Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Japanese fare at Sushi Hayashi.
Sushi Hayashi’s ocean-fresh sushi arrives at tables in such impeccably artful arrangements that diners feel tinges of remorse as their chopsticks dive into delectable combinations of eel, avocado, and spicy tuna. The menu unfurls with a vast assortment of specialty rolls, such as the rainbow roll ($10.25) that conceals flavorful stashes of tuna, salmon, and shrimp. Patrons can awaken palates more effectively than by licking electrical sockets by matching tasters against the T.N.T roll ($10.95), which proffers fiery bites of shrimp tempura. Guests need not sail the high seas in search of cooked delicacies, as they can wrap their chopsticks’ tentacles around succulent dishes of fried baby octopus ($6.25) or sizzling plates of chicken teriyaki ($11.50).
Banners emblazoned with Japanese crests hang above chefs as they pack their rice piñatas with sea candies behind the restaurant’s elegant sushi bar. Diners can choose to watch their work from up close at the bar or swap hand-drawn maps with local kraken hunters at private tables.
Much like the carefully rolled maki that Sushi Hayashi serves, the restaurant’s atmosphere is casual enough for a quick lunch yet decidedly sleek and elegant, with slick black furnishings glistening beneath recessed lighting. At a sushi bar that exemplifies freshness with a display of vibrant green vegetables and colorful fish, diners can watch as chefs assemble specialty rolls such as the white dragon, with butter-soft white tuna layered over a classic california roll. Meals that come with complimentary steam treatments include udon soup, beef teriyaki, and pork katsu.