Food & Drink

Westfield’s Newest Sushi Restaurant, Akai Lounge, Opens Wednesday

Akai Lounge held a private preview Monday night. In addition to traditional Japanese as well as innovative new sushi dishes, the restaurant boasts a full bar. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Owner James Du, Hostess Grace Lane Torress and Owner Lillian Bien Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Many of the sushi items have a Latin twist. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — Akai Lounge, a Japanese sushi restaurant, opens in Downtown Westfield Wednesday, April 2, at 102-108 East Broad St. in the space formerly occupied by Wild Greens. In addition to traditional Japanese cuisine, it serves innovative new sushi dishes (some with a spicy Latin twist) and boasts a full bar with cocktails, wine, sake and Asian beer selections.

Married owners James Du and Lillian Pien have been in the restaurant business for 12 years. They run sister restaurant Akai Lounge in Englewood, and many of their staff have worked with them 10 years or more.

“They’re like family,” said Pien.

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When it came to choosing the Westfield location, “We love the town,” said Du. “People are nice here. I want us to be part of the community.”

Akai Lounge is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Opens 1 p.m. on Sunday. Call 908-264-8660. Visit its website at www.akailounge.com. Like it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkaiWestfield.

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