Suishaya, a Korean-Japanese restaurant in Chinatown, is one of the best choices for sushi in the neighborhood. And the Korean food is great, too. The nondescript facade gives way to an often boisterous scene, filled with local families, college students and workers from the nearby hospital. Open for lunch as well as dinner, Suishaya offers a fine selection of lunch box offerings and inventive rolls. It's known for mandu
, a Korean pot sticker, as well as for Korean standbys bi bim bap
(beef and fried eggs with vegetables over rice) and bulgogi
(broiled sliced beef.) At the outset, a server will approach with the traditional offerings that precede a Korean meal - little snacks to nibble on while you peruse the menu - such as tofu, kimchee and soybeans. Seaweed salad and crab-avocado salad are both excellent, cold and fresh, and are served in martini glasses. Along with other special house rolls, the sashimi and nigiri are well-regarded and of high quality. The restaurant serves food until 2 am nightly and discounts certain menu items after 10 pm.
"ORDER THIS: Tony's Special Maki ... I don't know who Tony is, but
he loves the same flavors we do. Salmon, cucumber, burdock root and
avocado rolled around paper-thin slices of daikon radish. It's light and
rich at the same time."