Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Let your belly enjoy the warmth of companionship with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of sushi dinner at Sonoda's 550 Broadway.
The experienced chefs at Sonoda's 550 Broadway slice and roll fresh ingredients into a menu of inventive sushi rolls and classic Japanese entrees. After finding a seat with the help of a friendly staff member and a set of semaphores, patrons can kick-start their mouth motors with popular appetizers, including baked green mussels ($5) and the Magic Mushroom, with its mayo- and eel-sauce-smeared baked salmon, shrimp, and avocado ($7). Raw-fish aficionados let teeth dance atop morsels of hand-selected fish over sushi rice in the chirashi dinner ($25), or order the eight-piece Caterpillar roll—avocado and freshwater eel snuggled together ($12.95)—to see who is the chubbiest sushi-eating bunny. The seafood udon, noodles with oceanic eats and veggies in a spicy broth ($13), is one of many savory entrees ready to be washed down with a drink from Sonoda's 550 Broadway bar.
Sonoda's 550 Broadway
Sonoda's 550 Broadway's public-facing prep area showcases chefs' chopping skills as they stuff sushi specialty rolls with creative ingredients such as jalapeño masago. For fully cooked fare, piping-hot tempuras and teriyakis nestle onto rectangular plates draped in more elegant garnishes than the Cabbage Patch Kids at prom. Amber track lighting snakes between upside-down parasols suspended overhead, and exposed-brick walls imbue the establishment with an atmosphere of industrial chic. A full bar selection soothes diners' thirsts, and full stomachs' calls for back up carry on the breeze from an outdoor patio.