after inquiring about japanese-owned japanese restaurants in the outer boroughs, i decided to start off at geido on flatbush ave. thank you everyone for your suggestions, i look forward to checking out the other locations as well (like taro).
as the title of my thread eludes to, i drove to geido from queens. it's right off the bqe tillary st exit and parking is fairly easy. we went for dinner sunday night at 7pm - there were a few tables opened so there was no wait, but the place was def busy.
indeed - the place is japanese-owned, or at the very least, japanese-operated. we were greeted with the customary "irashimase" and noticed the string of fellow japanese diners at the sushi bar and the older japanese sushi chef.
we started off with 3 appetizers: agedashi tofu (fried tofu), soft shell crab and pan seared tuna steak. the agedashi tofu was good-to-average. the tofu was firm yet smooth which i love, but i judge good agedashi tofu on the outside skin and the sauce it comes in. i like the skin to be buttery smooth in my mouth and a flavorful sauce. the skin was filmy and the sauce was sufficient. the soft shell crab came in fried pieces that were tasty, but again, nothing special. it was actually too deep fried tasting for my liking. the tuna steak was good (fresh) but a bit bland.
then, we ordered 2 salmon spicy handrolls, 1 spicy mexican roll, 3 yellowtail sushi and 1 spanish mackerel. the handrolls and the yellowtail were delicious and were the highlights of our meal. very fresh, smooth and soft.
we shared a tonkatsu entree. i was pleased that they served it with tonkatsu sauce and a smidgen of hot mustard (which is key for tonkatsu!). the tonkatsu was plentiful and good, a good balance of juiciness and crispiness.
we cleansed our palattes with ginger and green tea ice cream. with tax + tip and no alcohol (just soda), our meal came out to $80.
overall, i don't think i will come back to geido from queens. geido is a great neighborhood joint that definitely delivers what seems like consistently good food. if i lived in the area, i would def come back but it's not worth driving in from queens again.
i had eaten pan-seared tuna steak salad at lil bistro 33 in astoria recently and that has set the standard for the best tuna steak i've ever tasted. i was hoping that geido would deliver something as delicious, if not better, and was disappointed it fell short. i don't want to take away from the fact that geido was a good experience, just not mindblowing.
thanks for the suggestion and my quest for a great japanese-owned japanese restaurant continues!