Can you name Frank Gehry's favorite color off the top of your head? If the answer (silver) flashed before your eyes, then the sleek interior of Tank Sushi might be just the place for your architectural taste buds to feast. Cutting-edge design is effortlessly intermingled with comfort, and Tank is filled with well-dressed patrons, evoking a scene reminiscent of a chic restaurant in NYC. Despite the usual attitude that comes with minimalist design, the staff is friendly—the host was all smiles and wrist flips as he explained that it was a 15 minute wait to be seated. On Saturdays and Sundays before 6 p.m., Tank becomes a town hall or sorts, as all the locals (such as myself) come for half-off maki.
Electro-club music with an Asian twist drowns out the voices of the table next to you—a miraculous task as the wooden tables sit only inches apart. The veil provided by the music allows privacy for the meal; it's the perfect place to come and dish your dirty laundry to your old college roommate.
Standard wine and sake options aside, the drink lists offers up movie-inspired drinks such as the Godzilla ($9), a sour apple Effen vodka drink with a splash of soda. The menu is equally inventive offering appetizers like the stir-fried fingerling potatoes with shitake and asparagus in fresh gingery pesto ($4). Of course, the main attraction at Tank is the fresh sushi and adventurous maki rolls. The Ocean Sundae has garnered a cult following with its eclectic mix of shrimp, tempura, cream cheese, avocado, tobiko chili sauce, scallions and wasabi mayo. Tank is pricey (the average meal will set you back about $30), but well worth saving up for.
Centerstage Reviewer: Maude Standish