After about five minutes in Sushi Roxx, it’s easy to forget that you’re in New York. The over-the-top new restaurant, located in Midtown East’s Tuscany Hotel, appears to have been airlifted directly from some back alley in Tokyo with Godzilla murals, geisha Pop Art and, strikingly, a giant sumo wrestler on the ceiling. And the restaurant’s entertainment value goes far beyond the decor. In addition to excellent sushi rolls and Japanese specialties, diners are treated to performances from the team of singing and dancing servers throughout their meals. Choreographed by Asia Nitollano, a former Pussycat Doll, the energetic numbers are complemented by flashing lights, Top 40 music, spinning disco balls and, occasionally, somewhat inebriated patrons getting up and joining in on the action. See photos of the craziness below, and check out the bonkers sushi club for yourself when the venue opens to the public on July 22, 2015.
Blu on Park
While New York's steakhouse stalwarts (Keens, Peter Luger) remain staunchly true to their original forms, today's newer meat meccas have redefined the boundaries of the genre. From glitzy extravagance (and Bieber appearances) at Bowery Meat Company to laidback fun (and $19 cuts) at Quality Eats, it's clear there's no one way to cut that cake. For their take on the trope, European proprietors Emir Muhic and Gigi Dzidzovic (DiWine) adopt the meet-in-the-middle approach, taking over the first three floors of a renovated 1920s-era brownstone with a contemporary-minded restaurant that also channels the building's old-time grace with gray-stained wood panels, sleek marble counters and a working fireplace. In the 132-seat space, diners can settle elegant Windsor-style chairs for an array of traditional and creative starters, as well as seven cuts of steak—all tag-teamed by co-chefs Russell Rosenberg (the Boathouse) and Dusan Celic (DiWine). A crab cake ($22), garnished with marinated jicama, apple salad and remoulade was wonderful—you’ll fight over the last bite. The jumbo shrimp cocktail ($18) featured plump, finger-long crustaceans served over ice, the cocktail sauce fiery from just enough horseradish. Of course, if you’re at a steakhouse, you’re going to go for the beef (why bother if not?). A gargantuan ribeye ($49) arrives at the table still sizzling, flanked by béarnaise and peppercorn sauces. The well-seasoned cut is perfectly cooked, so the sauces are gilding the lily. Yo
Venue says: “Join us for Happy Hour Mon-Sun 4pm-8pm, Oysters $1.5, Draft Beer $6, Well Drinks $8, House Wines $8, and Cocktail of the Day $10”