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Gaijin

37-12 31st Ave., Queens, NY 11103 40.761 -73.92
nr. 38th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
929-328-2890 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$$

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Official Website

gaijinny.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-11pm; Sun, closed.

Nearby Subway Stops

M, R at Steinway St.; N, W at Broadway

Prices

$14-$125

Payment Methods

Diners Club

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

The chef at Gaijin, who hails from Chicago and was trained by that city’s most acclaimed sushi chef, serves Japanese-inspired contemporary cuisine in six- and 13-piece omakase sets. The omakase is reasonably priced for what you get, including seasonal fishes served as nigirizushi or sashimi. One winter evening there might be marinated king salmon from New Zealand coated with black truffle and chives, or akami with shiitake, chives, and a roasted almond on top. These unique flavors better convey the essence of Gaijin, which calls itself “Japanese inspired” and plays loosely with tradition in a way that really works. As for the handful of other must-haves on the menu, opt for the robata skewers—which are imprinted with a smoky taste from the binchotan charcoal grill, imported from Japan—and the donburi bowls. Especially the two with quail eggs.

Recommended Dishes

Omakase, 6 or 13 pieces, $45, $125; Otoro tartare don, $22; Skirt steak robata, $14

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