Hai Street Kitchen opening in Rittenhouse May 22

Hai Street is opening in Center City next month.  Credit: Provided
The Hai Street pastrami salmon roll.
Credit: Provided
Japanese cuisine will get a Chipotle-style twist at Hai Street Kitchen & Co., a new casual, quick-food restaurant opening near Rittenhouse Square on May 22. At Hai (Japanese for “yes”), customers can say yes (sorry for that) to two styles of dishes, similar to the options at Chipotle or Qdoba: “Roll-it,” and get a sushi roll the size of a burrito, or “bowl-it” and get your ingredients tossed with rice or greens.

Each order is customized, with a choice of grilled steak, fried chicken, shrimp tempura, seared salmon or grilled mushrooms, fresh veggies, and homemade sauces.

The kitchen is run by chef Takao Iinuma, who spend time working with “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto. And fans of Whole Foods sushi — which isn’t half bad — will be happy to know Hai Street is owned by Genji, which is a subsidiary of Peace Dining Corporation, which provides sushi to Whole Foods on the East Coast, in California, and in the U.K. Genji is based in Philly.

Hai Street will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily at 32 S. 18th St. In advance of the opening, the restaurant shared a few favorite combinations with us:

For carnivores:
Shrimp tempura with lettuce, asparagus, pickled mango and red onion finished with spicy mayo sauce and crunchy fried garlic

Grilled flank steak mixed with carrots, lettuce, asparagus and red cabbage topped with a traditional Japanese teriyaki and fried shallots

For herbivores:
Grilled portobello mushrooms with lettuce, roasted beets, cucumber, and asparagus, garnished with chimichurri


Protesters say new Met Opera is anti-Semitic

Protesters, including a former mayor and governor, gathered outside of the Metropolitan Opera on Monday afternoon to protest the opening of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”


Brooklyn girl's death ruled a homicide

The New York City Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Brooklyn toddler a homicide. Jeida Torres, 3, was found bruised and unresponsive Saturday…


New York City continues to prepare for Ebola…

New York City continues to prepare for the possibility of Ebola. There have been numerous scares, but no confirmed cases. Representatives from about 150 unions…


NYPD nabs alleged serial bank robber

  The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for multiple Manhattan bank robberies this month. Police have arrested a Brooklyn man they…


We the Economy: Morgan Spurlock's new crusade

If Morgan Spurlock gets his way, you won't be able to avoid We the Economy, the series of 20 shorts films curated by the "Super…


3 Parody plays lampoon your childhood, adulthood and…

Whether you loved the source material or you're going in blind, these parody plays have something for every audience member. We rate three of NYC's hottest satirical shows.


Who has more power: Harry Styles or Amal…

Amal Clooney comes in fourth on The Evening Standard's Most Influential Londoners list.


#AskPaul McCartney reveals his love of American pop…

For an Englishman, Paul McCartney's pop culture tastes would fit right in stateside. The former Beatle (@PaulMcCartney) revealed that he has a real thing for…


John Idzik: 'We did a ton of background'…

Given John Idzik spent the previous five years with the Seahawks before he joined the Jets last January, there is a comfort level for the organization.


Jets add sizzle to struggling passing game with…

The Jets’ trade for Percy Harvin may have an air of desperation on the surface, but at 1-6 this season is hanging only by a thread.


Jason Pierre-Paul: 'We've got to regroup' during bye…

“We’ve got to regroup and figure out what went wrong,” said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. “When we come back, we want to be a great team.”


Breno Giacomini: Media blowing up Golden Tate-Percy Harvin…

According to Breno Giacomini, the fight between Golden Tate and Percy Harvin during Super Bowl week was over by the time the lineman turned around.


Is a 'gap year' after high school for…

It’s a familiar script that millions of students follow each year: Graduate high school and then immediately start college. But more and more students are…


New news about Kate Middleton's pregnancy

The Palace released a statement about Kate Middleton's pregnancy.


Cool book for kids: 'The Princess In Black'

"The Princess In Black" will change the way girls view princesses.


Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…