Hours: Dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till midnight, other nights till 11
Sushi in a psychedelic space.
With its aquarium-like psychedelic trappings and late kitchen, Agami is clearly poised to tap into Uptown's nightlife scene. The extensive menu includes novelty items like the "spicy tuna rice crispy," rectangles of crisp buttered rice topped with spicy tuna tartare and a thin slice of jalapeño. Among the cooked appetizers the ginger chicken roll, a hefty battered cylinder of chicken, asparagus, and bell peppers in a sweetly smoky ginger teriyaki sauce, was practically an entree in itself. A plate of sashimi was beautifully presented, with thin, firm, shockingly fresh slices of tuna, salmon, shrimp, octopus, and—my pet among the fishier fishes—mackerel. The list of elaborate signature makis is a little overwhelming, but the Green Turtle maki we tried was a dense, sweet, rich construction of grilled eel, avocado, and tempura crunch topped with wasabi tobiko and shrimp. Arranged in a circle and outfitted with a smiling turtle's head of wasabi paste and a tail of caramelized eel, it was also adorable. In addition to specialty cocktails heavy on the flavored vodkas, there are wines, Japanese beers, and sakes, including a couple of sake flights.
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This sushi spot and bar is a psychedelic fun house of aquatic-themed design. Bulbous columns rise from the floor like giant sea anemones; a video wash turns one wall into a prismatic waterfall; a wide flat-screen monitor embedded in the wall-size wine rack separating the bar from the dining areas screens an endless loop of aquarium porn. The cocktail list is dominated by flavored vodka drinks, almost without exception sweet; there are also wines, Japanese beers, and sakes. —Martha Bayne