Atami Japanese Sushi Buffet pairs artistically presented maki rolls and sashimi with classic Japanese dishes such as tempura and teriyaki. Their sushi chefs prepare complex creations such as a lobster-tempura roll or the hawaii roll, filled with white fish and mango and topped with spicy shrimp. On the lengthy buffet counter lit by a series of artistic hanging lamps, trays of different sushi rolls let visitors build their own sampler platters or replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge. Patrons’ chopsticks move busily in Atami’s dining room, where one exposed-brick wall lends a rustic accent to the space that also features sleek wood panels and tables throughout.
Ai's menus are replete with classic and creative plates. A selection of traditional rolls, such as tuna or salmon ($4 each), will fill the usual sushi strongholds, but for hardened appetite bunkers, call in the game-changing bombs of special rolls such as the rainbow (a California roll topped with assorted sashimi and rainbow caviar, $9.95). There are also hearty chef's specials, including mango passion shrimp (sautéed shrimp and mangos in a special Thai pepper sauce, $13.95), and dinner entrees, including teriyaki beef negimaki (thin-sliced beef and scallions in teriyaki or Asian garlic sauce, $12.95).
Neon lights dart across the Cali Red Lounge to decorate the stone and tile walls with luminous graffiti. These rays of indigo and green provide a backdrop that complements colorful signature cocktails such as the refreshing Sunflower made with peach schnapps and Midori, the pucker-inducing appletini, and the all-ages water on the rocks. The expansive space fits a variety of moods with beer-pong tables, flat-screen TVs for sports, and a network of private Japanese-style karaoke rooms. As disco lights splash banquettes with glowing confetti, patrons can croon a beloved ballad and munch on Cali Red's savory snacks including wine-flavored edamame beans, onion rings, and popcorn chicken.
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.
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.