Though Fushimi Modern Japanese Cuisine & Lounge boasts contemporary decor aesthetics and fusion flavor flourishes, its sushi is deeply rooted in tradition. Chefs may reinterpret the presentation of their Japanese staples?such as the tuna sashimi, which they set on broad leaves next to bean-sprout-entangled roe?but they still ring true to traditional flavors. By contrast, cooked fusion entrees tend to incorporate the unconventional, from truffle teriyaki sauce to pineapple-lemon jam. ViaMichelin described the menu as ?flashy, but well-made and very fresh;? likewise, New York Magazine chose the restaurant as a Critic?s Pick for its ?innovative Japanese cuisine in a plush setting.?
The decor also melds old and new. The neon-lit Williamsburg location has a sleeker feel, its booths nestled in large circular openings that recall subway tunnels or the oversized portals of Paul Bunyan's mythical submarine. In Bay Ridge, the stateliness of traditional chandeliers contrasts with the bold colors of wall-sized photographs.
Since he was a child in the Ukraine, chef Dmitry Rodov has appreciated the art of cooking. Like his pastry-chef father, he spent some time as a limousine driver once he reached the United States, but as soon as he’d saved up enough money, Dmitry returned to his true passion.
As a classically trained chef, Dmitry has great respect for French cooking methods, and he fuses French traditions with Japanese, Russian, and Mediterranean techniques. The result: Riviera Grill & Sushi Restaurant, where the menu’s foie gras feels just as at home as plates of raw oysters, Kobe mini sliders still hot from the shrink ray, and signature sushi rolls dreamt up by Dmitry himself. If the restaurant’s one-of-a-kind cultural fusion doesn’t say enough about its gourmet take on global favorites, a quick perusal of its online gallery proves Riviera’s uniqueness with colorful, sculptural arrangements of food.
Equally versed in the cuisines of China and Japan, the chefs at China Tokyo Restaurant stir-fry aromatic platefuls of diced vegetables and tender meats as well as deftly assemble orders of fresh sushi. Incorporating either white or brown rice, they forge Chinese entrees by sautéing handfuls of ingredients—including bok choy, roasted pork, and bamboo—beneath a number of sweet, savory, and fiery sauces. In addition to bundling traditional sushi rolls, the chefs can inject a modern twist by layering arugula, sliced strawberries, or red-curry mayonnaise alongside the delicately sliced seafood.
Cylindrical pendant lights dangle from the dining room's ceilings and cast a gentle glow across the dark floors and walls of exposed brick. Against one of these walls, a line of high-backed booths seats guests beneath a display of ceramic vases whose blue designs are actually the fingerprints of baby smurfs.
The soft glow of pendant lamps illuminates exposed-brick walls and rustic wood tables inside Kushibar, where diners share tapas and clink glasses of sake. Named for kushiyaki, the Japanese word for skewers, Kushibar specializes in grilled lineups of beef short ribs, quail, and other sumptuous meats and veggies. Chefs fortify these skewers with small plates doused in rich sauces, from the pan-fried scallops' buttery dressing to the sautéed mussels' spicy wasabi, which delivers a kick as zesty as a spice rack strapped to a chorus line. From behind two different bars, chefs roll together eel, cucumber, and caviar, and slice fresh sashimi while servers pour pints of imported beer and hot and cold sake. Patrons can sip their libations from the vantage point of a bright red bar stool, or tote drinks to the basement for karaoke sessions or private parties.
This is truly an experience you will not forget. Located in, arguably, the trendiest area of the United States, Bozu provides an extremely stylish and intimate setting in which to enjoy and explore tradition Japanese cuisine. Served in tapas-style, Bozu ensures that you have the opportunity to taste everything. The plates are beautifully arranged with sushi, tofu salad, kinpira (thin sliced lotus root with sesame oil), grilled Chilean sea bass, marinated scallop sashimi, and more. The preparation is elegant and precise. Along with the food, taste some of their sake, wine, beer, and signature cocktails, which are sure to round out a lovely evening out in an unforgettable setting!
The best word to describe the Shobu Sushi and Grill philosophy is "fresh is best." Serving up dishes made of nothing but the freshest and finest ingredients, Shobu is Brooklyn's go-to place to get a bite of sushi and Japanese fare for a price that won't put a dent in your wallet. If you love sushi, try one of the specialty rolls, such as the "naughty girl" roll, made with spicy salmon and roasted onion and topped with peppery salmon and avocado. For a hot meal, try the chicken katsu or the Tokyo shrimp—each is served with rice and miso soup or a salad, so you can come with an appetite and leave with a satisfied smile when you eat at Shobu.