Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and more at Amber in the West Village.
Amber’s menu is brimming with sushi, pan-Asian favorites, and contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. Diners can make an edible entrance to the temple-inspired sanctuary with two spiced filet mignon mini-burgers ($8) or sushi bar starters such as oyster shooters with citrus vodka and olive juice ($7). Fresh sushi and sashimi is available à la carte, rolled, or woven into a basket. Amber's expert fish-wranglers slice seafood into classics such as a California roll ($4.50), as well as creative concoctions such as the village vibe roll, which hosts lobster salad and avocado and is topped with fresh kiwi slices and mango puree ($15). Wok and hot-stone grill specialties include sangria crispy duck marinated in a fruity red wine sauce with flavors of mango and lily root ($15) and crispy wok-sautéed chicken or beef in a tangy tangerine glaze ($14 for chicken, $16 for beef).
Amber, which has two airy levels and a fully stocked bar, provides an exotic dining experience by mixing the timeless elegance of a stone temple with the youthful spirit of a nightclub and the shifting, colored lights of a Christmas tree caught in a tornado. The dining room is romantically adorned with gauzy curtains and potted palms, and the sushi bar is naturally elegant with a wood fence. A stone fountain filled with live fish and half-live G.I. Joe figurines pulls a double-shift as decorative element and organic conversation starter.