To start off the new year, we ventured all the way out to 39th st. and Queens Blvd on the north side to dine at Chikurin Japanese restaurant. I’ve had take-out from there before, but never actually sat down for dinner.
Chikurin advertises a permanent 50% off on their sushi, but this is somewhat deceiving. You can indeed get $1 sushi and sashimi, but they are rather small and of average quality. If you really don’t want to pay more than a $1 per piece, I recommend going to to the “happy hour” at Oki instead.
This peas with salt came as a complimentary appetizer. It’s called edamame, right? Or am I confusing that with something else? I am such a bad food blogger…
One of my favorite Japanese appetizers – tuna tatake! Lightly broiled thin tuna pieces. It definitely did not disappoint! A generous portion for $7 and highly recommended.
This was my platter of sushi rolls. The main one in the center is the special dragon roll ($8), in which the primary fish is eel. In front of it is the standard salmon roll (nothing special), and in the foreground you see two pieces of tuna sashimi (only one dollar each, but less than half the size of what you would get at many other Japanese restaurants!). Overall it was pretty tasty and worth it, but it’s certainly no TJ’s Asian Bistro.
Chikurin has a good selection of Bento boxes, and although a little steep in price (hovering around $14 and even higher), I think it’s worth it if you’re hungry, because as you can see they include quite a lot of food. Those rolls on the left are actually not sushi – they are chicken! Quite innovative.