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Red Hook Hana Sushi--great experience!

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Red Hook Hana Sushi--great experience!

lucia | Mar 16, 2003 11:16 AM

Went again to Hana-Sushi on Route 9 in Red Hook last night. Despite the inside of the building being under construction, the restaurant continues to function. The menu is, in the Japanese fashion, limited to sushi and sashimi, with one udon dish and the usual appetizers. The shumai were better than standard, but the fish was absolutely impeccable, the best sushi I've had north of NYC, much better than Osaka Tivoli and Rhinebeck.

We ate all around the sushi selection, which didn't have any big surprises. The cuts were on the large side, not as big as Yama (which I don't care for), but larger than a mouthful. The mackeral was meltingly tender and tasty, and they did a lobster maki special with a touch of tobigo that I hope they put on the menu. Other things we loved were the eel, scallops, tuna, salmon, giant clam, yellowtail, etc. All perfect.

There is still a language barrier, and you have to be really specific when ordering. Also, there is only one server, who can get really busy if more than three tables are full. The capacity of the place is only about 25 people, though, and only 3 seats at the bar.

And here's something--there was a table of four middle-aged Japanese customers, speaking Japanese and ordering a huge quantity of sushi.

I'm thrilled with the quality and really hope this place survives.

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