The windows of skyscrapers form a gossamer chain of lights across the night sky, all arrayed behind diners on the second floor at Teak On The Hudson. The colors that pop against the darkness also leap from golden pineapple adorning tuna tartar with tobiko and emerald spears of asparagus atop scallops and champagne sauce. In the kitchen, chefs play with hues while wrapping soy paper around ruby-hued spicy tuna, yellowtail, and salmon for rolls with creative names such as Teak Loves You. They glide between steaming pots, carrying bok choy, flounder, king crab, and other ingredients from around the world like panicked zookeepers on their first day of work.
As animated as the kitchen is, the decor in Teak’s dining rooms keeps eyes bouncing around with ornate chandeliers that light up tin ceilings. Ornate twirls climb damask-printed curtains pinned back to marbled pillars. Koi fish swirl laconically inside a giant fish tank along the back of the bar, their tank reflecting blue and pink lights and medieval-looking lion-head statues. On the weekend, DJs slowly unleash the pulse of top-40 dance music throughout the eatery and parties up to 1,000 fill the rooms.
The master chefs at Sushi House of Hoboken garnered a 2008 Readers' Choice award from New Jersey Monthly for their flavorful sushi rolls and Japanese-style beef, chicken, and seafood. Diners can pull up seats to the open-air sushi bar, where culinary artisans prep edible care packages such as the red dragon roll, its eel and cucumber drizzled in kabayaki sauce. Thanks to the eatery's BYOB policy, dinner parties can sip personal potables as they share teriyaki beef or hand-feed pellets to the fish sculptures that dot the dining room. Alternatively, guests can feel free to dine on the restaurant's outdoor patio or order takeout to hone chopstick techniques in private.
Despite its location deep in the urban landscape of Manhattan, Hana Michi works hard to stay true to the “flower path” translation of its name. Not only can this be seen in the restaurant’s abundance of natural elements, like the thick wood beams holding up the entry portal, wicker-work baskets and cherry blossoms; but also in the leafy path built into the floor that runs through the restaurant to the tables and booths in the back. Along the way, mirrors increase the sense of space, while quotations and traditional Japanese artwork establish a Zen-like atmosphere. The menu mixes classic Korean and Japanese cuisine in dishes like sushi and kimchi, plus also several selections of Japanese katsu. To complement the meal, more than 30 types of sake are available.
The crafty sushi chefs at Fu Sushi slice, dice, and artfully mold cuts of salmon, tuna, and vegetables into imaginative rolls and sashimi. Diners can stick with the classics, such as california ($6.25) or avocado ($5.25) rolls, or opt for a special roll, such as the Naruto rainbow roll, an assortment of fish hugged by cucumber slices ($12.95). The Sexy roll finds spicy yellowtail draped in spicy tuna with an inner crunch ($12.95) that can pair with the equally piquant salmon kamikaze roll laden with habanero pepper. Sashimi liberated of rice chains puts fish cuts on display in offerings such as salmon ($3) and white tuna ($3). A dessert caps off meals with a choice that includes mochi (a $5 value), Fu's special ice cream (a $6 value), or a mimed reenactment of your entire dinner.
Tako Sushi molds fresh ingredients into a menu of distinctive sushi and sashimi smorgasbords. Meals kick off with appetizers, such as the salmon tataki ($7.75), a house special that is cooked on the outside and raw on the inside, much like a diary with a hard cover made of smoked ham. Diners can choose from a la carte sushi pieces such as the hamachi (yellowtail; $2.75) and the unagi (eel; $2.75). The roast duck roll serves up toasty meat with scallions in a honey-pineapple sauce ($10.50), while the volcano roll blends shrimp tempura, banana, spicy tuna, masago, and vinegar ($12.95). Those toasting to a new job as lifeguard of Donald Trump's bathtub can drink a glass of premium sake, as Tako Sushi serves up several well-rounded rice wines.