I've tried most of Lexington's sushi spots, and Sugano still ranks number one in my book. Some would call it a 'hole in the wall' or a 'dive', and it's kind of both. It's located in a strip mall in an area where some people I know probably wouldn't get out of their car, but that's their problem. I love this place and would go every other day if I could. I love the atmosphere. Simple, to the point, no razzle dazzle. No need. The food speaks for itself, and it speaks to me. The sushi and sashimi are particularly delicious - unlike any other in town - and other items I've tried have always been delicious, too.
It's not a romantic atmosphere per se, but I still find it to be a great date night spot. There's a nice vibe when you go in, like walking out of Lexington and into Japan, into a discovered spot on the Travel Channel - you know, where the host says to get there now because after the show airs it will be hard to get into. Still, it seems Sugano remains undiscovered enough to have the perfect amount of patronage - you can still easily be seated on a weekend night but have no concern about the future of the place.
It's a small spot and never too loud, so I don't think I would go with more than three people.The staff is nice enough, not super friendly, but I don't need to be pampered here. I just need the chef to keep doing what he's doing and I'll be forever happy.