The sushi bar has become a stage and more at Asian restaurants. Here are three places where you can enjoy the show -- and the raw fish. The colorful trio also succeeds with cooked fare.
New to Huntington: The Black Lantern Sushi Den & Ultra Lounge, a striking, two-floor eatery, with sleek, glittery style and a courtyard, too. The sushi bar is upstairs, but you'll find plenty of activity at street level. The commitment here is to the green and the antioxidant, the sustainable and the eco-friendly. Tempuras, sushi rolls, bunless sliders are good.
The Black Lantern Sushi Den & Ultra Lounge is at 10 Wall St., Huntington; 631-923-2022.
Nisen Sushi in Woodbury boasts a dramatic, over-the-top dining area, with food that fits right in. Lobster tacos, miso black cod, yellowtail jalapeno, sushi rolls, main dishes such as Kobe filet mignon au poivre and Lola duck in a blood orange-Port wine reduction. Nisen also has a sharp restaurant at 5032 Jericho Tpke. in Commack; 631-462-1000.
Nisen in Woodbury is at 7967 Jericho Tpke.; 516-496-7000.
Two Steak & Sushi Den in New Hyde Park is a deftly designed restaurant, modern and elegant. The food is often exceptional, whether you're drawn to the first-class sushi or such dishes as porterhouse steak with red wine sauce, Painted Hills strip steak, English pea ravioli, lobster salad or seared pork dumplings.
Two is at 1270 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park; 516-358-2222.