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Linn

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29-13 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106 40.762699 -73.926864
nr. 30th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-204-0060 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Asian: Southeast, Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

linnrestaurant.com

Hours

Sun-Tue, 5pm-11pm; Wed-Thu, noon-3pm and 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon- 3pm and 5pm-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

N, W at Broadway

Prices

$17-$22

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Shigenori Tanaka, formerly of Masa, helms the kitchen at this Astoria spot. Named after the Nipponese concept of refined simplicity, Linn’s soothing gray palette is accented by a wall screen soundlessly unspooling black-and-, white Kurosawa classics. Tanaka’s modern Japanese menu is both traditional and inventive. He forms glistening fish into sushi pieces, assortments, and unusual rolls like saba bousoushi, blanketed with savory marinated mackerel. But Linn isn’t primarily a sushi joint. Tanaka’s stock-in-trade is gorgeously presented Nipponese small plates. Luscious yellowtail is prepared as jalapeño-sparked sashimi or as “cheek salt,” rich chunks broiled with soy and ponzu sauce. Seaweed salad impresses with a toothsome white miso dressing, and yose tofu, served as soup, settles into a soulful pudding that diners season at the table with scallions and bonito flakes. Linn’s extensive menu hopscotches from bravura pork-belly slices simmered in sake to teriyaki entrees and even cheesecake, flavored with sweet miso paste.

Recommended Dishes

Pork belly, $7; yose tofu, $8; yellowtail cheek salt, $12; saba bousushi, $12; silver cod, $22

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