The North Shore location of the Japanese steakhouse chain offers the famed "entertainment dining" concept seals its status as the Disneyland of Japanese dining. The countrywide chain is as famous for carefully choreographed cooking and theatrical presentation as it is for meaty, Japanese steakhouse fare. Here, knife-yielding performers cook up your meal teppanyaki style ("teppan" refers to the steel grill and "yaki" means boiled). In English: expect a lot of slicing, dicing and sizzling to go down right at your table. Be warned that you may emerge smelling like Eau de Benihana. But it's probably only natural that the air is a little frying-pan scented when there's so much, um, frying going on. Guests sit at low tables that surround hibachi grills.
You'll get a bellyful at dinner, as traditional and specialty meals are sided by soup, salads, a shrimp appetizer, hibachi vegetables, green tea and dessert. Try the Land n' Sea (tenderloin and scallops) or the Behihana Delight (chicken and shrimp) cooked—how else—right before your eyes.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg