Sushi is traditionally eaten with chopsticks in honor of ancient fishermen who pinched catches one at a time between two two-by-fours. Celebrate deft fishing skills with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get a sushi dinner for two at Ozu in Brooklyn (up to a $55 total value). Guests select items from a prix fixe menu, and the dinner includes:
- One hot sake (a $7 value)
- One appetizer (up to an $8 value)
- Two regular rolls (up to a $6 value each)
- Two special rolls (up to a $14 value each)
Ozu’s chefs infuse their menu of sushi rolls with eclectic ingredients, drawing inspiration from other styles of cuisine and even pop-culture phenomena to create new combinations. Freshly steamed and salted edamame or the kalbi beef short ribs marinated in Korean-style plum sauce prepare stomach ports to receive large sushi shipments by stirring up appetites and distracting customs officials. Seasonings simmer taste buds from within the seaweed wrappings of the spicy onion roll, and slices of avocado and fluke blanket the Good Time roll’s core of fiery crabmeat. A medley of succulent raw seameats sports a dress of soybean nori and tuna in the Lady Gaga roll, a bold flavor statement that other rolls often dress as on Halloween. Steamy sips of hot sake singe the eyebrows as they tag along after mouthfuls of rice and vegetables.
Ozu’s interior blossoms with soothing natural tones, from the wooden tiles that spread underfoot to the splash of green tiles that sprouts from behind the stone-topped sushi bar. Rays of blue light peek out from behind raised brown padding along the walls, evoking the existence of water or a superexclusive discotheque just on the other side.
Shimmering green and yellow walls backdrop Ozu’s marble-topped bar, which is part sushi bar and part cocktail bar. On the sushi end, a metal fish sculpture on the metallic green-tiled wall overlooks sushi chefs. It watches as they wrap thin layers of raw fish around miniature bouquets of sprouts, stand slices of strawberry on end, paint plates with splashes of sauce, and nestle purple flowers onto fillets striped with ruby-hued caviar. Sake and Sapporo beer arrive from the other end of the bar to quench thirst.
Elsewhere in this eatery with high ceilings and wooden tiles, guests get their recommended daily dose of lobster with the lobster salad. They also sup on tuna-and-avocado pizza, crispy duck, and Kobe-beef meatballs.