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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 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 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Hiro’s

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, 1-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, D, 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. Full bar, private parties. Serving noon-10 Tue-Sun, 4-10 Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Diakon

236 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 583-9175. Gourmet Japanese-American fusion with Saratoga’s only sake bar as well as a full liquor bar and sushi bar. Private tatami room available. On-premises catering, takeout and delivery available. Serving Tue-Sun 5-10. Closed Mon. 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. $$

Miyako

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 11-3 and 4-10 Tue-Thu, 11-3 and 4-11 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, teryaki, tempura; 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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