Banzai Burger, an ambitious new venture, is up and running on the Napeague Stretch in Amagansett.
What makes it ambitious isn’t so much its burgers-meet-sushi menu (which sounds like a surefire winner) but rather its location: a revolving door site that’s housed a dozen predecessors during the past two decades. The most recent was last summer's entry, Mahon’s Seafood Shack.
Banzai co-owner Steve Kasuba said that everything has been “lightened and brightened” inside and out. There’s alfresco dining at umbrella tables as well as an outdoor Pingpong table and bar.
In addition to serving a classic burger with Vermont Cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato ($15), chef Alan Hughes offers such items as a mako shark burger ($12), a lobster roll ($21) and a lamb burger with goat cheese ($18), all served with herb fries.
Sushi chef Isao Yoshimura (who hails from central Japan) features on his menu an eel dragon roll ($20), assorted sashimi ($19) and yellowtail jalapeño ($17).
According to Kasuba, the restaurant’s name alludes, primarily, to a surfing break in Hawaii and not to the battle cry associated with World War II's Japanese suicide attacks. ("Banzai" literally means "ten thousand years" in Japanese; the soldiers were willing their emperor to a long life.)
If the restaurant does attain long life at this most challenging site, it may spell the end of a longtime hex.
Banzai Burger is at 2095 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett; 631-267-3175
Above, mako shark burger at Banzai Burger in Amagansett