Off the Beaten Path: A Taste of Japan on Long Island

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Off the Beaten Path: A Taste of Japan on Long Island

Takumi Japanese Restaurant is nothing special from the outside--small, unassuming and tucked into a shopping center off Vets Highway in Commack--but it’s what on the inside that counts.

Chef Yuki Okamura and his wife Kyumi, both originally from Japan, opened Takumi almost 7 years ago. Yuki is professionally trained and can be found creating beautiful dishes behind the open air sushi bar, while Kyumi serves guests with a genuine smile. The couple run the restaurant together and are more than happy to share recommendations, tales of living in Japan and anything else you may want to ask them--with Kyumi being the more outspoken partner. The welcoming environment that they have created at Takumi, combined with the cozy space, gives a sense of inviting homeyness.

The menu has something for everyone--classics like California rolls and tempura are always on the menu--but there are daily specials for more adventurous eaters. One frequent special is whole aji served sashimi style with the bones deep fried after you finish eating. They are of course totally edible and quite delicious. Uni (sweet, briny sea urchin) is notoriously difficult to find in America yet available at Takumi more often than not. The umeshiso roll--Japanese plum paste and shiso leaves--is bright, refreshing and a great vegetarian option.

Takumi is also one of the few Long Island spots that serves ramen, though it’s only offered on Thursday and Friday. Select beer and wines are available as well as an extensive sake menu, ranging in both price and size to accommodate most diners. Kyumi is more than willing to make a sake suggestion to compliment your meal.

Takumi is located at 149-03 Veterans Memorial Highway in Commack. They are open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner and Saturday for only dinner.

Photo: Alicia Valeo & Kevin Breslawski

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