This exceptional sushi spot opens within Tom Schaudel's Jewel Restaraunt in Melville. It is as serene and pristine as Jewel is buoyant and brassy. It arrives in creamy hues and deep earth tones, seating about 20, plus seven in the sushi bar's glistening chairs. This restaurant-within-a-restaurant undoubtedly offers some of the best uncooked fish on Long Island.
Open for lunch, Tuesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner, Tuesday to Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
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The gem in Jewel is Be-Ju.
It's a superior sushi-sashimi-sake bar and dining room, in a corner of Jewel in Melville that used to be devoted to cigars and Cognac. The new restaurant-within-a-restaurant is as subtle as Jewel is buoyant.
Jewel is chef-restaurateur Tom Schaudel's glittery showcase. The chefs at Be-Ju include Shigeki Uchiyama, formerly of Thom Thom when Schaudel operated the Wantagh spot; and Hirkoki Tanii.
They offer memorable wild bluefin toro, or fatty tuna, with green-olive tapenade; shrimp-and-sea urchin risotto; and a remarkable dish of steamed monkfish liver with sea urchin and ponzu sauce.
And the chefs prepare a spicy tuna roll that will allow you to forget all those versions that increase the heat to divert you from the flavor of dull fish. The traditional sushi and sashimi are excellent. So's the sake list.
For a whimsical dessert, try apple-filled potstickers with a spoon of soy-caramel dip; or a chocolate-and-wasabi bombe with ginger-chocolate sauce.
All this adds up. Dropping $75 to $100 per person is easy.. Entry-level samplers of sushi and sashimi are $45 and $55. A 10-course chef's choice meal, or omakase, is $110. But you can carefully navigate the menu for a more modest tab.
Be-Ju. 400 Broadhollow Rd., Melville (Rubie Corporate Plaza, at corner of Route 110 and south service road of the Long Island Expressway). Reach Be-Ju with Jewel's phone number, 631-755-5777.