I am miserable at keeping secrets.
Fortunately, this is one secret I am happy to divulge.
Iron Chef House is a delightful neighborhood sushi restaurant that ought to be a destination for those who don't live in Brooklyn Heights. It's worth the trip -- for the grilled fatty tuna belly ($12.95) alone.
"It's the best part of the tuna," says owner and veteran sushi chef John Li. "Tuna is a wild fish. You must know how to pick a good one."
I couldn't agree more. Li knows how to pick fish. When the fish trucks leave Fulton Fish Market, their first stop in Brooklyn is Iron Chef House and the demanding Chef Li.
What to order
- Salt and Pepper Shrimp crispy jumbo shrimp and spinach served with spicy peanut sauce
- Grilled Tuna Belly (ask if you don't see it)
- The Monster a platter that lives up to the name with the day's freshest fish,crabmeat, mango and avocado
- Grilled Chilean Sea Bass served with a choice of Chef's special fantasy miso sauce or butter soy sauce
This intimate restaurant with its exposed brick and bamboo accents is a great place for a date -- first or 50th. Service at Iron Chef House is the best blend of friendly and unobtrusive - from a staff who knows how to pamper their guests without hovering.
The food is fresh, visually appealing, moderately priced and - of course - tastes great. That's why this little restaurant packs them in, even on typically slow nights.
Li is not only a veteran sushi Chef, he is super personable and loves to create special dishes. Don't hesitate. Just ask. And be pleasantly surprised. Dinner for two with drinks - under $50.