WINE DINE & FOOTLIGHTS
|Haru has opened a new location on West 43rd Street in the Times Square Building.|
A sushi press dinner? Why, yes, of course! I’m never one to turn down a delicious meal, particularly sushi, which Mike and I don’t seem to eat often enough. We’ve dined at Haru on the Upper West Side a number of times –– one of the few consistent eateries in our neighborhood –– and always have a positive experience characterized by fresh food, a fun atmosphere, and pleasant service. But the Times Square location was a first for us.
Not only were we privileged to sit in the new private party space (which was awesomely chic, by the way), but we savored a tasty sampling from just about every section of the restaurant’s menu.
|The private party space is chic.
These dishes were the highlights during my evening at Haru Times Square.
Trio of Fish Tacos
I have to confess; each trip to Haru calls for an order of these fish tacos because they are that dynamite. The mini hard shells come packed with tuna, salmon and striped bass, cherry tomato salsa, avocado, apple yuzu ceviche sauce, and topped with a cilantro garnish. These tacos are clean, cool and refreshing every time. The crunch is a nice contrast to the ceviche, which I find to be more flavorful than many others I’ve tasted.
Popcorn Shrimp Tempura
These shrimp were perfectly cooked with the right amount of salt, and came with a spicy creamy sauce that complemented the tempura nicely.
Tuna wrapped around spicy tuna, cucumber and avocado, topped with gold leaf. Don’t let the gold leaf garnish scare you, it is entirely edible! Loved this roll.
Gramercy Park Roll
Crunch spicy albacore tuna and jalapenos wrapped with tuna, yellowtail and salmon, topped with lemon, cilantro, tobiko, and yuzu miso sauce. This roll was absolutely stellar and different from others I’ve tried in the past.
All of Haru’s sushi and rolls are yummy and worth trying. I recommend sticking with the rolls if you are not a seasoned sushi eater. Although I eat almost all types of sushi, the one item that I cannot eat –– and is not for the faint of heart–– is sea urchin, which is an acquired taste.
Grilled Spicy Garlic Shrimp marinated in hot chili sauce
Crunchy with a kick, this jumbo shrimp dish is completely different than the popcorn shrimp, and perfect for sharing.
The Red Lotus
This special summer cocktail is made with peach vodka, lychees, cranberry juice and fresh lime. Order this signature libation through September, or choose from a host of other selections on Haru’s drink menu.
But the time we reached dessert, I was so full, yet I managed to sneak a bite of the Banana Spring Roll, which is not super sweet but more toothsome and an appropriate finish to a multi-course feast. I let Mike eat most of my portion!
I also want to mention that even though I’ve never been a huge fan of sake (usually prefer to drink Sapporo or Kirin Ichiban with sushi), I thoroughly enjoyed Haru’s choices for our meal. Their sake collection is worth checking out, as is this new Times Square location.
|Until next sushi, Haru!|