Benihana is our family favorite! We've gone to this restaurant for my children's birthday every single year for the past 6 years! Even when my daughter turned 10 she wanted her dinner at Benihana. The food is definitely secondary to the experience. My kids love watching the food cooked on the stove at the table. They get a kick out of watching the chefs play around with the food. Whether it's creating a beating heart out of the brown rice or watching the onion colcanoes spew smoke, these tricks never seem to get old. Thank god they recently renovated the midtown Manhattan location. It was a bit dingy and dirty prior but, now feels more spacious and clean. Be prepared to overeat and to smell like the food for the next few days. While the menu is extremely basic (chicken, meat, rice, shrimp, veggies) and you might gasp at the amount of lard/butter used for cooking, you'll have a very memorable night out. This is a family-friendly establishment that's often crowded with birthday parties so make reservations at least one month ahead.
A great place for those who want to enjoy a delicious food. It is not cheap, but the food and service you receive are top-notch. Sake "Born" is my favorite ;) Bar sits are the best: you get your order slightly faster, you see a chef preparing your dishes, and, if there are many dishes you have never eaten before, you can observe people around you and order something you spotted on your neighbor's plate ;). If you feel tired and want to freshen-up, just ask a chef to prepare a refreshing dish for you... It is that simple. If you do not clearly remember the proper chopsticks etiquette, make sure you google it before visiting the restaurant. (Just imagine yourself going to Arpège and not knowing which one of the three forks to choose to eat your favorite Savarins). P.S.: IMPORTANT! This is one of only two Sushi restaurants in NYC where I eat raw fish without worrying about catching parasites or having an upset stomach.
I'm definitely a sushi lover and this has been one of my favorite sushi restaurants for the last 5 years. When I want an upscale or fine sushi dinner I always head to Haru. I've even been to Haru Boston a couple of times. The sushi is fresh, the portions are large and the drinks are great. My favorite drink is the berries and bubbles. Oh and if you're a crab lover then you have to try the steamed crab dumplings for an appetizer. They are melt in your mouth good. The service is always on point and they've never disappointed. If you're heading there on a Friday or Saturday night you may want to make a reservation because it can get crowed, especially summer nights. This Haru usually has a young hip crowd and sometimes they even have a DJ. Music, sushi and a cool hip vibe is all I need on a Saturday night and Haru always delivers. Hope you enjoy it as much as I always do.