Though initially used as armor, woks became popular cooking implements shortly after the Shu dynasty began using arrows tipped with hot butter. Guard against hunger with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and pan-Asian fare at Aja Asian Cuisine & Lounge on 58th Street and 1st Avenue. Hurry to redeem this Groupon, as it expires in just three months.
Aja’s adroit chefs whip up market-fresh sushi and sashimi, wok-tossed entrees, and specialty rolls. The sushi menu brims with inventive creations such as the spicy king crab caviar ($10) and salmon jalapeño ($7). Diners can indulge their controlling sides without forcing their chopsticks to tap dance thanks to the ishiyaki, a miniature tableside grill that heats thin strips of chicken ($20), filet mignon ($26), or Kobe beef ($50) beneath noshers’ watchful eyes. The chilean sea bass rests on a grill slick with miso and sake ($28), and the bolo chicken sneaks over to the table inside a pineapple shell ($21). Guests pass a giant Buddha statue and a fish tank built into the floor before they slide into padded booths complete with back pillows. Colorful track lighting splashes the walls, and hushed ambient beats drown out the incessant choruses of "The Song That Never Ends" playing in diners' minds.
381 3rd Ave.
New York, New York 10016