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Coming eventually in Sunnyside

MarcInSunnysideGardens Dec 27, 2006 08:48 PM

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.

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  1. Monkey Man Jake RE: MarcInSunnysideGardens Dec 28, 2006 01:21 PM

    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.

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      MarcInSunnysideGardens RE: MarcInSunnysideGardens Jan 8, 2007 05:19 PM

      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.

      1. Linda RE: MarcInSunnysideGardens Jan 8, 2007 11:00 PM

        interesting - can anyone get a feel for what nationality the owners are? i'm pretty sure it's not japanese owned, but in any event... what a nice addition to the area! look forward to checking out.

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        1. re: Linda
          Woodsider RE: Linda Apr 23, 2007 05:30 PM

          Pretty sure they are southern Chinese... I will ask for sure next time I go.

        2. LoDega RE: MarcInSunnysideGardens Jan 11, 2007 10:34 PM

          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!

          1. Monkey Man Jake RE: MarcInSunnysideGardens Jan 13, 2007 03:03 PM

            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.

            1. Monkey Man Jake RE: MarcInSunnysideGardens Jan 13, 2007 03:03 PM

              The service, of course, at this date, was mixed at best. Friendly. No beer or wine yet. They wouldn't even let us BYO.

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              1. re: Monkey Man Jake
                MarcInSunnysideGardens RE: Monkey Man Jake Apr 4, 2007 07:55 AM

                T.J.A.B. is now serving sake and beer.

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