1 at 23rd St.; F, M at 23rd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard
14th to 34th St, Park Ave to West Side Hwy.
This venue is closed.
Mixing sushi and samba has been done before; so why not rock and sake? In terms of the scene at this Chelsea spot, however, it’s more like “Disco-n-Cocktails,” with an afterthought of Japanese cuisine. Items like the Chelsea Pie (tortilla, guacamole, tuna and mango) and rolls like the Hawaii 5-0 (coconut tempura shrimp, cream cheese, mango and avocado) aren’t going to draw in sushi aficionados. With a shimmering fish dangling from the ceiling like a mirror ball, a giant arty photo of a geisha balancing maki on a samurai sword, and kitschy Ninja movies projected on the bathroom floors, the décor is as gimmicky as the theme. But here, club kids who will eventually work their way West gear up with trendy ‘tinis and sake-tails. The promise of pending revelry distracts from flaws like the middling-quality sushi and soggy, chile-basted rock shrimp tempura. But the buttery flavor of Kobe beef cooked on a hot stone triumphs over a drenching of marinade, and udon noodles stand up firmly enough to a soothing beef broth. While it’s not a destination for authentic Asian eats, this spot does know exactly who its hard-partying audience is. The chain was born in New Orleans, after all.Recommended Dishes
Niku udon, $15