New owners have taken over Sushi Hana at 466 Amsterdam Avenue (82nd) and have turned the restaurant into a fusion spot called Amaze, serving Chinese and Thai food as well as Japanese cuisine like sushi. The restaurant opened today.
Sushi Hana closed a little over a week ago, telling customers in a note on the gate that they were doing “some cleaning in the kitchen.” (photos below) They said they’d be closed from Monday to Wednesday, but clearly the new owners had bigger plans.
Sushi Hana has a mixed reputation, but it was a staple midpriced sushi spot for many Upper West Siders. New York magazine found its quirks appealing: “This moderately sized Japanese spot livens up the vibe with a fluorescent-lit bar serving froufrou drinks and sake bottles employed as decorative accents…The eggplant sandwich is even more inventive, with soft crab between two carpaccio-thin slices of fried eggplant, topped off with salmon, spicy tuna, and creamy Dijon mustard.”
Multiple restaurants that once focused on a single Asian cuisine have become “fusion” spots in the past couple of months, including Ivy’s Chinese Restaurant (now Amcook Fusion) on 72nd, and Hiro @ Ollie’s on 68th, a new concept from Chinese chain Ollie’s. Owners seem to think that Upper West Siders simply can’t choose one Asian cuisine when they go out for dinner. And here we thought the whole fusion craze died out in the 1990’s.
If you prefer “fusion” restaurants to Chinese or Japanese ones, please let us know why in the comments below.
Thanks to Rebecca Frey for the Amaze photo and tip.