Sushi is an ancient manifestation of the human desire for more compact food, which later led to the invention of pizza rolls, taquitos, and tiny cows. Masticate in miniature with today's Groupon to Nishiki Sushi. Choose between two options:
• For $7, you get $15 worth of sushi and traditional Japanese fare from the lunch menu, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Monday–Saturday.
• For $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and traditional Japanese fare from the dinner menu, 5–10 p.m. Sunday–Wednesday and 5 p.m.–midnight Thursday–Saturday.
Nishiki Sushi's troupe of eight professional sushi chefs hand-furl an imaginative menu using daily shipments of live seafood. Trap each spicy tuna-, cream cheese-, and snow-crab-filled slice of the McHenry roll ($11.50) between chopsticks or inside a cage carefully rigged with its favorite videogames. Sticky grains of rice encapsulate buttery portions of cooked shrimp, cucumber and avocado in the 16th Street roll ($7.95). Savor a traditional lunch or dinner like the chicken teriyaki ($8.75 for lunch, $12.75 for dinner), or the Tony Pasta, which intermingles shredded ribbons of english cucumber with tender morsels of fresh seafood ($14.75).
Sink into an intimate booth or snag a seat at the lengthy sushi bar to watch the chefs twirl their fish-laden masterpieces and craft busts of their favorite poets using leftover sashimi. A large saltwater fish tank displays seasonal selections like oysters, scallops, and lobster, and a well-stocked sake bar showcases more than 15 specialty sakes.
Traditional meets contemporary at Nishiki Sushi: Chefs concoct classic sashimi and nigiri from fresh seafood, such as yellowtail, scallops, and freshwater eel, and they’ve also whipped up more than three dozen innovative specialty rolls. For instance, the Buddha roll has soft-shell-crab tempura wrapped into a tight spool and drizzled with a duet of homemade sauces. The Treasure roll adds a Southern twist—it has barbecue sauce splashed across scallops and comes served on top of a William Faulkner novel. The kitchen team also prepares what they call "Japanese comfort food"—entrees such as ramen noodles, chicken teriyaki, and unagi don, a barbecued freshwater-eel dish.