Chopstick masters are capable of amazing acts of dexterity, such as juggling rice and tuck-pointing a sandcastle one grain at a time. Boost your mitt fitness with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Pan-Asian fare at Tsunami Teriyaki on East 37th Street. This Groupon is valid for dine-in, carryout, and drive-through from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tsunami Teriyaki’s menu stretches its folds across Southeast Asia to embrace tastes from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Chefs ward off encroaching pandas as they toss bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and tofu into sizzling hot-pots ($8.29) before topping of the mixture with an artful spattering of cilantro. Chicken-wing quintets don aerodynamic robes of barbecue sauce and chart a one-way flight to taste buds, and teriyaki dinners pair rice or pan-fried noodles with a choice of six proteins, including chicken ($7.29), shrimp ($7.79), or short ribs ($8.95). Straws fish for treasure in bubble teas ($3.99) whose watermelon-, banana-, and green tea-flavored waters brim with chewy pearls of tapioca. A flat-screen TV fuels mealtime chatter about sports and sitcoms, and guests can utilize a free Wi-Fi connection to e-mail pho-themed haikus to the eatery’s friendly staff.
A wave of flavor washes over visitors to Tsunami Teriyaki, who can dig into charbroiled teriyaki, chicken wings, and Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Spring rolls stuffed with chicken and vegetables and garnished with a ginger-lime sauce can start off meals, or diners can sample salad rolls made with carrots, bean sprouts, and peanut sauce. The hearty selection of noodles ranges from pad thai, “Thailand’s official rice noodle,” to vermicelli, Vietnam’s “light and healthy rice noodle.” The luscious noodles arrive mixed with cilantro, toasted peanuts, lemongrass, bean sprouts, and proteins such as tofu, chicken, or steak. The house Tsunami Specials platters include chicken or tofu mixed with string beans, Thai herbs, or a crushed peppercorn sauce. Thai iced tea and Vietnamese iced coffee wash down spices, and boba drinks of avocado, mango, and sour-green-apple flavors provide refreshing sips that may come with pearls of tapioca freshly stolen from the elusive tapioca oyster.