One of Harlem’s hidden gems is Nikko’s Hibachi off the West Side highway. Providing great variety in food, drinks and setting , this Japanese restaurant is perfect for fun large groups or an even an intimate date night.
The first thing to note is that Nikko’s Hibachi is actually a decent size; most NYC restaurants are cramped and crowded but this place has a full sitting/dining room and a separate room with 4 hibachi tables, seating 8 at each. While they ever regular food and sushi in the restaurant, I spend all of my time at the Hibachi tables. For the amount of food you get, and the selection offered the price is incredibly reasonable. For “any two items of chicken, steak, shrimp, scallop, salmon and filet mignon,” you only pay $25. The two person combo (Lobster tail, filet mignon, shrimp, scallop for 2) is $58, or you can have your own personal seafood combo (Shrimp, scallop, lobster tail) for $35. Extras are anywhere from $4-$15 (I like to get extra rice so that I have a decent amount of leftovers 😉). Some people (myself included) are particular about making sure their rice has egg in it — no worries, it’s standard & you can ask for extra, if you’d like.
The service is actually top notch. The hibachi world is incredibly systematic because the chef needs to gather the right ingredients and bring them from the kitchen to prepare them at your table. Everyone is incredibly particular and attentive to allergies; I witness someone with a seafood allergy eat at my table & survive 😳 (they waited to cook my shrimp last tho 😒). Food always comes out fast & they kinda encourage you to wrap up quickly as well. Without asking, they will bring soup and salad appetizers for no extra cost. But they put carry out containers on the table almost as soon as the chef leaves. Even though they’re super busy, you’ll still feel special and attended to. Last time I went, our waiter was busy but the bartender wasn’t, so he brought my drink to me with no problem!
If you’re up on the west side of 125th, head over to Nikko’s Hibachi & let me know how you like it!