6 at 77th St.
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65th St. to 92nd St., York Ave. to Fifth Ave.
This venue is closed.
Sushi Hana’s focus is on the traditional, but the hot and spicy rolls and the crusted cooked fish dishes offer the real excitement here. Two flavor-infused rolls in particular are reason to come: the Volcano roll, with its exterior of fiery tuna around fried calamari, jalapeño peppers and scallions; and the Caribbean roll, wrapped with thin slices of mango—the sweetness of the fruit provides a cool counterpoint to the piquant filling of spicy tuna, tempura flakes, red onion, caviar, and mint leaves. Just as remarkable are the wasabi-pea-and-panko-crusted salmon and sesame-and-shiso-leaf-crusted Chilean sea bass, both prepared in light but flavorful sauces. The interior of the restaurant is as stylish as the preparations. Open for business since 1995, Sushi Hana underwent a complete renovation a decade later, reopening in late 2005 with a brand new look. Greenhouse-style floor-to-ceiling windows define the Second Avenue and 78th Street facades, and inside, metallic earth tones and blond wood. A bar with a translucent tile top glows from within, and in the back, a smiling Buddha sits in a wall alcove, watching over chefs hard at work at the sushi bar.Recommended Dishes
Chilean Sea Bass, $22; Caribbean roll, $11; volcano roll, $11