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Aug 17, 2006 05:26 PM

Best Japanese in Astoria?

Going along Broadway and 30th ave- there's a few Japanese places- I've been especially looking at the one on the corner of 34th street and 30 ave. And the one on Broadway and 37street. Any ideas? suggestions?


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  1. Actually, if you're talking about Go Wasabi on 34th and 30th, it's probably better for Korean food since it's a Korean-owned, Korean-style Japanese restaurant. I like their bibimbap the most. The sushi is pretty mediocre.

    According to my bf who is Japanese, Shima on Broadway is not that great either, but they have decent lunchboxes. Frankly, I think you have to really watch out for Japanese restaurants that are owned by Chinese or other non-Japanese people because the food is not really Japanese.

    Try Nebuta on Astoria Blvd and 31st (next to Dunkin Donuts). It is Japanese owned but is more fast food stuff like Japanese curry and tonkatsu. No sushi, but very nice owner and very authentic and tasty and cheap too!

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    1. re: hotdishandkimchi

      hmm, i have been past that place a few times and never thought to go in. i may just have to stop by.

      1. re: hotdishandkimchi

        i just went by nebuta. there was a sign up that said that they will be closed for the next week or two.

        1. re: hotdishandkimchi

          nebuta is back open. i went in and got tonkatsu. it was a very good tonkatsu. i'll be back.

        2. Try JJ's on 31st ave and about 37th street. The sushi is excellent, as are the rest of the dishes. It's not Japanese owned (the chef is Chinese) but everything there is a step above the other options in the neighborhood.

          1. we've been to Watawa on Ditmars (around 32nd or 33rd St) several times for sushi. It's a little difficult to find good sushi around there, but i think it's the best we've found in Astoria so far. certainly better than gowasabi. i'm not sure about the rest of the menu though. prices seem reasonable.

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            1. I've had consistantly good food at Watawa. I've eaten there maybe ten or fifteen times and have had delivery countless times. The dynamite roll is very good. The sushi and sashimi is always fresh. The staff is sometimes a little off. Not rude or bad, just confused sometimes (someone comes over and takes our order and then a minute later someone else asks if we're ready to order--that's happened to me twice there)

              1. Recently been trying Ginza, a hibachi joint that opened maybe a month ago on Steinway between Broadway and 31st (in what I guess used to be the KFC). The first week the sushi was just OK. Pieces too large (and odd) and of varying quality. In subsequent weeks it has been getting much, much better in terms of quality. No tremendous variety though and all the "speciality" rolls had tempura bits in them. No liquor license yet so some free saki was to be had. Lots of glass and marble, so it can get a bit noisy at peak dinner times. The upstairs hibachi restaurant is about a circus-y as that kind of stuff gets these days with lots of loud noises and chefs throwing fried zucchini towards your mouth (not really my thing but I guess a kind of Chucky Cheese by way of Blue Man Group or Stomp from grown ups and families). I like them well enough and will return.

                I used to frequent Bai (on Broadway between 39 and 38 I think) and the aforementioned Shima more often. In fact, I had a great meal at Shima about 10 days ago. Both places are pleasant, no ordering confusion,and the fish is fine (in terms of quality, quantity, and choice). What has irked me is that on previous occasions the cost at both places suddenly became a bit more than I expected.