Owners Sophie Tan and Calvin Yum know how to make sushi fun. Which is why their restaurant, Cucumber Sushi and Salad Bar?called "a shiny new restaurant that epitomizes millennial dining" by the Staten Island Advance?entertains diners in a trendy eatery that features minimalistic decor and a menu of classic and creative Asian dishes. Traditional options such as yellowtail rolls and thai coconut curry support the menu's creative cast of Japanese salads and specialty rolls made from spicy kani and Mexican seasonings. Cucumber Sushi and Salad Bar also offers prix-fixe and spring special menus.
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.
With a menu that includes hot and cold specialties, sushi and sashimi, and deep-fried delicacies, Midori Sushi has a dish to suit any taste. Meals can begin with cool, crispy, spicy lobster rolls or crispy Japanese chips topped with tuna and Scottish salmon. From there, things warm up with a steak-and-chicken hibachi dinner or a plate of Chilean-sea-bass teriyaki. Those who prefer their heat in the form of spice can try the Volcano roll, testing their taste buds’ strength against yellowfin tuna dressed with two kinds of spicy sauce. Those in search of noodle-based nourishment can dig into bowls of beef or chicken yaki udon or order a side of hibachi noodles to complement any dish or weave into a tasteful hibachi basket.
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.
It's hard to count all the reasons people visit Hotoke. For instance, some guests come for a candlelit dinner date, taking advantage of the space's warm wood tones and bottles of sparkling sake. Others are simply there for the sushi, which they enjoy amid the bustle of an interactive sushi bar that dishes up seared sashimi and seafood ceviche. There's also a lounge, where the energy increases as the night wears on and guest DJs start spinning. Of course, no matter why visitors are there, they're sure to enjoy Asian favorites such as roast pork steam buns and kumamoto oysters, as well as waterfalls, wines from around the world, and hours spent discussing how the 9-foot golden Buddha statue finds clothes that fit.
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.