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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 21 Japanese estate sakes. Entrée selections include grilled pacific black cod, Chilean sea bass, giant pacific oysters and o-toro. Also look for kaiseki, the cuisine of the Japanese tea ceremony. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch noon-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$


1933 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-1180. Take a seat at a hibachi table and see the show, or sample the sushi, tempura and sukiyaki. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE. $$


338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358, 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. Full bar, private parties. Serving noon-10 Tue-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Miki Japanese Restaurant

236 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 583-9175. From the former owner-chef of Arita’s Japanese, this restaurant offers sushi, noodle dishes, organic vegetarian dishes and other authentic Japanese cuisine. Private tatami room available. Extensive sake list as well as beer and wine. On-premises catering, takeout and delivery available. Serving Mon-Sun 4:30-10. AE, MC, V. $$

Mino Japanese Cuisine

47 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 580-9653. Traditional Japanese seafood, prepared in a friendly, intimate atmosphere. Menu features tempura, sukiyaki, sushi and yosenabe. Catering and takeout available. Serving lunch noon-2, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$


192 N. Allen St., Albany (moving late November to 2027 Western Ave., Guilderland), 482-1080; fax 482-1081. 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 and wine. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, 1-10 Sun. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Saso’s Japanese Noodle House

218 Central Ave., Albany, 436-7789. Serving traditional Japanese foods, including more than 20 kinds of sushi and a variety of noodle dishes. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:45-1:30 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Sushi Art

2025 State St., Schenectady, 388-8600. Extensive menu of Japanese fare, with many sushi and sashimi choices, party platters and lunch specials. Banquets and private parties welcome and off-premises catering. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch noon-2:30 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-10 Tue-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sunday. AE, MC, V $$

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 11-10 Tue-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 4-11 Sat, 4-10 Sun. 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 5 miles. Serving 11 AM-10 PM Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, 3-10 PM 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 noon-10:30 daily. AE, MC, V. $$$

Tokyo Sushi

571 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 783-7838. Serving sushi; take out or dine in. Catering available. Serving lunch noon-2:30 Tue-Fri, dinner 4:30-10 Tue-Sat, 4:30-9 Sun. Closed Mon. MC, V. $


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