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Unique makes all its own the bi-level Oceanside space that once housed Umi.

Executive chef-owner Andy Yang said he spent a decade working for the Nobu Corporation, opening restaurants from New York to LA to Miami to Las Vegas. Yang also was corporate chef for Nisen in Woodbury and Commack.

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As for the restaurant's name, Yang said that the place represents a “new concept,” one that brings together several concepts under one roof. There’s a raw bar, a roster of tapas items, a sushi bar as well as a list of dishes that combine French, New American and Japanese techniques.

On the menu: edamame puree soup ($6), a lobster taco from the “cold tapas” list ($16) and trio of Kobe sliders from the “hot tapas” category ($12), a “Scottish goat” roll — gotta love the name of that one —  made with Scottish salmon and goat cheese ($13) and an entree of blackened wasabi Chilean sea bass ($21).

The restaurant's private dining porch, which will be enclosed, should be completed within the next few months.

The restaurant is offering a superstorm Sandy relief discount of 15 percent to all Long Islanders affected by the storm. It runs until Jan. 1.

Unique is at 3451 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, 516-442-5515.

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Above: Chef owner Andy Yang on the upstairs dining porch of Unique in Oceanside