If you’ve driven on Route 17 near the NY border, you’ve probably noticed that Japanese castle-style building atop a mountain overlooking the highway. You may have taken the kids to Mt. Fuji Japanese Steakhouse for hibachi or went on a special sushi date there. Either way, this popular spot for north Jersey eaters (there’s a second Mount Fuji on Route 17 in Hasbrouck Heights) just got a whole new reason to visit.
Y’s Lounge, a 2,500-square-foot space connected to the main restaurant, just opened to the public. The lounge is a concept created by owner Yoshimasa Tada, and the name comes from the Japanese word yama, meaning mountain. The decor is modern with cherry wood accents, marble countertops and, most importantly, glass windows that offer breathtaking views of the Ramapo Valley. Y’s also shares the gorgeous 40-acre private, landscaped spread of koi ponds, flowers, walkways and a waterfall that Mt. Fuji is famous for.
Dishes at the Lounge are meant for sharing and the culinary creations of Chef Shinohara. Bites include a crispy okaki asparagus skewer plated with Japanese rice crackers and deep fried with spiced yuzu salt; sashimi salmon carpaccio with sansho herb made with Kyoto peppercorns, jalapeno and Japanese crystal salt (pictured), and the Japanese-style skirt steak made with Remy Martin cognac and grilled on an imported yogan lava stone (pictured). Pair your menu picks with Japanese beer, sake or a house cocktail.
Mt. Fuji in Hillburn is celebrating its 50th anniversary this December, which is bringing about additional updates to the hibachi section of the restaurant and to The Views, an on-site wedding and party venue that also hosts murder mystery shows and Sunday brunch. Y’s Lounge and Mt. Fuji Japanese Steakhouse are located at 296 Old Rte. 17 in Hillburn, NY. The Hasbrouck Heights restaurant is located at 193 NJ-17 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. For more information, head to mtfujirestaurants.com.