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HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT 8116 Hampson St., 865-1634 Hana offers a variety of Japanese dishes including tuna tataki, which features seared tuna with vinaigrette, tobiko and vegetables. Hana's extensive sushi menu includes the Hana special roll, with shrimp tempura and snow crab on the inside, topped by tuna and salmon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA 920 Poydras St., 561-8914 Horinoya provides an authentic taste of Japan, featuring familiar dishes made with Kobe beef, tuna tataki and more esoteric items like fish from the Tsukiji fish market and natto, or fermented beans. Teriyaki, tempura and buckwheat soba and udon noodles also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR 3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730 The large menu of sushi and rolls at Kanno features specials like the lobster dynamite roll, with spicy tuna, lobster tail and wasabi cream sauce. The Godzilla roll is a rice-less roll with tempura shrimp, snow crab and spicy tuna. For appetizers, Kanno combines portobello mushrooms and calamari. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KYOTO 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644; This Uptown sushi restaurant serves original rolls like the Taco Salad, featuring tuna, salmon, white fish, shrimp, crabstick, lettuce, tomato, smelt roe and margarita sauce in a fried spring roll topped with tangy vinaigrette. The shigure appetizer combines shrimp, snow crab and avocado in a quesadilla drizzled with jalapeno sauce and sweet teriyaki. Beef teriyaki arrives sizzling with a side of sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO 590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; House specials at Little Tokyo include the cowboy roll with beef, snow crab, lettuce and avocado and the tropical roll with coconut, avocado and fresh mango. Lettuce wraps filled with minced shrimp and mushrooms make an offbeat appetizer. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788; Little Tokyo is known for its specialty sushi rolls and hibachi grill (at its North Carrollton location). The FEMA roll contains fresh salmon, snow crab, asparagus and avocado, with spicy tuna and sauce on top. The Burning Man has spicy tuna and crunchy flakes inside with pepper tuna, avocado and barbecue eel sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR 1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-6088; This contemporary Japanese restaurant offers ramen soups and a large menu of small plates to share. Pork gyoza dumplings, fried octopus, sweet potato fries with wasabi dipping sauce, and seafood, meat and veggie skewers are among the options. The restaurant has several private karaoke rooms. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MEGUMI YAKIMONO AND SUSHI BAR 1211 Village Walk, Covington, (985) 893-0406; 4700 Hwy. 22, Suite 11, Mandeville, (985) 845-1644; Try chicken, beef and shrimp skewers fresh off Megumi's yakimono grill. Its sushi bar creates new special rolls every week, like the Dixie Chick roll, made of spicy tuna, snow crab, avocado and tempura flakes, topped with white sauce. The Spicy Mary roll with snow crab, tempura and crawfish is another option. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; This sushi bar has both room to dine in and a drive through pick-up window. The carpaccio sashimi has white fish with red onions, olive oil, capers, basil leaf, green onions and spicy sauce. The super niku maki features thin slices of fish with snow crab and green onions in teriyaki sauce on a hot sizzling plate. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIYAKO SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; Miyako offers a wide array of Japanese dishes from its sushi bar and hibachi grill. The hibachi special combines lobster, beef and shrimp and comes with clear soup, salad, hibachi noodles and mixed vegetables. The Miyako roll is a batter-fried roll filled with salmon, white fish, crab, avocado, cucumber and tobiko. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NINJA SUSHI 8433 Oak St., 866-1119; Ninja features an extensive list of sushi, sashimi, rolls, soba and udon noodles, soups, salads and other dishes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free items. The Smokey Bear roll bundles baked smoked salmon, green onions, cucumber, smelt roe and egg sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

OKI NAGO JAPANESE SEAFOOD BUFFET 2712 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-8588; Oki Nago's buffet includes some Chinese dishes in addition to the large selection of Japanese items, ranging from teriyaki, tempura-fried shrimp and vegetables, cold noodle salads to sushi and rolls. Buffet meals are served with ice cream and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; This hip warehouse district spot serves sushi and other Japanese favorites. The California sunset roll is filled with spicy snow crab and topped with fresh salmon, mangoes and chili mayo. The pan-fried noodle dish yakisoba is offered with a choice of vegetables, seafood or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253 Sake Cafe's sushi menu features staples such as the California roll, crunchy roll and spicy tuna roll. Signature rolls include the New Orleans roll, featuring spicy crawfish, crunchy tempura, avocado, tuna, snow crab and avocado eel sauce. Discount sushi rolls are offered during happy hour. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN 2830 Magazine St., 894-0033 This stylish sushi parlor features a wide range of rolls and sashimi. For an appetizer, try yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and citrus salsa and citrus sauce. The po-boy roll combines shrimp tempura, soft-shell crab, crawfish, masago and lettuce, all wrapped in sesame soy paper. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI 239 Decatur St., 525-9595; Check the sushi bar appetizers for offbeat specials like the ocean pyramid, molded from salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko, or the eel "sundae" with crushed macadamia nuts and balsamic vinegar sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477; Shogun's hibachi grill entertains guests with dinner and a show. Pick from steak, chicken, scallops, shrimp or calamari as the chefs chop, flip and cook in front of you. All orders come with a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad and hibachi vegetables. The menu also includes sushi, teriyaki and other Japanese dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SUSHI BROTHERS 1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; Sushi Brothers produces a wide selection of original rolls and sashimi. The Levee Voice roll features blue crab, spicy roe and wasabi-mayo on top of a roll of spicy crawfish, avocado, asparagus and wasabi. The special Brothers roll wraps fresh salmon tempura with cream cheese and layers of salmon and avocado on top. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Thu., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TENNOU SUSHI BAR 1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-3898; A full range of sushi and cooked dishes like grilled salmon teriyaki and crispy fish fillets make this West Bank eatery a popular lunch or dinner spot. Bento box lunches include soup, salad, a California roll and an appetizer. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TOKYO HIBACHI SUSHI RESTAURANT & BAR 3525 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 464-8989 The hibachi grill offers steaks. Lobster and other options. The shrimp tempura roll features lightly fried shrimp with snow crab and cream cheese wrapped in soybean paper, with mango and avocado on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WASABI 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; Choose from sushi, tempura, noodle or rice dishes at this Japanese restaurant and bar. Appetizers include tofu, steak, yakitori chicken and miso soup. Green tea ice cream is a chilly counterpoint to warm sake. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: Lunch Mon.-Sat, dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT 323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 809-3840; Yujin prepares sushi bar favorites and traditional cooked dishes, but be sure to look for house specialties like the Latin-inspired ceviche sushi roll or the Burning Man roll with spicy tuna, seared tuna, salmon and Sriracha hot sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA 525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122; This modern Japanese-style tavern serves sake and shochu drinks and authentic Japanese items in tapas-size portions. Options include grilled beef tongue, salmon roe with shredded radish, shu mai dumplings, fried spring rolls, marinated octopus and fries with wasabi sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

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