New Warehouse District Restaurant Brings Sushi Back to West Sixth

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On Tuesday, November 11th, the Warehouse District’s newest restaurant quietly opened its doors. Hanabi Japanese Restaurant (1313 West 6th St., 216-298-5060) is operated by Dong Park, who owns two restaurants in New York. This is his first in Downtown Cleveland. Park converted the old Nova Bar & Grill, an Argentinean eatery that recently closed, into a contemporary warehouse space with a sushi bar and dining room seating.

Diners can expect a lengthy menu of familiar Japanese and Pan-Asian dishes that include sushi, sashimi, rolls and specialty rolls. Starters range from miso soup and edamame to gyoza, veggie tempura and chicken yakitori.

In addition to the traditional sushi and sashimi offerings — and combinations thereof — there are roughly 40 specialty rolls ranging in creativity and price. The Calamari Roll is filled with fried squid and avocado, the Black Dragon is a California Roll (crab stick, avocado and cuke) topped with eel, fish roe and crunchy tempura bits, the Real Crab Roll boasts, you guessed it, real blue crab, avocado and spicy mayo.

The wide-ranging menu doesn’t stop there. Korean staples like bibimbop and bulgogi join Japanese katsu — pounded, panko-breaded and fried pork or chicken — and various teriyaki bowls. Noodle fans have their pick from a half-dozen different options.

Hanabi is open for lunch and dinner.

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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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