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Trump’s Washington Hotel Has Great Sushi. So Why Was It Empty?

The Trump crowd’s taste in cuisine may differ from its taste in rhetoric.

Come not for the crowds but for the sushi.

Come not for the crowds but for the sushi.

Photographer: Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images North America

Washington’s Sushi Nakazawa restaurant has received rave reviews, as one might expect from the creation of sushi master Daisuke Nakazawa. But in the nation’s capital it’s known as much for its location: inside the Trump International Hotel. In any case, I felt I had to explore both the food and the sociological experience.

When I arrived, on a recent Wednesday evening, the restaurant’s most striking feature was its emptiness. I sat at my table from 5 to 6:45 p.m., and not a single other diner entered. I enjoyed some of the best service of my life, with plenty of peace and quiet to contemplate President Donald Trump’s unpopularity in the District, where he received only 4 percent of the vote in 2016.