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.
Suspended in chocolate-brown wooden cabinets with interior lighting, designer glasses look right at home in a boutique manned by a trusty staff. Vision exams and contact-lens fittings begin the process of selecting these exquisite pieces of eyewear, which are crafted by lab technician Danny, also an optician. Staffers help patients find the best eyewear for their lifestyle and personality, taking note of whether they play sports or play roles in a lot of '80s film shopping montages.
Ocular medical services are extensive, ranging from cosmetic lash-growing treatments to cataract evaluations and the healing of infections. Optometrist Dr. Rita Patel further manages ocular symptoms and emergencies.