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Yamakaze

39-11 Queens Blvd., Queens, NY 11104 40.744161 -73.925627
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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
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Nearby Subway Stops

7 at 40th St.-Lowery St.

Prices

$7-$17.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

50th Ave. to 39th Ave., 52nd St. to 33rd St.

Profile

This venue is closed.

According to the sign outside, Yamakaze is a “Sushi and Noodle Bar,” and the comfortable interior is done up in standard-issue Japanese-restaurant style, with hanging paper lanterns, peaceful landscape paintings, and blonde wood benches lining the blonde wood-paneled walls. Take a closer look at those paintings, though: That’s not Mt. Fuji, but the snow-covered Himalayas. Owner Dorjee Tsepak is actually from Nepal, and the place is staffed by Nepalis and Tibetans, not Japanese. The folks in the kitchen have put in plenty of time working in Japanese restaurants, though, and for the most part they do a more-than-capable job. The usual Japanese sense of delicacy seems lacking, however, which means you’re better off heading towards heartier dishes. Traditional sushi options are lackluster. The kitchen is on surer footing with noodles, where the fuller-flavored choices take the prize: On its own, the soy broth is rather wan, but enlivened with spicy miso or curry sauce, it provides a foundation for a bowl of top-notch ramen. From the small selection of Tibetan dishes on the menu, robust dumplings—tender steamed beef sha-momo, and the green-pea-and-potato-filled shogo-mok—give the best sense of the cuisine’s strong points.

Recommended Dishes

White tuna tataki, $5; spicy miso men, $8.50; shogo-mok, $3.95; sha-momo, $6.95

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