As part of the celebrations for New Month’s Eve, we went to dinner at what I regularly refer to as “half-priced sushi”: Oki Japanese restaurant on the north side of Queens Blvd., between 45th and 46th. That basically means you can get sushi for a dollar a piece between 5:30 and 7:30, Monday through Thursday. There is actually a different restaurant in the neighborhood that has that special 24/7, but I’ll cover that another day.
They always have lots of fun specials posted in the window, and on the walls inside (the overall menu is quite large). “Oki,” by the way, does not mean “large” (that’s “okii” in Japanese), but rather “ocean centered”, which makes sense for this seafood-oriented venue.
Many entrees come with miso soup and salad, and each can be ordered separately for just $1.50. Pretty standard fare, which I always enjoy, and there are a number of special soups & salads available on the menu as well.
Two pieces of salmon and two pieces of tuna (my favorite sushi). They are of a hefty size, and quite tasty. It’s definitely worth it for only a dollar a piece.
A satisfying bowl of shrimp Tekka Don. Even the rice is really good – thick, juicy pieces with lots of flavor from the sauces.
The highlight of my meal was this delicious tuna tataki. It’s basically raw tuna, very briefly seared (allegedly a preparation method the Japanese picked up from the Portuguese in the 19th century). It’s served with a light sauce and thinly sliced cucumber sticks. I encourage you to order a tataki dish if you’ve never had one.