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New Japanese in L.I.C. - Tokyo II

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New Japanese in L.I.C. - Tokyo II

Dan H. | Dec 4, 2001 07:17 PM

I was cutting over to Northern Blvd. under the elevated N train and passed this new Japanese on the corner of 31st Street and 38th Ave. in Long Island City. The place attracted my eye because there was absolutely nothing else around, just darkened buildings and this bright place called Tokyo II with a sign saying "Grand Opening" on top. I went back later that night, dragging a friend along to try it out.(The oasis feel drew me there, not so much the promise of good Japanese. It was a pretty cagey neck of the woods, after all.) Anyways, had a thoroughly pleasant, though not incredibly extraordinary, dining experience there. Apparently, it's the sister restaurant to a place called Tokyo I also off 31st Street in Astoria that I always pass on the way to Bohemian Hall. Never went into that one, but this one (or II, as it were) was solid. An extensive menu of speciality rolls with the "Ditmars Roll" (Spicy Tuna & cuke with Salmon and Avocado on the outside) the standout. Also tried the basic Tuna, Salmon and California rolls which were pretty fresh. (Some of the rolls with Mayonnaise as an ingredient put me off a little though.) Also tried the Sunomono seaweed and cucumber appetizer with a heaping dose of giant-sized fresh oysters on top. Also a thumbs up. Mamboo Tofu, sort of a Japanese chop suey, with moist pieces of duck floating in there also floated our boats. As far as the decor, it's pretty straight forward Japanese kitsch with kites and the like hanging from the walls. But the place was clean and the wood well polished. In a word, cozy. Despite its locale, there were a fair number of people in there, including several Asians, huddled over big plates of Sushi and Tempura. Every body seemed pretty happy. A welcome addition in a restaurant-scarce part of town.

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