From outside, the understated façade of Banzai Hibachi doesn’t belie the fast-paced culinary action-taking place within. Around teppanyaki tables, diners watch fires blaze while master chefs toss fresh vegetables and meats with flair, flipping them in the air or letting the morsels sizzle on the grill. Behind the oyster and sushi bar, still more chefs brandish their considerable knife skills and assemble raw delights—delicately arranging pieces sashimi and maki to spell out SOS across platter islands.
Bento boxes, sushi rolls, and noodle soups make up the menus at Ichi Riki, where chopsticks can lock onto bites of familiar Japanese cuisine. Spicy and mild rolls include fillings such as fresh salmon, tuna, or eel with avocado. Baskets of shrimp and vegetables plunge into the bubbling deep fryer, where they transform into golden tempura. These classic dishes are offered à la carte or as part of combination platters. Pickup and delivery services let patrons enjoy their meals in the comfort of their own cabins made of chopsticks. Their tatami room is also available to accommodate up to 40 people for any occasion.
Wild Ginger's menu showcases healthful Asian entrees, sushi, and sashimi inspired by dishes in every corner of the Far East. Chefs tweak creative dishes, such as Asian-style duck fajitas snuggled in pancake wraps, according to special requests, dietary restrictions, or state-imposed moratoriums on using soy sauce. Bronxville rolls stuffed with spicy tuna and caviar exude local pride, and the Mind Eraser obliterates memories of hunger with tuna, salmon, lobster and king crab. While taste buds luxuriate in flavor, eyes wander amid canary-yellow walls lined with plush benches to hanging lamps that create an ambient amber glow reminiscent of an 18th-century sitting room filled with lava.
The chefs at Impulse Hibachi & Bar Lounge turn food preparation into acts of athleticism with tableside performances and meals sliced and spun on a flaming hibachi grill. The menu brims with choice cuts of chicken, steak, seafood, and vegetables patiently awaiting their 15 minutes of fame and impending celebrity-judge critique. Main courses arrive circumscribed by helpings of salad, miso soup, veggies, rice, and a shrimp appetizer, complemented by a platter of salted edamame. A vegetarian ($13.95) plate caters to the herbivorous needs of clientele, and protein platters such as chicken ($15.95) or steak ($19.95) excite underused canines and incisors. Fresh seafood options such as the twin lobster tail ($29.95) treat guests to ocean-faring delicacies, and combo plates ($22.95–$31.95) pair a couplet of entrees to force a compromise between wrestling taste buds.
Chef Lisan slashes a checkmark of sauce on a bistro plate. The sushi bar radiates with purple neon. Red walls stand stark against black lacquered tables, where bamboo mats tell Lisan's story—an upbringing in Tokyo and 20 years in New York dreaming of a restaurant just like Ginban Asian Bistro. An ever-evolving Omakase menu mingles Japanese, Malaysian, and Southeast Asian influences and presents everything from fresh sashimi to saucy filet mignon. After splashing soy on a slice of just-rolled sushi, patrons can retreat to the outdoor patio for a cocktail. The restaurant also caters parties of up to 200 people, or occasionally up to 201 people if the outlier can stay quiet beneath a friend's trench coat.
The deft chefs at Johnny Roll House roll fresh ingredients into cylindrical eats, purveying a menu of innovative sushi and Japanese entrees. Six steamed shrimp dumplings ribbon dance across tongues with an order of shumai ($5), making way for the deep-fried spring rolls of a harumaki starter ($5). Capped with a homemade sauce, the Johnny Roll ($13) layers crispy shrimp tempura and avocado atop tuna and salmon. Use sweet-heat to blast dust-bunnies out of sinus cavities with the Super Fire roll’s ($13) triumvirate of yellowtail, jalapeño, and scallion topped with seared tuna and spicy mayo. The salmon teriyaki entree ($15) girds muscles with protein and, unlike divorce papers, comes served with miso soup and salad. With vibrant rosaceous walls to complement its tasty fare, Johnny Roll House rouses sensory systems without Pavlovian reinforcement.
Impressed by the flavor and precision of Okinawa Hibachi Steakhouse's cuisine and chefs, respectively, the readers of Westchester Magazine cast their votes to name the restaurant the home of the area's best hibachi in 2011. Surrounded by the glowing reds and golden hues of the dining room, chefs sear and manipulate meats and vegetables at traditional teppanyaki tables, cooking steaks to order and cutting heads of broccoli to resemble arms of broccoli. At the sushi bar, a line of chefs assemble maki rolls and platters of sushi and sashimi. The trickle from the fountain in the dining room provides a soothing soundtrack for fully equipped eating contests.