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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 daily noon-2:30 and dinner 5-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Hana Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

1620 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-4262, Thirteen teppanyaki tables, a sushi bar, private dining areas and dazzling new décor characterize one of the area’s newest Japanese steakhouses, where you can enjoy dinner and a show, the latter being the performance of the skilled tableside chef. Full bar. Private parties and takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat; dinner 4:30-10 Mon-Thu; 4:30-11 Fri; 3-11 Sat; 12-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$


338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358; 1652 Western Ave., Guilderland, 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

Peter Harris Plaza, 952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-9609. Tables for Japanese traditional fare, and there’s an attractive sushi bar. The menu also includes Korean dishes. Full bar, private parties. Serving noon-10 Mon-Sat, 3-9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Koto Japanese Restaurant

260 Wolf Road Extension, Colonie, 869-8888. Awarded Best Japanese Steakhouse by Metroland from 2006-2009. 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 11:30-3 Mon-Sat, dinner 4:30-10 Mon-Thu, 4:30-11 Fri-Sat, 3:30-10 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. $$


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-Sat, dinner 4:30-9:30 Tue-Sun, closed Monday. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Shining Rainbow Restaurant

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-Thu, Sun; 4-11 Fri-Sat; closed Mon. Sushi lunch menu available Sat-Sun from 4-6 PM. 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. Takeout available; free delivery within five miles. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat. Closed Sunday. 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 lunch 11:30-2:30, dinner 4:30-10 Mon-Fri, noon-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$


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