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Arirang Restaurant Review: From the sizzle and juggling at the hibachi tables to the sushi bar’s exotic platings to the traditional dishes served at individual tables, there’s a lot of razzmatazz inside this attractive Japanese restaurant. The small New York-New Jersey chain’s slogan is “party’s on the grill,” but for all the theatrical slicing and dicing, and exuberant displays, the food is central. The communal hibachi tables offer seafood and steak that are genuine attractions even without the pyrotechnics. The sushi bar offerings are extensive with many rolls made for the raw-fish-shy diner, such as California rolls with avocado and cucumber in sticky rice; for the sushi lover, exotics such as coconut eel roll or striped bass sashimi in lime sauce. A “tavern menu” allows for small plate dining at the bar where such temptations as wasabi-crusted filet mignon and Asian cioppino are offered. At dining tables, rounded dumplings in rice wrappers are gems, slightly chewy and mild with shrimp. Noodles are made for slurping. Entrées include such dishes as Chilean sea bass with saikyo miso and chicken with creamy Japanese-style mushroom sauce.