Monday, June 18 marks the start of the new mouthwatering menu selections at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown. Executive Chef Tai Obata is adding clam udon, sake-steamed clams served over udon noodles in a sake cream broth ($13.25) and edamame and spinach dip served warm with wonton chips ($5.25). Five new plates have been added especially for sharing ($9.25-$12.75). Holy Shishito Chicken is Asian-breaded chicken lightly fried and sautéed in a chili-sesame sauce, tossed with fried shishito peppers, onions, and green and red peppers. Drunken Clams ($12.75) and Drunken Black Mussels ($9.25) are steamed in sake and sautéed in garlic and seasoned soy sauce. Bonfire Shrimp pack heat, tossed in a chili sauce with fried shishito peppers ($11.75) while grilled salmon with garlicky green beans provides a lighter option, drizzled with spicy yuzu sauce. Always popular Asian chicken wings ($7.25) now come in three flavor options: sesame garlic, black pepper teriyaki and chili ponzu. New crispy Asian tacos come in five different flavors including spicy tuna, steamed chicken with Asian veggies, spicy salmon, "RA"ckin' shrimp and crispy white fish ($7.50-$9.25).
RA Sushi is also serving up five new drinks ($8-$9). Strawberry purée comes together with Svedka Citron and Nigori sake in the Strawberry Saketini, and the Coconut Moshi Mojito muddles Cruzan Estate Light Rum with summer's fresh lime, fresh mint and coconut flavors. Waist watchers can sip three new skinny cocktails: the Cucumber Collins, Kiwi-berry Kiss and Lycheetini.
International Sushi Day was designated as June 18 in 2009 and was officially entered into Chase's Calendar of Events in 2010. Sushi lovers mark the day by eating more sushi. Anyone who "likes" RA Sushi on Facebook that day can print a special offer good for one complimentary Tootsy Maki between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on June 18. Get those chopsticks ready!