Exotic fish waggle their fins at passersby from their aquarium at Fugu's Sushi & Wok, daring visitors to experience the ocean with all five senses. Yellow lights bathe dark wood tables in warmth as guests dive into fresh sushi, sashimi, and other cool treats. From behind the sushi bar, a skilled chef rolls and chops 60 types of maki and nigiri, including yellowtail hand rolls and two-piece bites of squid and octopus. Specialty rolls arrive accented by ingredients such as avocado, chili sauce, and white or brown rice and radiate more color than a rainbow trapped in a gumball machine. Warm Chinese entrees such as walnut shrimp and cashew chicken brim with earthy flavors, which pair nicely with the restaurant's selection of sakes and crisp white wines.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $69.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($159.95+) or Versace ($219.95+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision and while prices and availability may vary by location, they usually start at around $80 (for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($120) are lightweight heavyweights.
Eyes Nouveau founder and president Dr. Ron Davidson, O.D. helms a squad of eye specialists armed with advanced technology and a wide selection of frames. With computerized instruments, the professionals peer deep into internal structures, then inspect the exterior of the eye for obstructions, such as still-affixed lens caps. The team also assists guests as they pair lenses with frames from such designers as Oliver Peoples, Tiffany, Bebe, and Ray-Ban.
Eyeworks's expansive selection of fetching frames and vision-correcting lenses focuses malfunctioning ocular orbs with aplomb. Frames from such brands as Tiffany ($99), Dolce & Gabbana ($199), and Tommy Hilfiger ($189) come in a plethora of shapes and sizes to complement patrons' differing styles and number of noses. Capri’s Flexure children's frames ($200) comfortably fit youthful faces, and luxury frames from the likes of Prada ($399) accessorize faces with opulent design. Lenses range from basic, single-vision plastic options ($111) to advanced polycarbonate sight-sharpeners ($251), with optional anti-glare technology to ease sunlit escapades and protect eyes against the gleaming smiles of tooth fairies.
Staffed by passionate opticians, Clearview Eyecare and Laser Center serves clients with family-friendly eye care and crafts new qlasses fast with one-hour service available on most prescriptions. The shop stocks more than 1,000 different styles of adult and children’s frames, all backed by a price-protection guarantee. Lenses ($60+) and colorful eyeborders from Adidas, Kipling, and Reflections ($90+) make fashion statements without landing wallets in the emergency room. Chic designer specs from Ted Baker, Vera Wang, Guess, and other brands serve as both a trendy accessory and a means for preventing customers from mistaking a garishly dressed friend for a Christmas tree.