In the US, hibachi, often used interchangeably with “teppanyaki”, is a broad-brush term for food cooked to order over an iron griddle. The food is a mix of meats, vegetables, rice, or noodles seasoned with soy cooked right in front of diners on a huge iron griddle. It’s dinner and a show all in one – eaters sit right at the griddle, like in a sushi bar. The cook arrives, knives in a holster, and sets the show in motion. He chops, tosses, and flips as the ingredients sizzle and hiss. A small flame rises, and the eaters shriek in excitement. When the food is served, fresh off the griddle, all the ingredients taste lively from the heat. Read on for some of the most popular places to get hibachi in North Jersey.
Ayame Hibachi & Sushi | 526 Washington Street, Hoboken
Ayame was the first Hibachi bar when it opened in 2011. For the uninitiated, it is a fun first-time experience. The chefs are friendly and fun, and the food is fresh and well-flavored. The restaurant also has a sushi bar, which makes excellent specialty rolls.
Inoru Hibachi | 5709 Hudson Avenue, West New York
Inoru is a small, unpretentious space geared for take-out. The food, however, is the real deal. Velvety rice, springy meat, crunchy veggies, and a zesty sauce, everything you need for a good box of hibachi. Portions are huge, so order hungry.
Mei Hibachi | 500 S River Street, Hackensack
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Mei Hibachi is an Asian fusion restaurant with a variety of hibachi choices. The cooks’ fire tricks are fun and the services are accommodating to special dietary needs. vegetarians can request their food be cooked separately on the griddle. BYOB.
Ooka Sushi Hibachi Lounge | 66 Main Avenue #200, Clifton
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Ooka – it’s as fun to say as it is to visit. This is a great spot for meeting up with friends thanks to its creative cocktail menu, featuring many drinks with Asian fruit liqueurs. Crisp service and entertaining cooking.
Otaiko Hibachi & Sushi Lounge | 125 Lefante Way, Bayonne
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This is a hibachi bar with entertaining cooking and excellent food. The setup is party-friendly. There are plenty of hibachi tables and a separate room for large groups. Wine and cocktail selections are plenty as well.
Sarku Japan | 30 Mall Drive West Space 16, 3rd Floor, Jersey City
Sarku Japan is a Japanese chain that now has hundreds of locations across the US selling made-to-order hibachi, tempura, teriyaki, and sushi rolls. Bento boxes are also available, which come with an entree, California rolls, and dumplings. Nothing fancy. This is simple Japanese fast food that can be enjoyed on the go.
Teppan Bar & Grill | 319 Warren Street, Jersey City
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The chefs don’t simply cook here, they entertain. While the meat, seafood, and noodles are sizzling on the griddle, it’s showtime for the chefs. They stoke up flames, juggle small tools, and play interactive games with guests. “The chefs at the tables are very entertaining and each one is unique in [his] own way,” a reviewer wrote. The food is good too, “a decent step above the average place,” a Reddit user said.
Tokyo Hibachi Asian Cuisine | 700 Plaza Drive, Secaucus
For most Asian Americans living in the tri-state area, their first experience with hibachi might have been at an Asian buffet. Yes, in addition to all the crispy sesame chicken and cheese-filled mushrooms, you can also have your fish or steak grilled to order at the hibachi bar.