Open Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-11:00PM; Sat 12:00PM-11:00PM; Sun 12:00PM-10:00PM  

Phone Number: 212 689 1090

Price Range: $60-100

Address: 378 Park Ave S

Website: www.hillstone.com

Station: 4, 6, 6X; N, R; F, M

Leave it to us to run an avenue from the subway station in the rain trying to make it to our already late reservation. But no worries, nothing comes between us and our lunch, especially if it’s at an upscale restaurant like this one. Hillstone looks like your typical steakhouse just with a swankier vibe. The place is dimly lit for a ritzier ambiance accompanied with oak booths, ceilings and tables and lounge music pumping in the background as businessmen chat over their meals.

We started off with the featured Tomato Soup.

Very creamy texture with a heavy emphasis on herbs. Nothing too special.

We had the Spicy Tuna Roll (not featured here) and Spicy Tuna “Osaka Style” as our main appetizers.

Spicy Tuna "Osaka Style"

Spicy Tuna "Osaka Style"

I’ll just have 903824 more pieces of these please and thank you. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much from their sushi selection knowing that this place was a grill house, but I’m so happy to have been proven wrong. Both sets of rolls offer fresh, soft tuna paired with smashed avocado spread, creating a creamy combination that melts right in your mouth. It’s not a recommendation, but a must to order these two rolls when you come. 

We also had the Chilled Jumbo Shrimp with cocktail and remoulade sauces.

Not a big fan of shrimp, but my friends gave it a thumbs up.

For our entrees, we ordered the California Burger.

Meat was high quality and grilled to a juicy medium paired with tomatoes, onions, cheese, lettuce and ripe slices of avocado. We’re a fan of the BBQ sauce that leaves a satisfying aftertaste. Fries were too soggy and soft for my taste. Would recommend just for the burger.

We also ordered the Ahi Tuna Burger.

Juicy and tender. Somehow it seems like they always get their tuna right. Their soft (almost brioche-like) bread is a yes, but would do even better if it were slightly toasted. Interesting type of burger we don’t see much elsewhere so would definitely recommend.

Lastly, we got the Flying Tuna Salad.

Tuna is fresh and nicely seared – again we’re impressed with the way they handle their tuna. Guess we’re lucky that we came with that specific craving.  Comes with a side of field greens, avocado, tomato and gigantic chunks of mango, which is all pretty standard.

Overall highlights of this restaurant include its tuna, the attentive service and of course the two rolls we ordered as appetizers. Honestly, I would go to this place for lunch just to order plates on plates of their rolls (yes, really it’s that good). Drooling right now just thinking about the different rolls I’ll be trying next time I make a pit stop here.