My birthday is just around the corner so my family came over today and we celebrated at Teppan in Jersey City. Teppan is a new Japanese restaurant that opened up May 2010. It is located about 4-5 blocks from the boardwalk where you can observe stunning views of Manhattan.
319 Warren Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Teppan has great ambience. It has a chic and contemporary look with high ceilings, believe it or not, kid friendly too. There were many families with babies and toddlers. It almost has a lounge-like atmosphere. As you walk in, to the left is the hibachi area, to the right is the sushi area. The hibachi area appears to be more family-oriented, whereas the sushi area appears to be more private and romantic. The area upstairs can be reserved for private functions… it didn’t seem like it was being used at the moment. Overall, I loved the decor.
Bar Scene, Couples, Casual Dining, Everyone, Groups, Kid Friendly, Romantic Dining.
MENU – $$$
Dinner Menu. I give this place $$-$$$ because it really depends on what you order. I eat chicken, salmon, and vegetables, I can’t eat raw fish, hence no sushi. Naturally, the cost of my entrees will be lower than someone who does eat raw fish. For the look and feel of this place, you would expect the prices to be higher, however this place is reasonably priced considering the decor and location. Although, I have a feeling the prices at Teppan will eventually go up.
RECOMMENDED HEALTHY EATS… choices below are based on my knowledge of Japanese Food. There is no online nutritional information available for Teppan. Choose brown rice over white rice. Please use your own discretion when making a decision.
|Veggie Gyoza Steamed|
|Shumai Steamed Shrimp Dumplings|
When this restaurant first opened, my hubby and I went to Teppan on date night. I tried the Veggie Maki Combo and he had the Chicken Teriyaki.
For starters we had complimentary Edamame. Healthy! 🙂
The Veggie Maki Combo was priced at $9 for 3 veggie rolls – great deal! There was an extra dollar charge for the spicy mayo. The spicy mayo makes the rolls ten times more delicious. Here I had 2 avocado rolls and 1 sweet potato tempura… it was delectable!
My husband had the Chicken Teriyaki priced at $12. This was a pretty decent size portion. I thought it was good, but not amazing. However, I did love the presentation.
Of course, we had a drink each. I didn’t care for mine since it had way too much cinnamon, I believe I had the Lychee Martini. I can’t recall what my husband ordered.
TODAY as part of my birthday celebration, I had hibachi with my family, party of 12. It was awesome! I love my family! 🙂 We had an entire corner section reserved. The non-vegetarian hibachi meals come with 2 shrimp starters, soup or salad, white or brown rice, hibachi vegetables, and hibachi noodles… ranging anywhere from $16 – $22. The vegetarian hibachi meal comes with everything above, except for the 2 shrimp starters, all for $15. It doesn’t make sense to me why they just wouldn’t substitute something for the shrimp starters rather than just not serving the vegetarians shrimp. Weird! All the meals came with 3 types of sauces.
Here are some pictures of the chef cooking our meal… he was fun and was constantly making jokes. He had us involved by trying to toss food in our mouth… I missed every single time, however my husband and sister-in-law caught those pieces of broccoli. Great entertainment!
Here is the Salad which comes with ginger dressing… this was so yummy.
The Miso Soup is made with fish and chicken broth, not an option for vegetarians.
The Shrimp Starters were PERFECTLY cooked in garlic and butter… DELISH! Next time I dine at Teppan, I am ordering Shrimp Hibachi.
Here is my Salmon Hibachi meal, doesn’t it look awesome? The salmon was well-done, tender, and cooked in some garlic and butter. It was topped off with soy sauce and/or teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds, and lemon juice. This was a pretty generous portion of salmon priced at $19. I had some brown rice, vegetables, and noodles on the side. I loved my dish!
My sister and parents got the Vegetables and Tofu Hibachi priced at $15. The vegetables and tofu were also cooked in garlic and butter, topped off with soy sauce, and sesame seeds.
My sister-in-law had the Chicken Hibachi priced at $16. Her chicken was also cooked in garlic and butter, however I felt the chicken was a bit dry and a bit chewy. I have had better Chicken Hibachi… this was slightly disappointing.
HIBACHI LUNCH SPECIALS
On another visit to Teppan, I tried the lunch specials with my friend, Jenna. I started off with a Salad topped with Ginger Dressing. The salad was your standard Japanese salad, it was good.
Jenna had the Soup made with Mushrooms and Fried Onions.
I ordered the Vegetable Fried Rice which came at an extra charge of $2, however it was exceptionally good.
Here is the chef cooking our veggies, noodles, shrimp, and scallops.
I ordered the Shrimp Hibachi which included grilled shrimp, noodles, fried rice, and vegetables. The shrimp was cooked perfectly, however I didn’t like how they topped it off with lemon because it took away that buttery-garlic flavor I love in Hibachi cooking.
Jenna opted for the Scallops Hibachi with brown rice, noodles, and vegetables.
VERDICT – 4 / 5
From a food standpoint, I’d give this place 4 out of 5 because the hibachi chicken was dry and chewy and the drinks were not smooth. However, this place has a lot to offer, including the ambience, decor, service, food, entertainment, and value for its money. Teppan has so much to offer at such a reasonable price, however if you are a sushi eater, the bill will quickly add up. I look forward to many dinners here with friends, family, and/or just my hubby on date night. Considering the real estate prices in Downtown Jersey City, the prices at Teppan are reasonable. Furthermore, the lunch specials are unbelievably priced at $11-$15. Lunch date, anyone?!? 🙂