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Boasting a lineage of sushi and sake classics, Tokyo Bay’s master chef channels his 30-plus years of Asian culinary training to sizzle an authentic menu of Japanese and Korean cuisine. Butter up palates with crispy-fried Korean seafood pancake ($12) or nosh shareable rounds of bul go ki, a roast-beef barbecue holding hands with a buddy system of kimchi, zesty salads, and white rice ($20). Traditional teriyaki chicken nuzzles tempura, gyozas, and california rolls in the warm abode of a bento box ($22). At the center of Tokyo Bay’s intimate dining room, guests can mingle at the sushi bar, where they enlist jovial maki-makers to sculpt edible art projects of king lobster crafted with tempura tails, masago, and avocado sequins ($19.50). Linger later into meals and sample a crunchy tempura ice-cream-and-pound cake creation ($5) or sip an array of premiere hot or cold sakes ($10–$100 per bottle).
Styled in neutral tones of light-colored wood, Tokyo Bay’s dining room pops with occasional accents of bright teapots, graphic banners, and a bubbly aquarium in the center of the sushi bar that warns its residents of consequences for misbehaving. Diners who prefer sharing meals and secret knitting maneuvers under the cloak of the covered patio may do so against the backdrop of stunning waterfront views.
Tokyo Bay Japanese Restaurant
Led by head shushi chef Toshiaki Mizutani, a Tokyo native with more than 30 years of experience, the chefs at Tokyo Bay Japanese Restaurant craft sushi rolls, teriyaki dishes, and crispy tempura-fried entrees from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Its most popular rolls include the Wuz Up Be roll, stuffed with spicy yellowtail, avocado, and green wasabi-flavored tobiko, and the Deadliest Catch roll with snow crab, avocado, mayo, and roe, all topped with grilled eel and a savory sauce. Fuji rolls are filled, volcano-style, with spicy hot sauce, and after taking a bite, diners can put out the flames that erupt from their mouths with Japanese and domestic beer, sake, and wine.
In addition to sushi, guests feast on steak, chicken, and seafood in housemade teriyaki sauce. They slurp down noodle dishes or crunch into meats, vegetables, and tofu coated in tempura batter and fried to a light, crispy finish.