Described as "part restaurant, part amusement park" by [The New York Times_] Okinawa's dining room is filled with the exhilarating eruptions of flame and steam at its hibachi tables. Featuring both a sushi bar and hibachi grilles, the restaurant's extensive menu lists an impressive assortment dishes from each, including more than 40 types of sushi rolls, a host of classic teriyaki entrees, and 30 hibachi dinners prepared before wide-eyed diners' and their jealous personal chefs.
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.
A fishpond murmurs beside the entrance to Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant, where owner and head chef Hiroyuki "James" Nagata oversees his lunch and dinner recipes. Nagata, whose decades of culinary experience include a stint at one of the world's largest fish markets, rolls and slices sushi. His sushi creations include minced scallop sashimi and the Plum Tree Roll, whose medley of tuna and eel is crowned with a rainbow of roe. The recently renovated restaurant—in business for 20 years—sets an elegant scene, with walnut and cherry-wood floors, hand-painted wallpaper, and doorways arched like Shinto shrines. Outside, the patio’s waterfall emanates the pleasant sound of splashes, like a walrus playing in a flooded basement.
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.
The New York Times praised Tengda's Milford location—one of eight in a small regional chain—as "perfect for young-at-heart couples and groups," with a high-energy atmosphere bubbling around cuisine it called "very good." The chefs draw gustatory inspiration from China, Japan, and Thailand as they create their expansive menus of Pan-Asian fare, which include fiery stir-fries, grilled meats, and sushi and provide reading material for shy diners throughout a full meal. Moody red and yellow lights dapple sleek black tables and booths, and might occasionally catch knife-flipping and drink-slinging theatrics behind the sushi and cocktail bars.
Japanese and Korean dishes share table space within Abis Japanese Traditional Cuisine, a Greenwich eatery in business for more than 20 years. Sushi chefs slice ocean-fresh seafood for sashimi and sushi platters, and hibachi chefs sear filet mignon, red snapper, and other proteins on tableside grills, pairing them with sides such as japanese fried onion soup. Korean specialties include bulgogi, seafood pancakes, and bibim bam served in heated stone bowls.