By Christine Gritmon. Read the story on lohud.com.
Mizu Hibachi & Sushi Lounge, a cavernous 200-seat restaurant that opened in February, is divided into four main areas — hibachi, restaurant, sushi and bar — each with a unique feel, but a similarly chic, lounge-y vibe.
The walls are bathed in a rich red with black accents. Rope is used as décor, calling to mind ships in one place, a bamboo forest in another, and coordinating with a display of circular rattan table mats that create a surprisingly modern pop-art effect on a wall in front.
The hibachi area features 10 generously sized stations topped in sleek black granite, where experienced, entertaining chefs put on a fiery show. The menu offers a wide variety of choices including scallops, lobster tails, sirloin Angus steak, and filet mignon.
The “Asian Kitchen” section of the menu is predominantly Japanese with other East Asian influences. It can be ordered anywhere in the restaurant, though there are restaurant tables set aside from the hibachi area.
Popular entrees include organic Southeast Asia roasted chicken, cooked in a clay pot with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, ginger, and Thai fried rice; rack of lamb served with a jicama and apple salad and red wine teriyaki; and a miso-marinated Chilean sea bass. The menu also offers lunch specials and bento boxes. For dessert, don’t miss the green tea or red bean “mochi” ice cream (pounded sticky rice with an ice cream filling).
The sushi bar is highlighted by a large, bright mural of koi fish (considered good luck in Japan) and adorned with potted bamboo (a lucky plant in China). The menu of signature rolls includes the locally inspired Stop & Shop Roll (spicy tuna, cucumber and avocado, topped with eel and caviar) and the New City Roll (spicy salmon, eel and avocado, topped with salmon and ikura and served with seaweed salad and eel sauce). Specials change regularly. There are also menu sections devoted to cooked rolls and vegetarian rolls.
The chic lounge area features egg-like cocoon lights hanging over a granite bar with a wooden beadboard face. A wide selection of beer, wine and signature cocktails is available, as are Happy Hour specials. There’s a slate of rotating monthly promotions for both the bar and restaurant areas, which will be featured on the Facebook page.
If you go …
Mizu Hibachi Restaurant & Lounge, Stop & Shop/Walgreens Shopping Center, 186 N. Main St., New City. 845-634-1590, http://www.mizuny.com.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday.
Great for: Big Groups, Date Night, Solo Dining, Take Out, Cocktails, Dining at the Bar, Entertainment, Girls’ Night Out, Kid Friendly, Meeting for a Drink, Open Kitchen, Going Out on Mondays, People Watching, Romantic, Dinner with Grandparents, Singles Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Vegetarians