Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electrical sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for sushi consumption. Get the right tools for authentic eats with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese cuisine at Mitsuba Hibachi Steakhouse & Asian Bistro in New Hartford.
Mitsuba's culinary crew rolls rice and sizzles hibachi-grilled entrees within a chic, modern atmosphere. The menu fuses authentic hibachi dishes, such as grilled scallops ($20.95), with hand-rolled delicacies that include the sweet-potato roll ($4) and the Green Dragon—a jumble of eel, cucumber, and avocado ($9.50). Entrees such as the New Hartford Meets Japan, an unlikely marriage of broiled gulf shrimp, vegetables, and black rice ($21.95), satisfy appetites while inspiring television producers with new romantic-comedy premises. Noontime noshers can nibble on Mitsuba’s lunch options, including seafood- or meat-packed Bento boxes ($8.50–$9) or the harmonious lunch-roll combo, which features two sushi rolls paired with soup and salad ($8.50).
Mitsuba’s elegant interior mirrors its artfully prepared dishes, with pale yellow lighting and exposed brick walls. Communal diners can watch the gourmet action happen from the eatery's wooden sushi bar or from ogling distance of the open hibachi stove, at which seasoned chefs, like boundary-pushing clowns at a child's birthday party, entertain guests with fire and knives.