In America, Japan is thought of as the birthplace of sushi and the country that kind of looks like a shrimp. Learn more about the world with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $59 for a seven-course chef's tasting dinner for two, valid Sunday–Thursday (a $120 value)
- $59 for a seven-course chef's tasting dinner for two, valid Friday or Saturday (a $120 value)
Both of the above dinner options include the following per person:
- Appetizer from the kitchen
- Appetizer from the sushi bar
- Tasting-size portion of a kitchen entree
- Tasting-size portion of a sushi-bar entree
The restaurant's chef designs a different tasting menu each night, exploring Japanese flavors through miso or seafood soup, seaweed or green salad, and spring rolls or dumplings. The tasting-size entrees can be original creations or menu items such as grilled Wagyu beef or a sushi roll with lobster-tail tempura and avocado.
Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine
Chef Sam Ho has earned every word of praise his food has garnered. After working his way through the ranks of a fast-food sushi franchise, Ho decided to pursue a formal culinary education. He became an intern at the renowned Morimoto restaurant—the creation of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto—where he learned to fuse French-style cooking with Japanese cuisine, and advanced from line cook to sous chef in only a year. The combination of his lightning-quick knife skills, time-management abilities, and administrative experience allowed Chef Ho to finally realize his dream and open his own restaurant—Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine.
Ho's signature square sushi or peking-duck hand roll pairs well with selections from the sake bar, and his whimsically flavorful preparations have earned nominations for Best Sushi from CityVoter. The restaurant has also garnered a Zagat rating of 26/30 for its breadth of flavors, which diners can explore as they rest in a space rife with colorful history: the warm walnut accents and handmade leather banquettes are reminiscent of its time as a turn-of-the-century wholesale teahouse, and towering brick walls and love notes written on kites remain from the building’s origin as the house of Benjamin Franklin’s mistress. As eyes ascend toward the ceiling 40 feet overhead, they alight upon a custom-designed, three-tiered chandelier and a two-story feature wall boasting panels whose tooled leather recalls vintage wallpaper designs.