Huntington Heats Up
By Leah & Arlette/
In one word, Samurai, the Japanese steakhouse
on Wall Street, is flashy. Flames burst from all around you
throughout the night, knives are juggled and bits of food
are being freely thrown. Yet since all of that is in the hands
of the hibachi chef, diners can sit back and enjoy the show.
The atmosphere has a dark, Asian style, with a bar in the
front for drinks including a yummy pomegranate martini for
while you wait if you come on a busy night.
Its hibachi style seating, which means you will be seated
with strangers, or new friends, as they prefer to be called.
The loud atmosphere makes it a great place to bring a large
group, and it’s one of the most kid-friendly places
in the village. In fact, even on a Saturday night, they were
everywhere. We came across the birthday party for a 12-year-old
who chose Samurai to his mother’s relief that he didn’t
pick Prime as the place to bring his nine friends. But at
Samurai, even serious adults are entertained the entire time
by the excitement of having the hibachi chef prepare food
at their table.
For starters, there is Gyoza ($6), pan-fried light dumplings
served with a zesty vinegar sauce as well as different kinds
of tempura, like vegetable ($7), and shrimp ($8). Eda-mame
($5) is always a crowd pleaser and fun to share.
The sushi bar serves up some fabulous fish. The Tuna Carpaccio
($9) served with a spicy horseradish sauce was fresh and filling.
After ordering, we barely had to wait before our waitress
brought it over.
We also tried the Tsunami Roll ($12) with slices of white
tuna and salmon over spicy crunchy salmon. There is a variety
of rolls available from the cucumber ($3.50) to the specials,
such as the Lobster Fantasy Roll ($12) with shrimp, crabmeat,
cucumber, and Japanese vegetables topped with crunchy spicy
Then it was showtime. The highlight of the evening is when
the chef steps up to your table and begins to perform, and
of course cook. A tall man dressed in white came over and
started flipping his silver spatulas while the grill heated
up. He sliced and diced the delicious veggies, while a waitress
brought over soup and salad for the entire table at once.
We each got an individual serving of rice, white or brown.
We ordered the Chicken Hibachi ($17) and the Shrimp Hibachi
($19). There is also Sirloin steak ($21) or Filet Mignon ($26),
Scallop ($20), Salmon or Flounder ($19), or Lobster tails
Our new friends ordered the steak, and loved it.
Yet for those who don’t want to watch their food be
cooked before them, there is teriyaki and tempura of all different
sorts as well as sushi entrees that pair various combinations
for a savory meal.
Last but certainly not least, there is a kid’s menu.
46A Gerard Street
Huntington NY 11743
Hours: Closed Mondays
Tue, Wed, Thurs
and Sun: 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fri and Sat 3:30 p.m. to Midnight
Cuisine: Japanese Steak House
Atmosphere: Fun, relaxed