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JAPANESE

Bizen

17 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-4343. Gourmet Japanese restaurant featuring fresh organic produce, an extensive sushi bar and a robata bar—with charcoal-grilled Japanese tapas. Private tatami rooms. Sake lounge features 25 Japanese estate sakes. Entrée selections include grilled pacific black cod, Chilean sea bass, giant pacific oysters and o-toro. Authentic Japanese tea ceremony, kaiseki, available by appointment. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch noon-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Ichiban

338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358; 1652 Western Ave., Albany, 869-9585. Japanese and Chinese dishes including donburi, noodle soups and sushi lunch specials. Sushi bar. Beer, wine, sake. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 11:30-11 Sat, 11:30-9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

1707 Route 9, Clifton Park, 373-9610. Japanese tableside cooking, called teppanyaki, is the show- stopping feature; tables for more traditional fare are available, and there’s an attractive sushi bar. Also, the menu now includes Korean dishes. Full bar, private parties. Serving noon-10 Tue-Sun, 4-10 Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$

Koto Japanese Restaurant

260 Wolf Road, Colonie, 869-8888. Enjoy the show at the teppanyaki tables, sample sushi at the expansive bar or take a regular table and explore the varied menu of tempura, teriyaki, noodle soups and much more. The bento complete dinner special is an excellent deal. Full bar, banquet facilities, including private party rooms. Serving lunch 11:30 AM-3 PM, dinner 4:30-10 Mon-Thu, lunch 11:30-3, dinner 4:30-11 Fri-Sat, dinner 4:30-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Mari’s Japanese Cuisine

2049 Van Vranken Ave. Schenectady, 381-4881. Sushi, teriyaki and tempura are examples of menu choices you will find at Mari’s, among other traditional Japanese cuisine. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-1:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 4:45-8:45 Mon-Thu, 4:45-9:15 Fri-Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Miyako

2027 Western Ave., on the corner of Route 155, Guilderland, 452-1445; fax 452-2159. Order from the sushi bar or watch your chef prepare traditional Japanese dishes at a hibachi table. Other authentic offerings are tempura, teriyaki and sukiyaki, as well as traditional private tatami rooms. Table service available. Beer, wine, liquor, and sake available at the bar. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Sun; dinner 4:30-9:30 Tue-Sun. Closed Monday. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Peking Restaurant

See listing under “Chinese.”

Saso’s Japanese Noodle House

218 Central Ave., Albany, 436-7789, sasos.com. Serving traditional Japanese foods, including more than 20 kinds of sushi and a variety of noodle dishes. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:45-1:45 Thu-Fri. Serving dinner 5-9:15 Tue-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. D, MC, V. $$$

Shanghai Bistro

See listing under “Chinese.”

Sushi House

6 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 935-2270. Fresh sushi, along with a menu of other Japanese fare (tempura, yakitori, noodles) presented in a handsome teahouse setting. Serving lunch 11-3 Tue-Fri, Dinner 4-10 Mon-Thurs, Fri & Sat 4-11, Sun 4-10, Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Sushi King

200 Broadway, Troy, 274-0015. Enjoy Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including numerous sushi selections, in this restaurant overlooking Monument Square. Beer and wine. Takeout available; free delivery within five miles. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, 3-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Sushi Thai Garden

See listing under “Thai.”

Ta-Ke Japanese Steak House

500 Northern Blvd., Albany, 465-5511. Hibachi dinners cooked at your table. Full bar, sushi bar, banquet room. Reservations recommended on weekends. Serving Sun-Thu noon-10, Fri-Sat noon-10:30. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Totem

271 Lark St., Albany, 432-6610. A full range of new-world sushi. Beer, wine and sake also available on premises. On- and off-premises catering, takeout. Open 3-midnight Mon-Thu, 3 PM-1 AM Fri, 5 PM-1 AM Sat, 6-11 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

 

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