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Cirella’s at Saks Fifth Avenue in Huntington Station closes sushi bar

Sushi chef Alan Kim at work behind the

Sushi chef Alan Kim at work behind the counter at Cirella's at Saks Fifth Avenue in Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Sept.12, 2006. Photo Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer

One of Long Island’s best-hidden sushi bars has closed. Tucked away on the first floor between the Prada bags and the David Yurman bracelets, Cirella’s at Saks Fifth Avenue has been serving hungry shoppers since 2004. In addition to Alan Kim’s sushi, the café offered salads, sandwiches, soups and wraps.

There’s no cause for despair, though. Owners Karen and Dean Cirella, who also own Cirella’s Italian-and-sushi restaurant in Melville, are putting the finishing touches on a new establishment, Gastronomy by Cirella’s, that they hope to open before the end of the year.

Gastronomy will be carved out of Saks’ existing mens department at the back of the store. It will be open for lunch and dinner, and, unlike its predecessor, will be accessible through its own set of doors: no shopping required. The lunch menu will still cater to busy shoppers, and Kim will still be there making sushi, but the dinner menu will be contemporary New American.

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