Dine on the Deck at Aqua House, the Newest Waterfront Hibachi Hut

Photo: Daniel Maurer

The Howard Beach area boasts its share of over-the-top hibachi joints, starting with the original, Dannys Szechuan Garden, a three-decades-old bi-level Chinese-Japanese palace where you can get a Benihana-style show at your table and (should you order frozen drinks) souvenir tiki mugs. Across from Dannys, theres glowing waterfront spot Frenasia. And now, a bit farther south in sleepy Broad Channel, theres Aqua House, a sprawling newcomer from a former chef at a Long Island Benihana.

Aqua House just opened in the old Shogun 1 space, a secluded hut perched right over Jamaica Bay, with the requisite outdoor deck and a view spanning the water from JFK to the Cross Bay Bridge. Up front, there is a sushi bar and a small cocktail lounge. The back room consists of communal tables with built-in grills where chefs in paper hats offer performances almost identical to the ones at Dannys complete with flying utensils, eyebrow-singeing eruptions of fire, flaming onion volcanoes, and squirt bottles of what your chef might jokingly tell you is Johnson & Johnsons baby oil.

The Japanese fusion dishes are theatrical in their own right: Check out the lunch menu below for an idea of the offerings (with the addition of $30-and-under hibachi combos such as lobster and steak or scallop and shrimp, the dinner menu is similar). Just note that tiki drinks are not served aside from the figurine of the chubby kid who puts out fires with its pee, this is a classy establishment, so opt for sake.

Lunch Menu
Aqua House Salad - 5
Lettuce, Fried tofu, turnips in house dressing

Rock Shrimp Salad - 9
Rock shrimp tempura and mixed green with chefs special dressing

Asparagus Salad - 6
Asparagus, red bell pepper, spinach, turnips and ginger dressing

Sashimi & Avocado - 9
Tuna, white fish, and avocado

Rainbow Seaweed Salad - 7
Cucumber, red pepper and four kinds of seaweed

Seared Tuna Salad - 10
6 pieces of seared tuna

Crab Salad - 7
Crabmeat, masago and tempura flakes mixed with mayonnaise

Sahsimi & Vegetable - 12
Tuna, white tuna, salmon, white fish and garden

Tofu Miso Soup 2.5
Tofu, wakame seaweed and scallion

Tokyo Noodle Soup - 5
Chicken, celery, carrot cellophane noodle

Beef Onion Soup - 6
Mushroom and onion in beef broth

Seafood Kim Chee Soup - 6
Lobster, scallop, calm and kim chee

Lemongrass Hot & Sour Soup - 6
Shrimp scalloip ccellophane noodle in tom yum broth

Clam Soup - 8
Clam soup in soy bean milk base

Hot Appetizer
Edamame - 4

Gyoza - 5
Pan fried dumplings (choiuce of vegetable, wasabi chicken, or shrimp)

Shrimp Shumai -5
Steamed shrimp dumplings

Yakitori - 6
Chicken on skewer, served with teriyaki sauce

Harumaki - 6
Crispy Japanese vegetable spring roll

Beef negimaki - 7
Thin slice of beef rolled with scallion and served with teriyaki sauce

Chicken Negimaki - 7
Thin slice of chicken rolled with scallion and served with teriyaki sauce

Calmari Tempura - 7
Japanese style fried calamari

Tempura Appetizer - 8
2 pcs of shrimp, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potato and pumpkin tempura

Soft Shell Crab - 8
Deep fried soft shell crab served with tempura sauce

Daisy Shrimp - 10
5 pcs of shrimp served with wasabi mayo and chili sauce, garnished with lemon

Fried Snow Ball - 10
Crabmeat, mayonnaise

Geisha Tofu - 11
Fried tofu with rock shrimp, mushroom and scallion, served with sweet & sour miso sauce

Fried Oyster - 13
Deep fried fresh oyster served with tonkatsu sauce

Aqua House Lamb Chop - 13
Premium New Zealand lamb chop served with red wine sauce

Lunch Special
(Served with miso soup and salad, and white or brown rice, Mon-Fri, 11:30 a.m. till 3 p.m.)
Sushi Lunch - 9
4 pcs of sushi and 1 California roll

Sashimi & Maki - 10
5 pcs of sashimi and 1 tuna roll

Tekka Don - 9
Pan seared tuna on a bed of rice

Hibachi Chicken - 9
Sauteed chicken, hibachi style with fried shumai and vegetable

Steak Teriyaki - 11
Grilled steak, served with wasabi chicken, gyoza and mixed vegetable

Unagi Don - 10
Broiled eel on rice

Japanese Shrimp Hamburger - 9
Served with zucchini, scallion and bbq sauce

Vegetable Sushi Lunch
2 pcs of vegetable sushi & 2 vegetable rolls

Sushi & Tempura
4 pcs of sushi & 2 pieces of shrimp tempura

Salmon Teriyaki - 10
Grilled salmon, serv3ed with 2 pcs vegetable gyoza and mixed vegetable

Chili Chicken - 10
Sauteed chicken with chili sauce, served with fried shumai and vegetable

Hibachi Shrimp & Scallop - 12
Sauteed shrimp and scallop, hibachi style, served with shrimp gyoza and mixed vegetable

Japanese Chicken Hamburger - 9
Served with spinach, pickle and lemon sauce

Japanese Steak Hamburger - 11
Served with tomato, onion, teriyaki sauce

Cold Appetizer
Tuna Tartar - 11
Freshly chopped blue fin tuna, mixed garlic, onion, and a wasabi sauce

Tuna Tataki - 11
Pan seared tuna dipped with yuzu sauce, garnished with lettuce, cucumber, and daikon

Spicy Tuna Pasta - 14
Italian pasta stuffed with spicy tuna, served with chili tomato paste

Live Oyster - 15
6 pcs of live oyster served in half shell with house special dipping sauce

Yellowtail Japalapeno - 15
6 pcs of yellowtail ashimi on a bed of jalapeno dressing, garnished with slice jalapeno

Coconut Tree - 19
Smoked salmon and spicy scallop stuffed in coconut shell, served with jalapeno sauce

Wasabi Peppered Tuna - 12
6 pcs of peppered tuna sashimi drizzled with wasabi mayo

Mango Tuna - 13
Blue fin tuna ashimi rolled up with sweet ripe Asian mango, tossed mango sals

Seafood Ceviche - 12
Mixed raw fish with spicy yuzu sauce

Usuzkuri - 12
Thinkly spiced fluke served with traditional ponzu sauce

Spring Tuna - 13
Tuna avocado cucumber asparagus

Seared Scallop - 10
Seared live scallop with mango salad

Sushi Bar Appetizer
Hamachi Kama - 15
Grilled yellowtail neck, lightly salted

Sushi Pizza - 16
Soft rice crust with spicy tuna and seared salmon as toppings

Sashimi Infinity - 19
Four kinds of sashimi (2 pc of each)

Toro Tartar - 29
Chopped fatty tuna with garlic onion and wasabi sauce

Lunch Sushi Rolls
Choice of any two rolls for $8.95 or three rolls for $11.95 served with miso soup and salad
Spicy California
Golden California
Spicy Tuna
Spicy Salmon

Aqua House, 2227 Van Brunt Rd., Broad Channel; 718-318-2888