Evidenced by the presence of the famous Hairy Mexican roll, Stingray shares a few sushi recipes with its upstate sister restaurant, Mikimotos. But Stingray originals are just as good. The Maneater combines flash-fried salmon with jalapeño, spicy mayo and cilantro. The Stingray roll pairs shrimp tempura with avocado, tobiko and unagi, then tops it with Japanese mayonnaise.
Beginning with the glowing orange tones in the front lounge, you quickly realize Stingray Sushi Bar + Asian-Latino grill is as much a treat to the eyes as the taste buds. Hanging high above the gargantuan, custom-made sushi bar are hand-blown neon lights shaped like jellyfish, crafted in the French Quarter. They simply pop against the black ceiling. Like its sister restaurant, Mikimotos, Stingray has paintings and prints depicting the Ultraman and Marine Boy characters of the ’60s Japanese TV. Carefully placed spotlights brighten pockets of the rooms. The pièces de résistance are glowing, color-changing LED stingray patterns embedded in the sushi bar’s countertop. Even the Stingray sign out front was cut from steel with a water laser. At night when it’s backlit, it creates a halo-like effect.