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 $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese cuisine and drinks at Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. This Groupon is only valid at the Mountainside, NJ location, and is not valid with the kids eat free and loyalty rewards programs.
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar treats guests to a dinner show performed right at their table with hibachi chefs slicing, dicing, and grilling meals before diners' eyes. Kick things off with a starter of pan-fried dumplings ($6.99) and a specialty cocktail such as the Karate Punch, an infusion of rum, gin, and pineapple and orange juices ($6.99), served in a souvenir ceramic figurine made to resemble a sumo wrestler, geisha, or dojo with functioning gutters ($3.49 for figure glasses). Hibachi diners can grab a seat around the grill and watch as steak and scallops ($21.99), pork ($15.99), or chicken ($17.99) are prepared fresh in a flash of dancing, singing, sentient knives, and then served, accompanied by hibachi shrimp, traditional soup, house salad, Asian veggies, white rice, and dessert. Or send taste buds out to surf with a California roll ($4.49), spicy tuna roll ($5.99), or salmon-roe roll ($4.79), paired with an appetizer of tempura coconut shrimp ($6.99) and a slice of fried cheesecake plucked straight from the sea.
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.