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The Howard Beach area boasts its share of over-the-top hibachi joints, starting with the original, Danny’s Szechuan Garden, a three-decades-old bi-level Chinese-Japanese palace where you can get a Benihana-style show at your table and (should you order frozen drinks) souvenir tiki mugs. Across from Danny’s, there’s glowing waterfront spot Frenasia. And now, a bit farther south in sleepy Broad Channel, there’s Aqua House, a sprawling newcomer from a former chef at a Long Island Benihana. Aqua House just opened in the old Shogun 1 space, a secluded hut perched right over Jamaica Bay, with the requisite outdoor deck and a view spanning the water from JFK to the Cross Bay Bridge. Up front, there is a sushi bar and a small cocktail lounge. The back room consists of communal tables with built-in grills where chefs in paper hats offer performances almost identical to the ones at Danny’s complete with flying utensils, eyebrow-singeing eruptions of fire, flaming onion volcanoes, and squirt bottles of what your chef might jokingly tell you is Johnson & Johnson’s baby oil. The Japanese fusion dishes are theatrical in their own right: Check out the lunch menu below for an idea of the offerings (with the addition of $30-and-under hibachi combos such as lobster and steak or scallop and shrimp, the dinner menu is similar). Just note that tiki drinks are not served aside from the figurine of the chubby kid who puts out fires with its pee, this is a classy establishment, so opt for sake.
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