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Title: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: toddg on December 10, 2007, 11:43:35 AM
I noticed in the CB3 agenda that there's a liquor license application for "Tomo Japanese Cuisine Inc., 86-12A 37th Avenue".  A quick web search turned up this site for a Japanese restaurant on Queens Blvd that is opening a second location in our neighborhood:
http://www.tomojc.com/index.html

This sounds exciting!  Has anybody tried the original location?
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Shelby2 on December 10, 2007, 02:07:13 PM
Haven't tried the original location but did happen to notice it the other day on my long walk back from the NYSC in Rego Park!  Looking forward to having more sushi options here.  Thanks for the heads up.

And it gets pretty decent reviews (3 of them) on yelp. http://www.yelp.com/biz/gige0Bps68Lk974vKytbGQ
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: orzabelle on December 10, 2007, 02:15:05 PM
hooray!  Something other than grilled meet up near me!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Chingwa on December 12, 2007, 06:10:53 PM
I've eaten at the Queens Boulevard location.  It's decent.  Not bad, but not great.  Should be better than happy kitchen though...
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: MeliZoops on January 06, 2008, 06:45:23 PM
i've always enjoyed happy kitchen - they're just WAAAAY too pricey.  and they close on random days sometimes...just 'cuz...

i'd love to have another japanese option.  hope this works out!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: spanishfish on January 06, 2008, 09:49:28 PM
I find Happy Kitchen mediocre at best. We've ordered delivery from East 21 and it was much, much better. Happy Kitchen's Udon Noodles have no flavor. They don't use much spice in their dishes.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: erospolitico on January 06, 2008, 11:26:33 PM
I will tell you all a secret about Happy Kitchen, besides high prices, the co-owner makes the sushi to cut down on costs, and they also take the waiters tips for themselves.

Also notice it is cash only, thats a bit shady
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: orzabelle on January 07, 2008, 12:17:08 AM
what does that have to do with shady?  I'm not a huge fan of HK, but plenty of places are cash only, due to the fact that credit cards cost the restaurant money.

And the owner making the sushi to cut costs?  Big whoop!  What restaurant owner doesn't want to cut costs?  If she is capable and willing to do it, what does it matter?

Again, not a fan, but the only thing that seems bothersome is taking the waiters' tips....but then, what waiter would stand for that and not quit immediately?
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: MeliZoops on January 07, 2008, 09:35:18 AM
waiters???  the place has two tables in a 3'x5' store.  i don't think you can call that waiting tables.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: jennsch on January 07, 2008, 11:04:19 AM
HK may not be the best sushi in the world but it's decent. The spicy crunchy rolls (especially the shrimp and eel) are actually very good. I don't order as often as I'd like cause it's a bit pricier than it should be but when I'm craving sushi, it's worth it. One dish I love from them is the hijiki -- very tasty.

As for the people who work there, they're all incredibly nice (especially the delivery man -- he's a total sweetheart). If you ever want to know anything about the history of Jackson Heights, ask the guy who takes orders on Saturday night. He loves to talk about the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: toddg on January 07, 2008, 11:24:55 AM
I agree.  Happy Kitchen serves decent sushi and some excellent other dishes, especially for such a tiny place.  I think it's wonderful to have them here, and am especially grateful for their proprietors' efforts on behalf of the historic district.   I enjoy East 21 too, but have found their quality inconsistent at times.  I'm looking forward to Tomo because I enjoy sushi best in a real restaurant setting, but unless their offerings are qualitatively different, I will probably continue to patronize Happy Kitchen for takeout.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: KC on January 18, 2008, 12:28:31 AM
I think the best sushi by far in the neighborhood is at the Korean/Japanese place on 74th street where Broadway and Roosevelt all merge.  It caters primarily to a Korean crowd, and a lot of the stuff on the menu isn't even properly translated.  But the food is FANTASTIC. 

But I would be delighted to have sushi closer to home. 
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: MeliZoops on January 18, 2008, 02:41:08 AM
KC - thanks for the tip about the place on 74th and Broadway, next to Thai Son (the latter of which has excellent food).

I had been in the sushi place once to request a menu for my menu book at home.  not only did they not have a take away menu, but the place smelled so fishy that i wrote the place off.

I'll have to give it another shot!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: toddg on January 18, 2008, 11:51:15 AM
For some reason, I never end up ordering sushi in a Korean restaurant.  Everytime I think of it, I get deterred by the prices, which I have found to be on the expensive side.  But I'll give it a try!

My favorite Korean restaurant in the neighborhood is Hae Woon Dae at 75-32 Broadway, but I like the one on 74th Street as well.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Tigoillo on February 18, 2008, 07:02:51 PM
Hey, has anyone heard any dates when Tomo might be opening? I hope it's soon!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: ShinjukuBaby on February 20, 2008, 05:36:52 PM
I hope we get some decent Japanese food soon!  It's the largest lacuna among our neighborhood food options.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on February 21, 2008, 09:11:30 AM
I hope we get some decent Japanese food soon!  It's the largest lacuna among our neighborhood food options.

My new, favorite word: lacuna!!! I love it.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Tigoillo on February 21, 2008, 09:40:38 AM
I think Lacuna is also the name of Marvel Comics character.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: APG7714 on February 22, 2008, 03:09:30 PM
I live near the future TOMO  and I have seen no work go on at all whatsoever other than the placing of the blank signage on the entire block
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: APG7714 on April 11, 2008, 09:29:50 AM
I live near the future TOMO  and I have seen no work go on at all whatsoever other than the placing of the blank signage on the entire block

Went pass it 2 days ago and it seems to be open for business rather soon
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Shelby2 on April 11, 2008, 03:35:44 PM
There's a big banner in the window saying "Japanese Restaurant Coming Soon" . The paper covering the windows is peeled down a tiny bit from the top and all I could see above the paper was what looked like track lighting.  Can't wait, esp. since this one is closer to me than Happy Kitchen.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: jnlg3 on April 11, 2008, 05:05:47 PM
Oz Cafe in Elmhurst delivers to JH.  My wife loves their sushi.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: John Prester on April 11, 2008, 05:11:40 PM
Oz Cafe in Elmhurst delivers to JH.  My wife loves their sushi.

There's a dirty joke in that statement.........never mind..........
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: jnlg3 on April 11, 2008, 05:14:06 PM
i don't get it.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: John Prester on April 11, 2008, 06:42:31 PM
i don't get it.

Having been married for over 9 years now, I don't get it much either!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Chuckster on April 11, 2008, 11:13:33 PM
Having been married for over 9 years now, I don't get it much either!

With the opening of TOMO, you won't be deprived any more.  Go out and buy yourself some sushi. :buck2:

Fellow neighbors, forgive my indulgence in pandering to Prester's humor.  I couldn't help it. ::)
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: orzabelle on April 17, 2008, 08:35:56 AM
I wish Tomo would open already!  It looks pretty inviting inside!  Also, it looks ready to go. I wonder if they are just waiting to catch the fish?

Seriously, though, why does a restaurant that is clearly ready (and has been for several months, judging by my last lucky peek through an open door) stay closed?  It couldn't be just an issue of a liquor license, because I'd gladly eat sushi without any alcohol!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: toddg on April 17, 2008, 09:28:45 AM
I imagine there are lots of permits and inspections required, staff to hire and train, etc.

I share your impatience!  But in the meantime, I did just have pretty decent takeout from East 21.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: spanishfish on April 17, 2008, 10:08:33 PM
If there is a commercial kitchen, it takes a long time usually to pass the fire supression inspection for the Ansul System. The city agencies are slow and it rarely passes on the first test. Rescheduling is a nightmare.

Geeky Architect Speak, sorry.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: orzabelle on April 17, 2008, 10:10:35 PM
If there is a commercial kitchen, it takes a long time usually to pass the fire supression inspection for the Ansul System. The city agencies are slow and it rarely passes on the first test. Rescheduling is a nightmare.

Geeky Architect Speak, sorry.

I wonder why I didn't just ask my own geeky architect dh!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Tigoillo on April 18, 2008, 09:37:21 AM
We walked by the place last night to get a peak inside. I can't wait for it to open! Looks really good!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on April 18, 2008, 10:08:39 PM
I will tell you all a secret about Happy Kitchen, besides high prices, the co-owner makes the sushi to cut down on costs, and they also take the waiters tips for themselves.

Also notice it is cash only, thats a bit shady

eros, I just noticed your post and wanted to say I have a secret for you: most business owners do what they can to cut down on costs and since Kendal is a sushi chef - why shouldn't she make sushi?  Why would that bother anyone?

and a lot of restaurants and parking garages only take cash, again, to save profit instead of paying credit card companies.

as to the taking tips comment: well I don't know anything about that but I like both Kendal and Jeffrey and would bet there's more to it than that.

I must be one of the only people who don't think their prices are too high.  But I know Tomo's prices will be much lower so there will be something for everyone.  I'm sure there will be talk here comparing them when Tomo finally opens.   :)
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: bunnyspeaks on April 19, 2008, 06:11:18 PM
Yes - that comment about "cash" equals "shady" is funny. There are so many restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn that is cash-only. That is actually a frustration for visitors to NY - the need to carry cash all the time.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: spanishfish on April 19, 2008, 06:34:44 PM
Cash Only = Lost Business is more the point in my opinion
I carry cash in my pocket for a coffee and taxi rides (though even taxi's take cards now!), not enough for a dinner for two.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on April 19, 2008, 08:58:48 PM
I usually order take out from Happy Kitchen so expect to pay cash to the delivery guy.  I'd much rather use a credit card for everything and just pay that bill once a month.  Zabb Thai is cash only also.  Ate there tonight.  Took out a credit card and SURPRISE!  Thank god we scrounged up the bill and tip between us but we weren't expecting it.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: TooTrue on May 05, 2008, 05:49:55 PM
Regarding the East 21 and Happy Kitchen debate?

East 21 delivers faster, and their prices are cheaper ($1 Miso soup, in bigger servings!), but ...

... there is better quality shrimp shumai and salmon pieces at Happy Kitchen.  But they are more expensive, the sushi is generally smaller, and delivery takes for .... .... .... ever.

Both deliver, thank the heavens.   :smiley6600:  Neither has a large eat-in area.

So, here how I see it:

Single person, ordering in:  East 21.   :)
On a date, especiall early in the relationship, ordering in:  Happy Kitchen.   :smitten:
Married/partnered with your date, ordering in:  East 21.   :o


Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Garciavision on May 28, 2008, 02:25:18 PM
Hello

It is located on 37th ave between 86 and 87 street. I saw their menu(also online) at Queens Blvd location and it very big. Prices are much less than Happy Kitchen
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: APG7714 on June 02, 2008, 05:14:27 PM
The sign is up and each time i go past it i see people working . Next time I will ask when is the approximate opening date  ;D
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Garciavision on June 02, 2008, 05:17:37 PM
Hello

The opening got moved from Wednesday to Friday

Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: APG7714 on June 02, 2008, 05:18:38 PM
Hello

The opening got moved from Wednesday to Friday



At least it's this week  :smitten:

Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 05, 2008, 08:39:58 AM
Peeked in their window yesterday.  NICE   :rockon:

Booths and tables, lots of wood and bamboo.   :rockon:

I'm actually looking forward to this place opening especially if the food is half as nice as the interior.  They put a little effort into it instead of just generic tables and chairs. 


Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 06, 2008, 07:51:51 PM
so I called them today.  wanted to go and check 'em out.  not going to be open until tomorrow or next day (Sat./Sun.) according to the guy who answered the phone.  I guess I can wait a few more days so they open and get it all right.  God knows I WILL be judging them!  And then dishing about it here.  :)
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: earbears on June 06, 2008, 08:18:05 PM
got a menu today. interesting items and good prices.  :D
looking forward to their opening.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Garciavision on June 07, 2008, 01:09:23 PM
They opened today at 11:30 am
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: ECG on June 07, 2008, 06:52:46 PM
They opened today at 11:30 am


And????  Waiting with poised chop sticks. . .
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 07, 2008, 07:49:43 PM
3 of us went for an early dinner.  Nice looking inside even with all that fake looking wood. (Maybe it's real wood varnished to death.  Nevertheless, attractive interior.  Red stained floors, pale green bamboo style mats on the benches in the booths.  Attractive serving dishes.  Me likey.)   So we ordered a ton of food:  to start we shared edamame (I like more salt), chicken yakitori (very tender chicken, nice sweet sauce) and veggie tempura entree as an appetizer.  Tempura was very good: sweet potatoes, yellow squash, eggplant etc.  For entrees, my friends who don't like seafood (but were still game to come with me and check out the new place in town) had chicken teriyaki and beef teriyaki.  Both chicken and beef dishes were large portions and the meat was very tender and not fatty at all.  Lots of sauteed onions,  broccoli, rice.  Tasty.  They were both happy.  I had salmon, tuna, yellowtail and shrimp sushi plus a Queens Blvd Roll which was king crab, avocado with spicy tuna and crunchy flakes.  For dessert, ice cream tempura.  4 beers (Sapporo and Kirin are $3.00 each) plus a coke.  Grand Total: $81.00  SICK.  We had left overs there was so much food.  Boy, am I a happy little piggie.  Oh and grand opening prices are $1.00 for sushi per piece.

HURRAY!!!!!
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: earbears on June 07, 2008, 09:10:03 PM
Got delievery tonight. Plenty of good sushi at $1 a piece. Rolls pretty good also. The salmon teriyaki was ok - fish a bit dry but tasty with veggies and rice.

Pleasant staff and fast delivery.

The bill was $45 - not bad.

Will do this again.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 09, 2008, 03:06:16 PM
Okay so I'm very excited to have Tomo two blocks from me.  I know I was less than enthused when I first heard about them, but I'm singing a new tune.

Went today for the lunch bento box special. LOVE THEM.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: kate on June 09, 2008, 03:18:05 PM
Okay so I'm very excited to have Tomo two blocks from me.  I know I was less than enthused when I first heard about them, but I'm singing a new tune.

Went today for the lunch bento box special. LOVE THEM.

Went yesterday. Good healthy selections.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: orzabelle on June 09, 2008, 10:20:53 PM
another BIG thumbs up. Really good.
 ;D
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: michaelb on June 10, 2008, 09:04:11 AM
I hit the TOMO last night.

Standard sushi joint, but much closer to me than Happy Kitchen.  Surprisingly affordable.  A la carte sushi $1 per piece, beers are $3!  Get in on the deal while it lasts. ;)
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Chuckster on June 10, 2008, 06:33:37 PM
They just slipped a menu under my door.  Hmmm....how did they get in the building?  Anyway, that's a matter for another discussion.

You can view Tomo's menu online at:

www.tomojc.com
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: orzabelle on June 10, 2008, 06:53:12 PM
They just slipped a menu under my door.  Hmmm....how did they get in the building?  Anyway, that's a matter for another discussion.

You can view Tomo's menu online at:

www.tomojc.com

The way they got into my building to do the same was that a neighbor ordered delivery from them.

Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Ernie on June 10, 2008, 10:43:15 PM
I had lunch here today. While the place is quite pleasing, I felt the food was just okay. We had the bento box for $7.75, which was a bargain. It came with miso soup/salad/california rolls/shumai and your choice of entrees. I had the chicken teriyaki. The shumai were fried and were a bit heavy on the dough, they were also quite fishy.(shrimp) The  chicken was a little on the dry side. I did really like the ginger salad dressing. The people are quite nice and we were given green tea.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: rita Lahoud on June 10, 2008, 11:26:36 PM
I was glad to find the menu in my building on 80th near northern.  I guess this means they will deliver to me.  If I want great sushi I will go to Manhattan, but I am so happy to have a full size mediocre sushi joint in the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 11, 2008, 08:09:10 AM
I was glad to find the menu in my building on 80th near northern.  I guess this means they will deliver to me.  If I want great sushi I will go to Manhattan, but I am so happy to have a full size mediocre sushi joint in the neighborhood.

yes, rita, now that's what I'm talking about!  I know I come off in a lot of my "reviews" as overly optimistic, maybe pollyannaish but it's so easy to be critical.    And Tomo is not as good as Happy Kitchen (IMHO although plenty of people disagree). I really like HK's salmon teriyaki, HK has brown rice, HK has larger pieces of sushi (maybe Tomo's are smaller for the $1 a piece promotion) but I'm still so damn happy to have a "full size mediocre sushi joint"  in THIS neighborhood.  Hurrray.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: judibean on June 12, 2008, 12:25:27 PM
Although I'm glad we now have a reasonably-sized sit down Japanese restaurant in our neighborhood, I'm pessimistic it is any better than its sister site on Queens Boulevard, which I only thought was ok.  I plan to take advantage of their $1 sushi special tomorrow night, so we'll see.  I'm a sushi/sashimi snob and their takeout menu shows they have a limited variety of a la carte sushi. 
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Chingwa on June 12, 2008, 02:13:42 PM
Anyone know if they're actually Japanese running this joint?  seems to be rare, even in NYC outside of Manhattan... and especially in Queens...

Sushi snobs rule! :D
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 12, 2008, 04:54:15 PM
Anyone know if they're actually Japanese running this joint?  seems to be rare, even in NYC outside of Manhattan... and especially in Queens...

Sushi snobs rule! :D

Someone posted already that they have Chinese employees so?????  That's normal for this neighborhood though.  Every ethnic store has a diff. ethnic family running it.  Italian Farms has a Korean guy, The Polish Deli is not Polish etc. etc.  It's all good.

I think sushi snobs will be a little disappointed here.  I'm a pizza snob so I feel your pain.   ::)
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: spanishfish on June 12, 2008, 10:26:38 PM
I've been to their other location as well and while not as good as Yama on Houston St, I think it's perfectly fine. We went to the 37th Ave location two nights ago and had a very good meal. It was worth the long walk. We live very close to Happy Kitchen and I never go there anymore as the food is too bland, in my opinion.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Jeffsayyes on June 13, 2008, 01:29:22 PM
I went the other day
I don't really have any standards for the area, so I don't know what they are up against.

for 1 dollar a piece, that is hard to beat.  the sushi itself was less than special though. Everything was fresh I guess, but maybe the initial quality isnt as good as what I am used to.

Can it matter that much to have non-japanese at the helm? The chefs were okay. They shiould really be more engaging though, it's supposed to be like a real bar, you know...

Prices can't be beaten though.

I told the chef to give me 8 pieces of whatever he wanted. he gave me salmon, tuna, white tuna, fluke, yellowtail. I was nonplussed. Only the white tuna was truly satisfying, and that's hard to mess up.  Next time I will have to hold his hand to see what they can do.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: 718mom on June 13, 2008, 03:10:33 PM
If you guys want some really amazing sushi not too far from home get on the 7 or walk to 52nd Street, Sunnyside and walk down to Skillman by 52nd street, TJ Asian Bistro is Awesome!!!!! I'm not kidding, I go every single Friday night now, the owners and staff are so sweet, the place is very nice and upscale and the sushi is really incredible, try the Kimono Roll, you'll love it.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Chuckster on June 13, 2008, 05:46:23 PM
My husband and I tried Tomo two nights ago and really enjoyed it.  I couldn't try any of the seafood due to an allergy, so I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki.  The chicken was moist and flavorful and served on a bed of sauteed onions and shredded carrots and accompanied by a bowl of rice.  Delicious!  I also found the decor aesthetically pleasing and the staff was very friendly.  Overall, a nice addition to the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: GregNYC on June 14, 2008, 10:02:05 AM
Anyone know if they're actually Japanese running this joint?  seems to be rare, even in NYC outside of Manhattan... and especially in Queens...

Sushi snobs rule! :D

It's rare to find a Japanese restaurant operated by Japanese.  Usually, Chinese or Koreans run them. 
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: ShinjukuBaby on June 16, 2008, 04:54:20 PM
We tried Tomo last night.  Serviceable sushi; we'll order from there again.  It's much better than Happy Kitchen.

I'm sure there are others, but Ariyoshi on Queens Blvd in Sunnyside is Japanese Japanese.  It's excellent and very reasonable.

But GregNYC is right.  More often than not, Japanese restaurants are owned by Koreans or Chinese.

Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: judibean on June 21, 2008, 02:34:55 PM
Hubby and I tried Tomo recently and it's ok sushi (a la carte).  I may stick with the Americanized rolls next time since my expectation for those is lower.  I like my sushi restaurants to be authentically Japanese and this isn't it.  Not even counting the staff, the place is sooooo Chinese with its fish tank by the entry.  Japanese restaurants don't do that.  Funny that someone would mention Ariyoshi.  I used to live around the block from that place.  Even though it's five times more Japanese than this place, it's still not Japanese enough for me.  Anyway, I don't mean to belittle this place.  The decor is better than many restaurants around here and it fills a niche that was poorly lacking. 
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: spanishfish on June 21, 2008, 03:47:02 PM
For great sushi, try Yama on Houston Street in Manhattan.

But I am so glad Tomo is here, even if it's not as authentic as we all would hope for.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: toddg on June 21, 2008, 09:42:05 PM
Based on a tip on the JH Families listserv, my wife and I decided to try TJ Asian Bistro (http://www.tjsushi.com/) on Skillman and 52nd in Woodside.  I can't speak to "authenticity," since I don't know what that means in this context.  But TJ has among the best sushi I've had in New York, and that includes more expensive places in Manhattan.  Definitely worth a visit!  (And make sure you try the Striped Bass, I've never had it before and it was delicious!)

That said, I also tried Tomo recently, and found it an excellent addition to the neighborhood.  Delicious food and family friendly.  I'll be going there regularly.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: spanishfish on June 21, 2008, 11:29:32 PM
By authentic I meant owned by Japanese, with Japanese sushi chef's and a Japanese decor.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Shelby2 on June 21, 2008, 11:52:03 PM
about the authenticity thing--

My sister is temporarily living in JH and she recently went to Tomo.  We lived in Japan for a few years as kids so we have a bit of extra knowledge about Japan and we also can pronounce Japanese words pretty well (but neither of us speaks Japanese). 

She told me that at Tomo she ordered the Age Tofu - which should be pronounced Ah-geh Tofu.  She ordered it by calling it Ah-geh but had a bit of a funny miscommunication with the waitress or cashier, who said, "you mean the Age tofu" pronouncing it Age as in "what age is your child".  Anyway, after not understanding the question at first, finally my sister just backed down and said yes, I mean the Age tofu.

and btw, she enjoyed the Age tofu but she wasn't impressed with the salmon sushi, which she said she felt was kind of tasteless.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: toddg on June 22, 2008, 12:10:43 AM
By authentic I meant owned by Japanese, with Japanese sushi chef's and a Japanese decor.

Understood.  But I don't know what this means with regard to the food, which is really the only thing that interests me.  My favorite sushi restaurant, which is in California, has a Japanese owner-chef who learned his craft in Japan, and has a very limited menu.  But invariably, there's UB40 playing on stereo.  Does inauthentic reggae music make this inauthentic sushi?

I have some idea what makes various Americanized cuisines "inauthentic," but in sushi I see only quality of the fish, quality of the cut, and presentation.  Of course, the fish themselves may be different according to what's fresh and available (I've seen some differences between CA and NY in this regard).

Shelby2 - I had a similar experience at Happy Kitchen, when the person taking my order didn't know what I meant by "Hamachi" (they don't refer to it as such on the menu).  But even authentically Greek restaurants in NYC will look at you funny if you order a "hee-ro" instead of an Americanized "jeye-ro".
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 22, 2008, 12:23:36 AM
I'm so glad I'm not a sushi snob. I used to eat it a lot and then just kinda lost my taste for it. Now I'm one of those people who like "nouveau sushi" like the fancy hand rolls at Bond Street with the curry dipping sauces etc.  I actually like Bond Street better than Nobu's fare.  I guess taste buds change with age.  Mine are going down hill.

Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Shelby2 on June 22, 2008, 12:32:05 AM
I'm so glad I'm not a sushi snob. I used to eat it a lot and then just kinda lost my taste for it. Now I'm one of those people who like "nouveau sushi" like the fancy hand rolls at Bond Street with the curry dipping sauces etc.  I actually like Bond Street better than Nobu's fare.  I guess taste buds change with age.  Mine are going down hill.



I find there are varying degrees of sushi snobbism.  I, for example, am too snobby to eat the pre-pared sushi rolls that are prepared by the sushi chefs at the Hong Kong Market in Elmhurst.  But not too snobby for Whole Foods sushi (had it today in fact), or for Happy Kitchen (my not going there much didn't have anything to do with the acutal food), and I hope I'm not too snobby for Tomo because I do plan to go there once a week at least once I'm back in town.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 22, 2008, 09:08:32 AM
........  But not too snobby for Whole Foods sushi (had it today in fact), or for Happy Kitchen (my not going there much didn't have anything to do with the acutal food), and I hope I'm not too snobby for Tomo because I do plan to go there once a week at least once I'm back in town.

I really like Whole Foods sushi too.  Whenever I'm there I always buy it.  And I know veggie rolls aren't fish (and that's really what is meant by sushi snob--it's all about the fish!)  but they have a brown rice roll with avocado, carrot, etc. and a ginger dipping sauce that I love.

You know between Tomo, Nanking and Mystic Planet - these are three major step ups instead of yet, another, chicken joint.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Really4rob on June 22, 2008, 10:31:00 AM
You know between Tomo, Nanking and Mystic Planet - these are three major step ups instead of yet, another, chicken joint.

LOL, and here I was thinking that just once, today, I was going to give in and take a flyer from the new chicken joint across from the post office, because they trying so hard.   ;D

Anyway, I've done the order in Tomo thing a few times, and been pretty much happy.  (I say I because my wife prefers Happy Kitchen, and Luc prefers Chinese food over everything else (Arunee Thai, Delhi Indian, La Boina Roja Columbian) we order or visit.)  And this $1 deal is really the way to get the Octopus and Squid I like so much, and not too many places have Red Clam (yay!).
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 22, 2008, 10:44:44 AM
I still prefer HK's hot food but I like eating in at Tomo better and I think Tomo has better Tempura especially the veggie. yum.

Can you be a sushi snob if you prefer hot food?    :laugh:   Probably not.

NO MORE CHICKEN JOINTS!  I think we're the chicken capital of the 5 boroughs.


Note from Moderator:  There is a continued discussion on Japanese cuisine found at this new thread:  Discussion on Japanese Cuisine (http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=1139.0)
Title: Tomo Take-out
Post by: buddy on June 27, 2008, 09:15:05 AM
Much faster than HK.  Maybe cuz I'm two blocks away and further from the other but they got here fast.  It was great.  I was hungry.  I love their salad dressing.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: 718mom on June 27, 2008, 03:14:26 PM
I recently ate at Tomo Sushi, right here in jh.  I think it was just okay.  Better than East 21.  I had rock and roll and some other rolls and a Sapporo.  I still love TJ Asian Bistro, the people who work there are sooooooo sweet, funny and nice.  The sushi there is so good, when you eat it you will see that Tomo can't compare.  I'm so not a sushi snob btw, I eat any sushi, even Costco :P
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on June 27, 2008, 03:53:33 PM
I recently ate at Tomo Sushi, right here in jh.  I think it was just okay.  Better than East 21.  I had rock and roll and some other rolls and a Sapporo.  I still love TJ Asian Bistro, the people who work there are sooooooo sweet, funny and nice.  The sushi there is so good, when you eat it you will see that Tomo can't compare.  I'm so not a sushi snob btw, I eat any sushi, even Costco :P

I love Costco's prepared foods.  I think the quality is good and always fresh.  I've gotten their shrimp platters many times for company. (How lazy am I that I won't even BOIL SHRIMP!)
Title: A Last! A New Japanese Restuarnt on 37th AVenue
Post by: Breezie on July 03, 2008, 08:23:02 AM
Check out Tomo's Japanese Restaurant on 37th Avenue between 86th and 87th Street
Very good
Dare I say better than Happy Kitchen??...
and there is ample seating!


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Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: meigui on July 07, 2008, 12:16:37 AM
Tomo, not bad. Price is good, lots of good teriyaki box deals. The Miso Eggplant appetizer was perfect and not greasy.Love the peppered tuna salad. They do a creamy miso carrot salad dressing. For local it is good.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Shelby2 on August 17, 2008, 10:43:59 AM
I finally got to see/try Tomo.  I just got take-out, did not sit down.  I thought the salmon/avocado roll was quite nice, the yellowtail sushi fine, but the tuna sushi was not great - it seemed slimy.  But that said, I am still really happy the place is there.  I think it's a great addition to the neighborhood.  The interior is pretty nice looking and I will definitely be back, at least for more salmon avocado rolls.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: spanky on August 17, 2008, 12:13:45 PM
Wife and I went to ToMo for lunch yesterday.  She is not a lover of Japanese food but is always open to trying a new place, it turned out she really enjoyed the sashimi and the avocado roll and thought the decor was great.  We're looking forward to a return trip soon.
Title: new japanese place
Post by: billybob on August 19, 2008, 04:11:33 PM
There is a new japenese place between 86th and 87th on 37th Road and it is good! I am not a big japenese food fan, but this place is great. The best is the lunch box - I got Tempura chicken and vegatables, and it comes iwth soup, slad, rice and those little dumpling things, for $7.95, I believe. Huge portions and the restaurant itself is very nice.
Title: Re: new japanese place
Post by: billybob on August 19, 2008, 04:13:41 PM
I meant, 37th Avenue TOMO
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: buddy on August 20, 2008, 09:44:40 PM
billybob Tomo is nice.  We've been looking forward to it being here and it's definitely a welcome change.  A bunch of us have already gone.  Domo arigato.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: AMT on August 23, 2008, 12:14:22 AM
Sushi on 37th and 86th? SO unexpected, and it's pretty good. God sent really. And I'm an atheist. :smitten:
Title: Shin Ba Sushi in Elmhurst
Post by: Shelby2 on March 02, 2009, 09:38:52 AM
Has anyone tried this place?  I think they opened in 2008.

Shin Ba Sushi
www.shinbanyc.com
9128 Corona Ave Elmhurst

Their lunch specials range from $7-$10. 
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Chuckster on November 28, 2009, 11:02:48 PM
It looks like there may be a new Japanese restaurant opening on Northern Blvd. near the corner of 48th Street.  Geographically speaking, would that be considered Woodside?  In any case, it's not too far from here.  The restaurant front has a large "opening soon" banner advertising Kumo Sushi Bar at the location that was temporarily occupied by the Halloween costume shop on Northern.

Anyone have more info on this to share?
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Jeffsayyes on November 29, 2009, 01:42:28 AM
hmmm, I know of a kumo in Plainview. It's pretty damn good. i doubt it's the same though, right?
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Queenskid on November 30, 2009, 12:18:06 PM
Linn in Astoria is the most authentic Japanese I've had in Queens.  It has an interesting vibe in that it is also an art studio with movies projected onto a wall.  Beyond the artsy stuff, the food is very good --I think the chef/owner worked at Masa--and very legit.  The address is 29-13 Broadway.  It's an area that is now home to a small, young Japanese population, mostly college students.  There is a cute little Japanese food store right next door.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Chuckster on April 05, 2010, 02:14:16 PM
It looks like there may be a new Japanese restaurant opening on Northern Blvd. near the corner of 48th Street.  Geographically speaking, would that be considered Woodside?  In any case, it's not too far from here.  The restaurant front has a large "opening soon" banner advertising Kumo Sushi Bar at the location that was temporarily occupied by the Halloween costume shop on Northern.

Anyone have more info on this to share?

I noticed this weekend that Kumo has opened.  Outside, looking in, it appears very "loungie"...  blue neon lighting, dark interior.  I managed to see the silhouettes of a few people seated at the bar, but that's pretty much it.   :-\  Will have to explore further.
Title: Re: Neighborhood & Favorite Japanese Restaurants
Post by: Griswold Contessa on April 05, 2010, 02:47:33 PM
IMHO the best Japanese Restaurant in Queens is in Woodside.... TJ Asian Bistro at 50-19 Skillman Ave.

http://www.tjsushi.com/