The demise of Tsubo leads to the opening of Arata Sushi, a contemporary Japanese restaurant that immediately is a major competitor on Long Island.
You can come here for the familiar tempura and the teriyaki. But it's the creative take on sushi that will make you return.
A 10-piece omakase, or chef's choice, may include surprises such as salmon showered with crisp Brussels-sprout petals, fluke with onion salsa, white tuna capped with salsa verde and seared tuna with roasted tomato. They're little jewels. And delicious. The sushi omakase is $38; the sashimi, $43. Traditional sushi-sashimi dinner is $23. By the piece, sushi is $3 to $5.95.
Start with the tangy, seviche-filled fish tacos; or the crisp samosa (yes, samosa) with crab and corn. Maybe the chicken-and-shrimp shumai, with aged ginger sauce.
They're all winners. So's Arata Sushi, which already is deservedly packed.
Arata Sushi, 10 Spring Rd., Syosset; 516-921-8154.
Those fish tacos.