In our calorie- and carbohydrate-conscious society, sushi has become one of the miracle cuisines: both low calorie and high chic. And it has a special cold-food attraction this time of year, whether for lunch in the square or a romantic dinner al fresco.

So stick to your diet and look sophisticated at the same time -- carry out from your favorite sushi bar. Chopsticks and soy sauce are always included, but sushi is perfectly polite finger food. Here are some of the places where you can snare it:

The Ginza Restaurant, 1009 21st St. NW, 833-1244. Open 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday. American Express, MasterCard, Visa .

Japan Inn, 1715 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 337-3400. Open noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. American Express, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club, MasterCard, Visa.

Katsui Restaurant, 2555 M St. NW, 429-0826. Open 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. American Express, MasterCard, Visa.

Mikado Restaurant, 4707 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 244-1740. Open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. American Express, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club, MasterCard, Visa.

Miyako Restaurant, 1524 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 337-2276. Open noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday; 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. American Express, Carte Blanche, Choice, Diner's Club, MasterCard, Visa

Shiroya Restaurant, 2423 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 659-9449. Open seven days, noon to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. American Express, Choice, Diner's Club, MasterCard, Visa.

Sushi Express, 1906 K St. NW, 659-1955. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cash only.

Sushi-Ko, 2309 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 333-4187. Open noon to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Visa.

Takesushi Restaurant, 1010 20th St. NW, 466-3798. Open noon to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. American Express, Carte Blanche, Choice, Diner's Club, MasterCard, Visa.

Tokyo Sukiyaki Restaurant, 1736 Connecticut Ave. NW, 462-7891. Open 11:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. American Express, Choice, Diner's Club, MasterCard, Visa.

Yosaku Restaurant, 4712 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 363-4453. Open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday. American Express, MasterCard, Visa.