63 Main St, Port Washington, NY | Directions 1105040.830743 -73.687641
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Thu. 12am - 10pm;Fri. 12am - 10:30pm;Sat. 5pm - 10:30pm;Sun. 5pm - 9:30pm
Neighborhoods: Long Island, Port Washington
If you are not a regulars prepare to prove your worthiness – If you are not a regulars, the hostess (owner) will make you feel that you are unwelcome, too busy (greetings the regulars) to give you a warm welcome.
you are more likely to be sent to the sushi bar instead of a decent table.
This is NOT a romantic spot.
If you like your food without a decent hospitality service head there. If however, you will like a a dining experience, head to Bonsai (across the street), get a booth and enjoy a quiet evening with decent food.
Great variety and excellent sushi, nice staff. – I am a little surprised by the negative comments on wait staff. While a little hectic in the restaurant (and every good sushi place I've been to is hectic). They were not rude at all and I had elderly parents and my 2 1/2 year old. Actually they went out of there way to accommodate my mom's low sodium requirement and even played with my daughter for a couple of minutes. I like the variety of the food and some of the more authentic dishes. Sushi was very good, not the best I've ever had but very good for Long Island for sure. It was a pleasurable experience not rushed and they filled my drink often. They even offered a complimentary fruit dish at the end of the meal which was fresh and tasty. All in all a very good experience.
Its funny I went there a few years back and did have a negative impression, but I gave it a second try recently and found it was unwarrentted. So if you did have a bad first experince i think its worth a second try.
Horrible Service – I thought the food was very medicore and the staff was surprisingly rude. I went there with a friend and 2 of our well mannered children and we were certainly not welcomed. The waitstaff was curt and not attentive at all. I called to complain and they couldn't care less. I would never go back to that restaurant. Customer service is so important for the survival of any restaurant. A big thumbs down to Yamaguchi.
Don't Believe the Hype! – From the moment you walk in the scene is both frenetic and uninviting. The restaurant seems to cater to a large number of regulars. On its face, one could assume this is a vote of confidence in what the place has to offer, but I must say, I am mystified as to just what that is. After just one experience, we have no desire to attain the status that so many apparently crave. The hostess looked at us like we were aliens when we walked in and offered us a choice of lousy seating. We ended up at the sushi bar. From there, things went totally downhill. The food we ordered turned out to be just ok at best and in the end totally overpriced. The service is horrendous. The appetizer was average. The entrees were mixed with one below average and the other just average. One of the entrees was served and fifteen minutes later the second had yet to arrive. When we mentioned this there was no apology they just took the served entree and went to the back. Ten minutes later both entrees appeared but the previously served entree was now ice cold. To make matters worse, sitting next to us at the end of the Sushi Bar, an obnoxious elderly couple had arrived to take what appear to be their regular Friday night seats. After trying to impress us by loudly pandering to Yamaguchi behind the bar, from what we could hear, they were making snide remarks about our using forks and [our politely] complaining about the poor service. Meanwhile, they were being fawned over by the staff while we waited for our overdue dinners (the only satisfaction we got from this was a sense that in our humble opinions, Yamaguchi had an equally low opinion of them, but just enjoyed taking their money). That being said, we feel no need to give a second chance to this restaurant. We dine out frequently and there are so many other better choices there really is no need to go back. The experience was awful and we have had better Japanese food.
The Best Japanese on Long Island – I'm not sure if the last user went to the same Yamaguchi. I've frequented the restaurant for years & I have never seen a fish tank. Besides, even if it were the same restaurant, Japanese food is notorious for not travelling well, thus take outs will never taste as good as when you're sitting there. Given that, all take outs I've had have been fine & quite tasty. The sushi is some of the best you can get, prepared by NY Times, NY Post & otherwise acclaimed sushi chief Hiyao Yamaguchi, and it is always fresh. Try the fatty tuna roll. The cooked food also holds up well, eschewing the false fusion style of many other Japanese places & going with real, traditional Japanese food. Try the sukiyaki, a brew of beef, noodles, tofu, carrots and more. Expensive, but if you or your taste buds know good Japanese food you won't regret it.
Not up to snuff – I ordered take out at about $18. They had a pretty sushi boat and fish tank with big fish.
I had steamed shrimp dumplings and tofu teriyaki. The appetizer was eh at best. Maybe an 1/8 of shrimp inside the small ball of pasta-like encasing. The dipping sauce, ugh, was like watered down soy sauce that had gone off.
The miso soup was fine, but they probably don't make it themselves.
The tofu was soft and would've been better firm. I've made my own teriyaki sauce that was killer with fresh garlic, ginger, etc and it was thick and hmmm. Nothing about this sauce seemed too far removed from cheapo bottled soy sauce - no evidence of fresh ingredients. Plus they probably didn't marinate the tofu.
Maybe I would dare to try the sushi one day.
Wonderful Sushi Place – If you want to feel at home please go to the place, the food is the freshest around. Its in a great town and i can't even tell you how fresh it is. Go there and try it for yourself. The tempura batter is the best around, it has a wonderful flavor, free fruit platter after dinner is great!!!!!!!
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