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Nov 19, 2012 01:53 PM

Takesushi in Sunnyside--a fortunate addition to the neighborhood

We've been twice now, the second time was an improvement, this is solidly the best sushi in Sunnyside. By no means a destination but: solidly the best in the area, IMO. I'm posting here about it because I think it might be easy to miss that it exists, and it's absolutely worth it if you're local, staying in the neighborhood, and craving raw fish.

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  1. It looks like this is the same Takesushi that was located in Manhattan (with a branch on Long Island). Glad to see they were able to reopen after they were abruptly shut down due to a dispute with the landlord at their Manhattan location. If the same itamae from the Manhattan branch are here, they all worked with Ichimura, so they all have some good experience and pedigree.

    1. How would you say it compares to Linn in Astoria?

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      1. re: Pookipichu

        I prefer Linn, though Linn can get pricey quickly. Linn is arguably more inventive but Takesushi had some unusual stuff on their menu as well.

      2. Went twice in the last few days for the udon, and I love the place. So happy to have solid udon in the neighborhood.
        The first time I went, my friend got a sashimi to go for her husband and he claims that it wasn't impressive. Although I trust his taste, I won't judge until I tried the fish myself.

        The udon is excellent but the service is a bit... scattered. The first time we went we waited about 10 minutes for the menus, last night about the same for spoons after the soup was brought to the table. I think they don't work sections of the dining area as two of the girls came over to take the order and each time the owner brought the soup at the table. Nothing major with the service, they're polite and they're trying but somehow there's a bit of lack of flow, if you know what I mean. It doesn't bother me much, just thought others might care.

        There's so much on the menu that I want to try, can't wait to go back.

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        1. re: RedVelvet

          Agree on the service, but I think most service in the neighborhood isn't that good.

          1. re: RedVelvet

            What kind of udon? Their online menu is hard to navigate and I could really go for some good udon.

            1. re: graymath

              Nabeyaki udon. I liked that they bring the tempura shrimp (excellent, btw) on the side, as to not get soggy from the soup.

          2. Yeah I have to agree that this is really solid food, sushi & cooked items both. I took some Japanese friends there last week they were very happy with the food & variety on the menu & enjoyed it. They are from Manhattan & were visibly surprised at how cheap the final bill was for the quality/quantity of what we had, we sampled a variety from the menu.(Omakase is $45/$55. It's still BYOB.)We talked for a while with the owner, nice guy.

            Interesting factoid: according to him his original Takesushi on the UES was the first sushi restaurant in NYC at the birth of the US awareness of sushi/sashimi. That's over 40 years of doing this.

            I don't know much about Japanese food so can't comment on nuances, etc., but I have enjoyed it each time. The eggplant in, I think, a miso sauce was wonderful. It's very reasonably priced & it's now a weekly dinner stop for me. I too am concerned about the location since it isn't on Queens Blvd but around a corner on a residential street, easy to miss & I want this place to stay around.

            As said not a destination, but worth seeking out if you are in one of the neighboring hoods.

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            1. re: Huck

              Oh jeez, I forgot to add that they have fugu, something that I thought I would have to travel to Japan & tell everyone later an embellished tale of drama & anxiety about my Bourdain-like lifestyle.... Nope, there it is just around the corner from me in Queens.

              (And my math was wrong in the above post: I should have said ".. almost 40 years")

              1. re: Huck

                Are you sure it was real Japanese Fugu? These days Japanese restaurants including Neta, are calling Atlantic Blowfish, Fugu. Although it might be in the same family ,it is nothing close to real Fugu. In Japan you need a special license to serve it. It can be deadly if you eat too much of the liver especially.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I believe it. He does stuff like this.

            2. Any comparisons with TJ Asian Bristro, 10 blocks up, which is also in the immediate neighborhood and IMO the best sushi around here?

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              1. re: rhydewithdis

                Takesushi is not a fancy roll Japanese restaurant - it's simple, good, authentic (whatever that means) Japanese food.

                I have been looking for MY sushi restaurant ever since I moved to Queens. Looking for a place where the owner cared about quality of cooking and was present to serve you. Also a place where you can have some dialogue with the owner, like a bar. This is it.

                The menu always has surprises. They even started making heroes as a competition to Subway -- not sure if it lasted, but I did have one at my table and we were the envy of the 15 foot radius of our plate - it was pretty good!

                Why did Robin, the owner, open up here in Sunnyside? He lives down the block.

                Takesushi deserves to be packed. Please show them your patronage and make sure he sticks around.

                1. re: Jeffsayyes

                  I tried Takesushi the other day with a friend, found it to be less than solid. Perhaps if I lived in the neighborhood I'd eat there occasionally, but otherwise, I'd recommend traveling for something better.

                  We started with gyoza, homemade, and actually pretty good, and tasteless chicken wings. The sushi platter for two had fishy tasting pieces and some of the fish was mealy. We didn't even finish it, and it wasn't because we were full.

                2. re: rhydewithdis

                  I agree that Asian Bistro is great, and the lunch specials are insanely cheap and plentiful. Haven't been to the new place.