Try It: A Birthday at Mikuni


A dining experience at midtown’s Mikuni is often raucous and upbeat—but I really appreciated the restaurant’s festive ambiance recently at a family member’s birthday. Our large table feasted on a number of Mikuni’s popular menu items, including the 49er Jack roll and the over-the-top Train Wreck roll, the kitchen’s crusty shrimp and vegetable tempura, and several generously portioned bento boxes. When it came time to celebrate the birthday guest, restaurant staff members brought out a large prize wheel which she was able to spin, awarding her a pretty pint glass she could take home. Our waiters were attentive and friendly, and the positive, partylike atmosphere at this crowded establishment was a terrific backdrop for a successful (and tasty) birthday dinner.