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.
Healthy eaters will be happy to know they have another option in Hell’s Kitchen, whether you want to dine in or take your food to go. Purektchn serves up mainly vegan and vegetarian fare, though you’ll find a few shrimp and tuna dishes on the menu. The restaurant uses only organic ingredients, with no added sugar or fried foods in sight. At breakfast, you might want to go sweet with an acai bowl topped with granola ($9.95) or a Green Sunshine smoothie ($7.50). For lunch or dinner, you might opt for one of their hearty salads, like the avocado-beet number or the caesar salad with coconut “bacon” and chickpea croutons (both $9.95). The menu also includes plenty of bowls, like the baked falafel bowl with beet hummus ($10.95), shrimp sushi bowl with rice ($10.95), nori and spicy cashew sauce or the butternut squash bowl with lentils, cauliflower and kale ($10.50).
Venue says: “Vegan–friendly health food Eatery. Nothing fried, no added sugars, no chemicals, 100% pure and organic ingredients. - Dine–in or take–out.”