Open late Thurs.-Sat.
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Sushi Blues Cafe Restaurant Review: Japanese sushi and an American blues motif have proven a potent attraction for Sushi Blues Café, lively with packed-house sizzle since 1999. The neon lights and classic jazz may lure diners in, but it's the well-prepared Japanese food that keeps them coming back: udon noodle soups, shrimp or pork dumplings, delicately battered tempuras, and fresh sushi and sashimi combination plates, whimsically named after jazz era greats: “Louis and Ella’s Unforgettable Duet,” designed to serve two persons, or “Ellington’s Jam Session,” which nourishes a trio. Asterisks mark dishes that are low-carb, and there are lots of vegetarian options in all categories. Sundry ice creams and cheesecake comprise dessert, all presented with coffee. The wine list is limited, but has some offerings that are sushi-friendly. Perhaps have a cocktail instead. Try the “Lena Horne,” the “Diana Krall” or Sushi Blues’ version of Long Island iced tea, “The Rat Pack.” During the summer of 2011, renovations have caused the suspension of musical interludes, but they will resume once the project is done on Friday and Saturday evenings.