. Claddagh is perhaps best known as one of the top spots in the city to watch rugby matches. 407 Cinema Dr., South Side. (EC)