If cooking were a language, the chefs at Makoto Japanese Restaurant would be multilingual. They follow Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and Thai cooking traditions to craft dishes ranging from Thai-style duck with curry sauce to broiled eel with seaweed salad and Japanese pickles. At any given time, they might be slicing fresh sashimi in the kitchen or dazzling hungry guests at tableside hibachi grills. They approach grilling as a performance, thrilling audiences by flipping juicy steaks, sizzling tender scallops, and chopping vegetables fast enough to ignite the flames that light the grill. Wooden walls border the hibachi tables, creating an air of exclusivity as diners delight in the semi-private show.
Sizzling steaks, fine cocktails, and a pyrotechnic performance all come together at Shogun 22, one of Green Brook's favorite Japanese steakhouses since 1983. Served with dramatic flair?as well as literal flares?hibachi entrees like filet mignon, tilapia, and scallops are prepared on a tabletop grill by a showboating chef. They come sandwiched between a shrimp appetizer, grilled veggies, and a frosty bowl of ice cream. The kitchen is in charge of other rib-sticking dishes, like miso-drizzled salmon, crunchy shrimp tempura, and chicken katsu, while the sushi bar composes dozens of specialty rolls. Extend the creative flourishes to your drinks by downing a domestic or imported beer or an exotic beverage such as the ginger martini or the plum wine.
Panda Restaurant's cooks take visitors on a tour of the Asian continent, magically compressing the lengthy journey into a single, jet-lag-free meal. From Japan, they prepare specialty sushi, such as the Spicy Girl tuna roll with droplets of chili sauce or the Hawa roll with eel and mango. They head across the sea to borrow recipes from China, such as the Seven Stars Around the Moon, which boldly melds the flavors of beef, scallops, jumbo shrimp, roasted pork, king crab, and chicken. Finally, they sling up Thailand's noodle and curry staples, such as massaman shrimp with potatoes or chicken sautéed with fresh mango. Between sips of their favorite BYO beverages, guests can conclude this epic feast with a sweet flourish of ice cream.
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar's hibachi chefs pull double duty, acting as entertainers in addition to grillmasters. They captivate large groups of diners with whirling knifework, dynamic spatula twirls, and the occasional spout of flame at tableside hibachi grills, flipping hot portions of lobster and chicken directly onto waiting plates. Behind the bamboo-finished bar, the sushi chefs move more slowly as they carefully seal colorful combinations of veggies, seafood, and vinegar-anointed rice within sheets of delicate seaweed. Like a poltergeist beauty pageant, not all of the talent is visible to the eye—the culinary team makes some of the restaurant's most exotic dishes, such as kobe beef sliders and wasabi-crusted filet mignon, behind the closed doors of the kitchen.
The chefs at Ninja Sushi work behind a sleek black bar where they carefully meld ingredients together by hand to make colorful, flavorful rolls. Creatively named signature rolls include the Li'l Mermaid with tempura and cucumber inside and spicy caviar and scallion outside, as well as the Ninja Sandwich—spicy crunchy tuna, marinated crab meat, barbecued eel, and tobiko. Cooked Japanese specialities also emerge from the kitchen in the form of chicken katsu and teriyaki steak.
An extensive menu sets Midori Japanese Restaurant apart. A dozen-plus hibachi dinner selections counter 20+ midori special rolls, including selections of Alaska crab, batter-fried sweet shrimp, and yellow fin tuna—which in the wild, amid a school of tuna, looks like the school bus. Sushi and sashimi abound, too.