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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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