When she's not authoring her own cookbook, Chef Isabel Cruz busies herself by merging the Latin flavors of her heritage with Asian inspiration garnered from growing up in Los Angeles. Dinners begin with starters such as crispy shoestring plantains accompanied by chipotle cream ($7) before guests graduate to entrees, including the signature Buddha bowl, a pool of lemongrass, miso, and coconut milk filled with shiitaki mushrooms, veggies, noodles, and cilantro ($12 for dinner; $9.75 for lunch). Chefs marinate the sirloin steak before trimming it, like a caterer's Christmas tree, with shoestring plantains, steamed greens, and cilantro lime sauce ($20).
Whether you’re in the mood for Japanese specialties or Korean barbecue, Aria Sushi & BBQ offers flavors from both regions on its expansive menu. Taste soft tofu soup, spicy ramen noodles, bulgogi, bibimbap and other Korean specialties. Alternatively, Aria’s chefs can create specialty rolls for a tempting sushi dinner. Fresh rolls range from the Sumo, in which tuna and spicy crab are draped with white tuna, to the Spider Rainbow, whose soft-shell crab and four-fish blend refract into 56 shades of light.
From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Bacon-wrapped Asparagus - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Wasabi Crunchy Shrimp, and Ahi Tuna Poke. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, ahi tuna, or chicken with chili mayo until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.