Before sushi proved how delightful rolled-up food could be, fish had been served folded over rice and woven into a basket. Chew through loosely woven seafood with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Japanese fare at Sushi House of Hoboken in Hoboken.
Sushi House of Hoboken's glass-topped sushi bar, extensive sushi menu, and variety of Japanese fare cater to seafood fans of all stripes. Chefs dip soft-shell crab-tempura appetizers ($8.95) into a bubbling pool of oil until they emerge with a crispy brown crust, much as luxury watchmakers dunk each timepiece into a deep-fryer filled with molten gold. The Sahara roll ($11.95) slides deep fried calamari, shrimp, and crab into an avocado sleeping bag that has been surreptitiously filled with eel sauce, while The Top of the World roll ($10.95) guides taste buds to the pinnacle of a majestic mango-and-smoked-salmon foodmass.
Behind the sushi bar, chefs hand-roll sushi and prepare sashimi à la carte ($1.95–$5.50). Metallic fish sculptures swim in place on walls below the aquatic blues and greens of Sushi House's ceiling, creating a casual atmosphere in which to trade maritime tales or reveal that you're half merperson. Parched throats can find solace in the restaurant's BYOB policy, which lets visitors drink whatever beverage their mothers slipped into their backpacks.
Sushi House of Hoboken
The master chefs at Sushi House of Hoboken garnered a 2008 Readers' Choice award from New Jersey Monthly for their flavorful sushi rolls and Japanese-style beef, chicken, and seafood. Diners can pull up seats to the open-air sushi bar, where culinary artisans prep edible care packages such as the red dragon roll, its eel and cucumber drizzled in kabayaki sauce. Thanks to the eatery's BYOB policy, dinner parties can sip personal potables as they share teriyaki beef or hand-feed pellets to the fish sculptures that dot the dining room. Alternatively, guests can feel free to dine on the restaurant's outdoor patio.