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

betseeee Jul 8, 2005 01:54 PM

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.


  1. kiwijen Nov 11, 2009 06:34 PM

    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
      Lono37 Nov 12, 2009 05:26 PM

      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
        Clambelly Nov 13, 2009 04:01 AM

        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.

        6 Bond St, Great Neck, NY 11021

        Kotobuki Restaurant
        1530 Old Northern Blvd, Roslyn, NY 11576

    2. chefjellynow Apr 12, 2007 03:42 PM

      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

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        betseeee Jul 11, 2005 03:08 PM

        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. :-)

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          KB Jul 9, 2005 06:35 PM

          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.

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            Pete Jul 9, 2005 09:18 AM

            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.

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              sbp Jul 8, 2005 09:05 PM

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

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                MKS Jul 8, 2005 07:24 PM

                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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                  Siobhan Jul 8, 2005 09:48 PM

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


                  1. re: MKS
                    dillpickle Jul 11, 2005 03:15 PM

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

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