Hiro Sushi at Ollie’s just opened on 68th Street and Freedom Place (just East of Riverside Boulevard), replacing The Backyard @ 160, which closed a few months ago. The restaurant is a spinoff of the Ollie’s Chinese food chain, with a twist: they’re now serving Japanese food.
Ollie’s is a well-known chain on the Upper West Side, offering serviceable belly-filling Chinese food. There’s an Ollie’s Noodle Shop on 67th Street near the Apple store, and a to-go spot on 89th Street, among others.
Hiro at Ollie’s, which opened after Thanksgiving, is still tweaking the menu: “Some people don’t like or recognize some dishes,” an employee told us.
The restaurant serves Shabu-Shabu, a Japanese hot pot with noodles, vegetables and meat all cooked at your table. Sukiyaki, another Japanese stew, is also on the menu.
They may add “a little more American” style Chinese food.
General Tso, anyone?
According to one menu posted to Four Square, they already have Kung Pao Beef and Chicken with Broccoli. Sounds plenty American-style to me. The restaurant itself hasn’t yet posted a menu online.
Has anyone tried Hiro yet? Let us know what you think.
Thanks to Denton and Shira for the photos, and to Sheila, Shira and Denton for the tips.