Coming eventually in Sunnyside
Next to La Margoline on Skillman, there have been a series of half-assed fruit market/delis that have routinely opened and gone out of business.
A new awning is in place for "TJ Asian Bistro".
For some reason I'm intrigued by just how small the spot is.
They were doing some work in there today but it was hard to see how far along they are.
I remember talking to the last owner of the fruit/deli place... and he was a cook. He made some excellent chili and a few other things. He was Korean... and I wonder if it's the same guy. He said he always wanted to open a restaurant.
TJ Asian Bistro opened for business at 11:30 this morning.
I was in there for about 30 seconds at 9:30 and it looks unusual for the neighborhood; slate floors, fairly moody lighting, pretty spiffy.
It's a sushi joint. Relatively new school, with a Jalapeno Yellowtail appetizer, a "Tuna Tartar Ring" app, and numerous adventurous rolls on the menu. Some of the apps and soups nod to Thailand, but it's mostly the sort of clever sushi-driven menu that drives the purists nuts (I tend to like the clever sushi). I compare the menu to Astoria's quite decent Watawa, though the prices are cheaper (I get a little nervous when sushi places are cheap).
All in all, it looks promising.
I went there last night and had the seaweed salad, miso soup, yasai gyoza, 8 piece sushi, and the No Name Roll. All the fish was terrific (even ones I don't terribly like) and the wacky maki are creative and delicious. The gyoza were steamed and squishier than I like, but otherwise fine.
Food arrived in sort of a haphazard order and the plates are almost too big for the tables, but I'm excited to go back!
Went there and had some very good Tuna Tartare. Then the waitress appeared and told us that it wasn't what we ordered and brought us what we'd actually ordered, which was the tartare ring. Both were excellent. Because I'm trying to watch my weight, I think I prefer the ringless tartare. The sushi was all excellent, including some of the special rolls.