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Open in Bethpage: Watawa Sushi & Lounge

Watawa Sushi & Lounge in Bethpage, as seen

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The restaurant scene in Bethpage is rife with change. Now, Watawa Sushi & Lounge has opened in the former digs of Sumou, which lasted less than a year before closing. Prior to that, the space was occupied by Ozumo, another Japanese restaurant.

The sleek-looking Watawa offers an all-you-can-eat option for $21.95 Monday to Thursday and $23.95 Friday to Sunday. Order from a special menu of...

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Open in North Babylon: Huge and cheap new buffet

Some of the dishes served at the new

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet is serving just about everything imaginable in the former North Babylon digs of China Buffet City.

As I found on a recent afternoon, this is a cavernous space, its dim lighting punctuated by bright bands of neon here and there. Aisle after aisle of steam table trays hold everything from fried dumplings to apple pie, chicken teriyaki to mac and cheese, vegetable...

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Kumo Sushi Hibachi & Lounge opens in Bay Shore

Chirashi at Kumo Sushi Hibachi & Lounge in

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Kumo Sushi Hibachi & Lounge, an offshoot of Kumo Sushi in Plainview, enters the busy Bay Shore Japanese restaurant scene, with both Aji 53 and Mitsui Japanese Restaurant just steps away. What differentiates this place from the Plainview original is the presence of six hibachi tables. And there’s also separate seating for 100, said manager Louis Lin.

Hibachi entrees, which come with clear...

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Hibachi and sushi come to Lake Grove

Tuna Lover roll (crunchy spicy tuna inside, outside

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Flying vegetables and clanging knives are part of the draw at K60 Japanese Steak House, which makes its home in the Lake Grove strip mall space that once housed Curry Club.

Here, you can opt to sit at one of eight communal tables in a hibachi room as you watch chefs demonstrate their showmanship with filet mignon ($22.95), scallops ($19.95) and chicken ($16.95), to name a few choices.

Or,...

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Hazuki Japanese Fusion comes to Glen Cove

Sashimi served on a plate at Hazuki Japanese

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The new Hazuki Japanese Fusion is secreted away in a corner of a Glen Cove strip mall. It occupies the former digs of Hundred Roll Sushi, next to the Chase bank.

On sushi chef-owner Tank Gao’s roster of raw items: Tuna tataki ($10), a rainbow roll ($11), sashimi deluxe ($22) and chirashi ($18). Cooked items include tofu teriyaki ($14), pork katsu ($14) and, from a recently added list of Thai...

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Veteran sushi chef gone from Satsuki, Lynbrook

Satsuki owner and head chef Hisashi Manabe crafteds

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Hisashi Manabe, who, for over 20 years, crafted some of Long Island’s best sushi rolls, is no longer at Satsuki in Lynbrook. The restaurant is under the new ownership of Patrick Wong, who is also the sushi chef. He said that Manabe's menu remains the same, with a few additions, and that the crew from before has stayed on.

Manabe was known for his ethereally light rolls, which seemed held together...

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Daisho of Japan says sayonara to Huntington

The former Daisho's bacon-wrapped quail eggs juxtaposed the

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Daisho of Japan is no longer serving yakitori and ramen in the heart of Huntington. No sushi either. Or anything else. The restaurant has closed, as has the Huntington village branch of Dragon Gate, which had offered Chinese takeout from an entrance around the corner.

When Daisho opened last fall, its yakitori was exceptional, as was its soul-warming ramen soup. The restaurant garnered a two...

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Jani, Rockville Centre: Closed

The interior of the former Jani in Rockville

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Jani Chinese & Japanese Restaurant in Rockville Centre has closed. The restaurant, part of a Long Island chainlet, served spicy tuna rolls, chicken tempura and mu shu pork. It was located on Sunrise Highway.

Remaining Jani restaurants are scattered all over Long Island, with branches in Wantagh, Mineola, Hicksville and Huntington Station.  ...

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Yamaguchi in Port Washington: Closed by fire

Firefighters battle fire on Main Street in Port

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A massive fire Thursday in Port Washington has damaged a number of businesses along the block of Main Street directly across from the LIRR station, including Rosa’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts and Restaurant Yamaguchi. Since it opened in 1988, Yamaguchi has been one of the very best Japanese restaurants on Long Island and a personal favorite of mine. The ensuing fusion-frenzied decades have had basically...

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This week's restaurant reviews

Tuna 4 Ways, chopped tuna served on spoons

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What is special at Kushi Japanese Fusion restaurant in Nesconset, says Joan Reminick, is the sushi, the rolls and the mixed seafood yaki udon. Plus, the warm and welcoming service. She gives the restaurant two and a half stars.

Peter M. Gianotti says that veteran eatery Jonathan's Ristorante in Huntington ranks among the top five or six places to dine in town. He cites Chef Tito Onofre's saute...

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