Tabletop grills are a vital venue for chefs to show off cooking tricks and monitor the seismic activity of onion volcanoes. Feast in the front row with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Japanese cuisine at Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, valid at locations in Mountainside and Parlin.
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar's menu of fine Japanese cuisine dazzles taste buds with choice meats, signature sides of fried rice, and 24 specialty sushi rolls. During hibachi meals, the skilled chefs yield carnivorous combinations—such as steak and scallops ($21.99) or Brazilian lobster and Atlantic white shrimp ($29.99)—by scattering ingredients across the eatery's tabletop grills and animatedly grilling the meats in between uproars of flames and flashy spatula hopscotching. For raw eats, chopsticks can haul rice-bundled modicums of yellowtail, salmon, crabmeat, and avocado from the specialty Angel Kiss roll ($12.99) or hungrily stab at the chef's premier pieces from the sashimi-and-sushi-combination platter ($29.99). Sweet miso glaze glistens atop the signature Chilean sea-bass entree, casting a bioluminescent glow over its full accompaniment of vegetables, white rice, house salad, soup, green tea, and choice of ice cream or sherbet ($24.99).
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.