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  1. I was recommended Shima in Astoria, never been though.
    Mickey's in Forest Hills is not spectacular but it's friendly and you can get a decent sushi/sashimi combination there.

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    1. re: Kerry
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      Astoria Lurker

      JJs in Astoria (38th st & 31st ave). Where is Shima?

        1. re: Kerry

          29-(dash)-13...When in Queens, hyphenate!

          1. re: Mike R.

            Yes, sir! :-)
            by the way, we Queensers hope you will make many more trips to our fair borough in order to regale us with more terrific food reviews!

            1. re: Kerry
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              mrferrisbueler

              "Nay I Say" to both Astoria suggestions. JJs sushi is almost as nasty as the Korean Sushi on Broadway. I used to be a supporter of Shima. But I was there recently and was very disappointed. Cuts are smaller and tasted as though it was previously frozen (as many low end sushi spots do).

              I live in the Ditmars-Park area so if I want good sushi its "Over the Bridge and Through the Hood" to Haru Sushi we go. (UES)

              1. re: mrferrisbueler

                That's too bad. I got the Shima recommendation from a waitress at a terrific Japanese restaurant in the city, too bad it didn't pan out...

                1. re: Kerry
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                  mrferrisbueler

                  Really though, if your hard up for sushi in town Shima is your best bet.

                  1. re: mrferrisbueler

                    Queens is in dire need of a good sushi spot that has a properly trained chef, with good knife skills, and a knack for selecting fish, or finding a good fish purveyor to ship fish from hokkaido and tokyo.

                    1. re: Ricky
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                      david sprague

                      perhaps just as importantly, Queens is in dire need of a clientele that's large enough to support such a spot -- and, if one is to factor in the ship-in cost, add "well-heeled enough" to that description.

                      not to be argumentative, but having lived in the borough for the past 16 years, i've grown accustomed to its strengths -- which are many -- and its weaknesses (of which sushi is about the weakest). frankly, i don't find it all that troubling that my daily walk down Roosevelt Avenue doesn't include a sashimi specialist or a bistro. i'm happy with what it has to offer me.

                      1. re: david sprague

                        I think theres a big enough Japanese population in Astoria, Elmhurst, Woodside, Forrest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Jackson Heights to support such a business. I mean for god sakes there is a Asahiya in Yonkers.

                        1. re: Ricky

                          Agreed. (We do have an adorable Japanese mini-grocery, Oishii.)

                        2. re: david sprague

                          one can always hope, no?
                          I just love finding authentic food in the darndest of places. Smack in the middle of Appleton, Wisconsin, I once found a fantastic Korean restaurant. I see no reason why we can't wish for the best here in Queens :-)

                    2. re: Kerry

                      Shima got progressively worse during the 5 years I lived in Astoria. I would definitely go to JJ's or Bai on Broadway for sushi instead.

                      1. re: tracyk

                        My experience as well. Moved in 11 years ago -- whoa has it been that long? -- and it used to be really good. Until about 3 or 4 years ago. Would get bad cuts. grisley slices.

                        Avoid.

                    3. re: mrferrisbueler

                      Haru? Home of the piles of pre-sliced fish, like they do with deli meat in the midwest? And you travel for it? You have got to be kidding. That's worse than staying in Queens and eating whatever nasty sushi you were grumbling about.

                      1. re: was
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                        mrferrisbueler

                        I would hardly say that a 10 min drive across the bridge to the UES is traveling. It would take me longer to find parking around Shima on Broadway.

                        I do however agree that Haru is not A+ quality sushi. But it is the priced reasonably and is 1000x better than anything around Astoria.

                        What do YOU suggest??

                    4. re: Kerry

                      It was high adventure, to be sure.

                      Today's Queens excursion (by F 'n' G train) to see momma included a nostalgic pop-in to Knish Nosh (had an ever-weakening potato knish...will have to try the new cabbage or "sweetie" special) and a lesser-than-usual prune danish at Andre's Hungarian.

                      Completely fell off the wagon!

                      BTW, Kerry...don't forget your Brooklyn roots.

                      1. re: Mike R.

                        It's very hard to forget my Brooklyn roots when people are constantly posting such wonderful news about Brooklyn food here! :-)

                        1. re: Kerry

                          Talk about roots...mine are Hungarian and now (grandma would be pleased) Knish Nosh has a stuffed cabbage knish...whoopee!

              2. re: Kerry

                Very sad to learn that Shima has recently closed permanently. Not sure if anyone can confirm, but the rumor in Astoria is that when the owner came down with cancer, he hired a Japanese bookkeeper who began to embezel money from the restaurant lasting a number of years, and this killed the business. Also, rumor has it that the last restaurant manager hired by the owner (a Japanese man supposedly there since 2004) was in on this embezzeling scheme, and really brought down the quality of the restaurant.

                1. re: Kerry

                  Some friends told me about a place with no name. Is this it? Also, to the original post writer, people have been raving about Ran in Forest Hills which I haven't tried myself.

                2. Mani-Mani on Northern Blvd. in Flushing has fantastic roles.

                  1. I like Watawa in Astoria. It's on Ditmars Blvd around 35th Street. The service is a little wonly, but I think their sushi makes up for it.

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                    1. re: CeeBee

                      I am shocked that more people aren't talking about Watawa. It is amazing!!

                      1. re: doona

                        Really, it isn't.
                        It's the best sushi I've had in Astoria, or elsewhere in the area.
                        But c'mon, there are dozen and dozens and dozens of places in Manhattan that are superior to Watawa, including many in the same price range. We have a lof of amazing restaurants in Queens that are better than their competition elsewhere. Watawa, while perhaps the best in Astoria and surrounding area, just isn't amazing.

                        1. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens

                          This post seems to be talking about Queens Marc. So relative to that, awesome that you agree. :-)

                    2. Sushi in queens is not so great but, when I have a craving, I order from BAI on B'way and 37th Street. The sushi there is fresh and pretty consistant. I would say the worste Sushi place is Wasabi on 30th ave and 34th Street Horrible!!!

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                        hungryastorian

                        I don'tknow what's going on over there now - but Lil'bistro 33 HAD a sushi chef on the weekends - unfortunately the guy went and opened his own place in Westchester. I bellive he's been replace - so.... I know all over this board it says to avoid lil bistro on the weekends... but maybe that's one of the reasons that it's so darned crowded.

                        aside: I think Go Wasabi is... fine, JJ's is okay... Bai is nothing to write home about (but I only had their sushi once)

                        And why is there another eurostyle cafe opening on 30th when we're obviously lacking sushi?

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                        1. re: hungryastorian

                          lil bistro is now doing sushi during the week and the sushi chef is bigger and better than before
                          the sushi is the best in astoria maybe even Queens
                          small place call ahead best time to go is sun-thurs
                          weekend the place is packed
                          they tell me brunch is coming soon

                          1. re: hungryastorian
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                            Dennis Mannion

                            Actually, this place is volcano waiting to explode..as good a meal, with brilliant, elegant presentation and REASONABLE prices, as I've had a quite a while in NYC..sushi is fantastic! artfully presented, exploding with flavour...Crowded? No complaints, but I dont have trouble getting in.

                            1. re: hungryastorian

                              they do have a new sushi girl and shes' better that the other guy and they are now doing sushi on thursdays
                              I can't wait for it to be a all week deal

                              best sushi in queens will give some nyc places a run for the money

                            2. This is a bit farther east, but Kyoto (153-11 Union Turnpike) is pretty good.

                              1. I highly recommend TJ's Asian Bistro on Skillman Ave @ 51st Street. The owners, Jay and Jim are Chinese and have been making sushi all over the world for many years. Nice, clean decor, five seat sushi bar, decent sake selection. Lunch and dinner. Major CC's. Very fresh fish, ask for "anything special" at the sushi bar for items not regularly on the menu.

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                                1. re: chinatownmike

                                  i didn't think tj's asian bistro was anything special, quite honestly. i went once and haven't been back since. the cuts of fish were too thick (a huge pet peeve of mine). they were fresh, i'll give them that. the place is clean. however, steer clear of the non-sushi dishes. their udon was the most atrocious thing ever. i've never had to put soy sauce in udon, but i had to b/c it was so bland. it's very evident that this is not a japanese-operated/owned establishment.

                                  i've been so, so disappointed with the state of japanese food in queens. when i eat with my bf's family (japanese), we'll go to yamaguchi in port washington, long island, as it's one of the few japanese-owned/operated places around. we used to go to tenjin on northern blvd out in little neck when it was japanese-operated, but it's been sold off to koreans and i think sold off again.

                                  if i want japanese - i go to the city. plain and simple.

                                  if i want raw fish in queens, i give up on japanese altogether and go the korean route. i would suggest you guys try the same. i go to places like cheong ha jin, pa do hwe jeep, and sam da do in flushing/bayside. it's a heck of a lot of food, fresh sushi/sashimi, and various other sea items, like sea urchins/sea cucumbers/etc. you order like a huge boat of sushi/sashimi and the order comes with tons and tons of side dishes like katsu, nehng myun, ji gae, veggies, banchan, you name it.

                                  1. re: Linda

                                    Say, I was reading somewhere about hwe places that slice the fresh raw meat off a just-killed fish, serve it as part of the spread, then take the bones and make a great spicy seafood soup to close the meal.

                                    Do Cheong Hae Jin, Pado, Samdado et al. do this? How about Su San, the place with all the fish tanks near Murray Hill LIRR? It sounds fantastic.

                                    1. re: squid kun

                                      Meant to add the links ...

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                                      Cheong Hae Jin
                                      160-20 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                                      Samdado
                                      221-02 Horace Harding Expy, Queens, NY 11364

                                      Pado
                                      171-53 46th Ave, Queens, NY 11358

                                      Su San Seafood
                                      40-30 149th Pl, Queens, NY 11354

                                      1. re: squid kun

                                        hmm - all these places do serve a spicy seafood jigae at the end with the bones from the fish, but i'm not sure if it's from freshly killed fish. i'll have to ask the next time i go to these places, so i'll keep you posted.

                                        there's another place that is kitty-corner from the KFC on northern blvd and murray street (right across the street from han yang supermarket) on the corner. that's another hwe place - i can't remember the name. but BY FAR, this place has the MOST exotic sea offerings out of all of the others. they have an assorted offering that not only is raw fish, but they have the sea urchins and all the things i don't recognize.

                                        my father, who is from the seaside in south korea, relishes this place b/c it reminds him of eating things he freshly plucked off from under the rocks from the sea when he was little.

                                        i've never been to su san. if you do go, please let me know how it is!

                                        out of the other 3, i think cheong hae jin is the most accommodating and clean. the tables are packed on the weekends. i go to samdado b/c it's close to my father and the parking is convenient. pa do is good - they've been around forever.

                                        1. re: Linda

                                          Thanks - these sound great!

                                          About that intriguing-sounding exotic place ... my handy Korean biz directory lists East Seafood Restaurant (동해수산) at 150-60 Northern. (Some online references call it "Eastern.") I think I've passed by it. Corner space with big glass doors and windows?

                                          1. re: squid kun

                                            yes, that's correct. it's the one with the big glass windows, and there's a tiny parking area right behind it along murray street.

                                            it's def best to go to any hwe place with at least 3-4 people. for 2 people, it's way too much food, i even struggle with 3. 4 seems to be the magic number, and even better if you can keep adding people. :-)

                                            1. re: Linda

                                              any recent feedback on east? we're in the area occasionally to shop at han yang (and gorge on the amazing kimchee mandoo from the attached snack bar), and the restaurant sounds like a great addition to the itinerary.

                                2. Akiyama in Whitestone is very good.

                                  1. I heard that Mickey's is closing. Any truth to that?

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                                    1. re: jennielap

                                      it moved to bayside, bell blvd i believe.

                                      1. re: Linda

                                        takara in whitestone has rated among chowhounders as best in area for awile. it is on 14th right by 150th. look it up here. i went x since moving to whitestone and was pleased

                                        1. re: Linda

                                          I posted the address in another topic:

                                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/438988

                                          Kwanda of Japan, Inc.(Wine License
                                          )d/b/a Mickey’s Place
                                          40-17 Bell Blvd.
                                          Bayside, NY 11361