I apologize for the long summer hiatus, but this weekend Sunnyside Food makes a triumphant return. We went with a few friends to the neighborhood’s newest Japanese restaurant: Takesushi, which replaced the Romanian Transylvania on 42nd street between Queens Blvd. and 43rd ave.
The left side of the building also belongs to the restaurant, so there is actually a lot more seating inside than it seems. The restaurant only opened a few weeks ago, but hasn’t had its official Grand Opening yet, as they don’t have a liquor license yet. This turned out to be a big plus for us, as we were able to bring in our own bottles of sake and beer.
The first thing that struck me on the menu were the unusually high prices (for the neighborhood). The owner apparently had a restaurant in Manhattan in the past, which probably explains it. Individual sashimi pieces are $3-$4, and special rolls start at $12 – on average twice as much as comparable rolls at TJ Asian Bistro. The best deals are the sushi combos – a small one for $18 and large for $22. Each comes with a (large) salad and a miso soup.
Your standard miso soup. Also comes with a small side of some vegetables.
Here is the large sushi platter. 10 pieces of sashimi (5 are always the same, and 5 are chef’s choice). You also get a choice of a standard roll (tuna in this case). The sashimi pieces are a good size and very good (highest quality I’ve had in Sunnyside), but the rolls are disappointingly small. Watch out for the squid sashimi – it looks like a regular white fish, but is super-chewy and has an odd texture.
This is the smaller sushi platter. I apologize for the poor quality pictures, but sadly my D5000 camera battery was dead, so I had to resort to my cellphone.
The rolls are very good, but a bit on the small side, especially considering the price.
This Aji No Tatake ($12) appetizer is very fishy in taste, but quite good. It’s basically lightly seared mackerel. I prefer the tuna tatake.
Here is another collection of a few different special rolls. As I already mentioned, they are all quite good, but not as exciting as at TJ’s, and more expensive. I would stick to TJ’s for the rolls, and Takesushi for sashimi. The menu here also has a lot of Japanese cooked dishes, so we will have to try some of those next time.