Japanese recipes and culinary techniques heavily influence the menu at Sho Japanese & Asian Fusion Restaurant, but the chefs refuse to play favorites by incorporating Thai and Chinese elements into their dishes as well. Szechuan peppercorns, lemongrass, or red curry lend a variety of pan-Asian flavors to the seared orders of steak and shrimp. The sushi selection also goes beyond traditional california rolls to feature specialty maki with innovative cores of jalapeño, steamed lobster, or hand-polished macadamia nuts.
A-Chiban Sushi Cafe mingles a smorgasbord of maki made from ocean-fresh fish with the traditional flavors of udon soups, teriyaki meats, and Japanese desserts. Like a solar-powered butter churn, the menu is a fusion of innovation and tradition, with such familiar Japanese treats as eel teriyaki or pork katsu don served alongside inventive dishes such as the bagel roll, a deep-fried bundling of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and scallion. Ample vegetarian ingredients such as pickled radish, veggie tempura, and savory shiitake add color, while mochi ice cream and tempura cheesecakes add a note of exotic sweetness at the end of meals.
Recalling the fast-paced urban atmosphere of Tokyo with clubby fluorescent lighting and a flock of black lacquered lanterns, the fish finaglers at Tanko craft a globe-spanning menu of excitingly presented Asiana. After forging a DIY centerpiece from appetizers such as chicken satay and pork- or veggie-packed gyoza, diners choose between hot Asian fusion entrees or a custom pairing of regular and specialty sushi rolls.
There's no need for handwringing over whether you should eat Chinese or Japanese?not when Big Apple Chinese Food and Sushi has both covered. The eatery's massive menu includes both traditional and modern takes on Chinese favorites, from hot and spicy pork to lemon chicken, plus a variety of sushi and sashimi combos. Daily lunch specials and bento boxes make it tempting to ditch that sad lunch of a brown bag filled with cornmeal.
Miraku's adept chefs entertain palates with an izakaya-style menu boasting small plates crafted from seasonal recipes that employ seafood imported from Japan. Duos begin their three courses by selecting two starters such as toro kakuni, a braised tuna belly drizzled with sweet soy, or edamame falafel topped with wasabi sour cream. For the main course, chefs choreograph the Bollywood maki roll's production of spicy tuna, avocado, and curry aioli, and blend spicy salmon, leeks, and mozzarella that's as melted as a Fiat parked on Mercury to create the Italia roll. Each meal concludes with spice-quenching sweets such as red bean and green tea ice cream or ginger-red-wine-poached pear.