Mon-Thu, noon-2:30pm and 5pm-11pm; Fri, noon-2:30pm and 5pm-midnight; Sat, 1pm-midnight; Sun, 1pm-11pm
1 at 79th St.; B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History
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59th St. to 106th St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.
This venue is closed.
In Tokyo, Roppongi is a notably raffish nightclub district. Its namesake on the Upper West Side is more sedate, but no less inviting: an attractive, cheerfully well-lit Japanese restaurant that draws a crowd of confirmed regulars. Here sushi chefs remix traditional offerings into fresh, handsome confections with West Coast fusion accents. A sterling example is the five flavor sashimi, which looks like a parade of artfully simple miniature floats. A cube of toro is wisely paired with mango salsa, yellowtail with guacamole and celery, and salmon with green olive moromi miso; only the tuna clashes with its accompanying tart orange compote. The sushi rolls are also smartly dressed with complementary ingredients and sauces. The Green Bee roll throws a veil of pale green wasabi caviar around a salmon-avocado combo; the Crunch roll combines pink and soft spicy tuna with snappy asparagus, onion tempura flakes and tobiko caviar. The crackling result is a colorful treat and a riot of textures. For the sushi-shy, there's a magnanimously wide range of cooked fish, including the house specialógrilled codfish marinated in soybean paste and served in a pool of delicate white miso.Extra
These sushi modernists cater a lot of private parties.Recommended Dishes
Octopus salad, $8; crunch roll, $7; Hawaii roll, $12; grilled cod fish, $22