The carefully rolled nature of sushi makes it ideal for starting snowballs, which is why it's commonly known as "snowman heart." Eat to the center of snow with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese cuisine and drinks at Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Parlin.
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar treats guests a dinner show right at the table with hibachi chefs slicing, dicing and grilling meals before diners' eyes. Delve into the authentic menu of sushi, soups, seafood, and steaks with a starter of tempura coconut shrimp ($6.75) and a specialty cocktail such as the Karate Punch ($6.50), made with rum, gin, pineapple juice, and orange juice served in a souvenir ceramic sumo's belly ($3.50 for figure glasses) that is fired out of a cannon directly onto the tongue.
Hibachi diners can grab a seat around the grill and watch as steak and scallops ($21.99), pork ($15.99), or steak ($20.95) are prepared fresh in a flash of dancing, singing, sentient knives. All hibachi meals are accompanied by three hibachi shrimp, a traditional soup, house salad, Asian veggies, white rice, and dessert. Diners may also grab a booth near the sunken bar in the tavern and send taste buds out to surf with a california roll ($4.50), spicy tuna roll ($6+), or salmon roe roll ($4.50).
- Teriyaki, tempura, sushi and sashimi are on the menu, but it's the hibachi meals prepared with theatrical aplomb by toque-topped chefs that are the real crowd-pleaser here. – Anthony Venutolo, nj.com
- The food was mighty tasty and it's always good times sitting at the hibachi grill. – Carmela D., Yelp, 11/3/08
South Fin Grill
At South Fin Grill, the ocean breeze mingles with a menu of upscale seafood and steakhouse dishes praised by New York magazine. Amid what critic Ethan Wolff describes as a "priceless" ocean view, servers roll out lobster, crab, swordfish, and salmon incarnated as pasta, soup, and sushi dishes. The "turf" portion of the menu showcases grilled new york sirloin, filet mignon, and barbecued pork, but the focus once again turns seaside at a raw bar that features clams and oysters kept fresh by pearl-shaped breath mints.
The waterfront location is centrally located between New York and New Jersey, and indoor and outdoor seating make it a comfortable in all seasons. Beams of blue and yellow lighting hover above the interior dining tables, each blanketed with a white tablecloth and centered with a flickering candle. Outside, the ocean deck's sea-blue umbrellas shelter views of the boardwalk, ocean, passing cruise ship, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. The restaurant bolsters its elegantly plated cuisine with occasional entertainment acts, which have included DJs.