TJ Asian Bistro, on Skillman at 50th street, is by far the best Japanese restaurant in Sunnyside, and I would venture to say one of the best in the entire city, especially considering the price to value ratio. I went there last night in a group of 6 people to enjoy a festive post-Thanksgiving dinner.
The unassuming exterior doesn’t betray what deliciousness lies inside.
The extensive menu includes a large variety of special rolls, many not found anywhere else. There is also a nice assortment of sakes and beers.
TJ’s version of my soup-of-the-month: Tom Yum, here seen with chicken. I had a bite and it was quite good, but I think not spicy enough and didn’t quite have the oomph of the soup I got from I am Thai.
This spoonful of the soup is brimming with mushrooms and other flavorful ingredients.
A beautifully presented cylinder of tuna tartar. I personally did not try this one, but it sure looks delicious.
I can’t remember at the moment what this was, but as you can see, the chefs at TJ put a lot of thought and effort into the presentation.
Ok, done with the appetizers, so lets move onto the main sushi platters. I think that’s the “Oh Good” roll in the background.
This was my meal, consisting of the “fantastic roll”, yellowtail roll, and some tuna sashimi. The glass you see in the center is not a drink, but rather a special a special sauce for the fantastic roll. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Here is a closeup of the tuna sashimi – my favorite raw fish. The slabs are quite generous in terms of their size.
Even a standard yellowtail roll is lightly garnished and nicely presented. I was also impressed with the construction of the sushi pieces themselves – tightly wrapped and correctly proportioned.
I believe this is the “electric roll”, amongst other things.
One of the three hardworking sushi chefs on duty during our meal.
Alex expresses his (sake-induced) love for TJ Asian Bistro.
$170 pre-tax for six people, including multiple rolls, appetizers, and lots of sake – try getting all this for that price in Manhattan!
This just about sums it up!