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Kotobuki in Hauppauge - is it as good as they say?

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  • betseeee Jul 8, 2005 01:54 PM
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Curious to hear about your experiences there. Especially if you can compare it to someplace like Blue Ribbon in Manhattan/Brooklyn or other well-regarded city sushi destinations.

Thanks!

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  1. I've been to the one in Babylon many times and endured long waits esp. on FRI. & Sat. but well worth it. They had a fire recently not sure if they opened yet. If Haup. is half as good I would give it a try.IMHO best place west of the hamptons.

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    1. re: MKS

      Have been there and liked it but was not bowled over but i think it is my lack of sophistication. Any suggestions on ordering?

      Thanks.

      1. re: MKS

        hands down, our favorite place for sushi in the tristate area outside of manhattan!

      2. I was there once; it is very good. But I live closer to Nisen and it is also excellent.

        1. I've only been to the Hauppauge branch, and it is as good as they say. You can't go wrong with the sushi special for 2 (or 3 or 4), which includes soup, salad, fried oyster appetizer, and a stupendous assortment of sushi, sashimi, and maki. At $25 per person, it is a great deal.

          I also love their tuna/avocado salad, spider roll, and many of the specialty rolls. They don't take reservations, so if you go at a peak time, you will wait...but it is worth it. I simply can't eat sushi from anywhere else and really enjoy it anymore.

          1. I've been going there since I was wee (and once this week!), and I've gotta say that I haven't had significantly better fish--certainly not yellowtail or fresh salmon--anywhere else. Somewhat limited selection, super-suburban crowd, always glisteningly excellent fish.

            1. Thanks for all the (concurring) opinions! I will add it to the list next time we're up for sushi and a bit of a drive. :-)

              1. all i can say is order the sushi delux for 1 for yourself, it is one of the best plates of sushi you will get anywhere on long island

                1. Just went tonight. It was excellent. But the rolls are simply too big for one bite. I'd rather have more smaller bites than fewer huge ones.

                  But in addition, I had the shitake/asparagus appetizer which was wonderful, even if the sauce had too much butter in it.

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                  1. re: kiwijen

                    Wow, four years since I posted on this thread...I have to say the Hauppauge location is still great. My recent favorite thing there is the sashimi lunch -- miso, salad, about 12 big chunks of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, and flounder, a salmon/tuna/avocado roll, and a dish of blackened salmon with horseradish hollandaise. At $14, an absolute steal. Think I may need to go tomorrow.

                    1. re: Lono37

                      I dunno....many people told me that Kotobuki was the best. Went on a Friday night, stood in an horrendous crowd waiting to be called to a table in the overly-packed restaurant, where I could see the throng of people waiting for tables (where I had stood for what felt like an hour). They hover, watching for signs of parties finishing up and it makes you uncomfortable as you're eating, feeling as though you need to rush. Not 10 minutes away is a gem of a sushi place in Glen Head, on Glen Head Rd. called Kiraku. Beats Kotobuki by a mile for my liking. Now, maybe if I could try Kotobuki again without the masses of humanity clamoring to get in, perhaps if I could just get a quiet seat at the sushi bar alone (so I wouldn't have to subject my wife and my friends to another crowd scene that felt like a Cecil B. DeMille cast of thousands) I might enjoy it as you all suggest. But before I do that, I implore you to try Kiraku in Glen Head, then post back here so I can get your take, because I've eaten a lot of sushi and sashimi, and for my money, Kiraku tops the list on Long Island. Hinata on Bond Street in Great Neck is kinda good too. Stay away from Yamaguchi in Port Washington, though. Very friendly Yamaguchi family. Very dirty and unimpressive restaurant.

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                      Hinata
                      6 Bond St, Great Neck, NY 11021

                      Kotobuki Restaurant
                      1530 Old Northern Blvd, Roslyn, NY 11576