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Sushi restaurant on Vernon Blvd. expected to open late May



April 3, 2015 By Christian Murray

The new sushi restaurant that is coming to Vernon Blvd is likely to open toward the end of May.

The restaurant, which is being called Murasaki, will be located at 46-44 Vernon Blvd between Alobar and Petey’s Burger.

The owner Tohei Nishi said that the opening date is dependent on when Con Ed comes in to change the gas line. Until then he can’t move forward.

Nishi, who owned the Palace of Japan in Riverdale, said he had been making sushi for more than 30 years. He said that he sold the Bronx restaurant to a friend about a year ago after his rent went up.

He said his customers used to tell him to open a sushi restaurant in Astoria or in Long Island City. He said he started looking about two years ago before discovering the Vernon Blvd. space.

Nishi, who was born in Japan and now lives in Forest Hills, said his menu will be similar to his form Riverdale restaurant—offering items such as sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and tempura. The restaurant will offer wine, beer and saki.

“I want to make it simple, with Japanese food only,” Nishi said.

The restaurant can seat between 40 to 45 people.


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I’m Japanese. I am glad Japanese owner to open a restaurant in LIC, but why are the items you offer so so typical American-Japanese ? Sashimi, teriyaki, tenpura????? Sounds not cool. This is hot LIC, not Riverdale. Hopefully, you will offer more izakaya vibes. You know.


Does anyone know what’s going up next to the new ramen place coming up on Vernon? There were 3 spaces created, one’s the ramen place, on one side is the real estate office and on the other something seems to be almost ready but I don’t remember if we know what it is. Help?

AG lic

I walked by the other day and asked someone working outside. It’s going to be a wine bar.

sad to see

His old place is on par with the same mediocre stuff we have here now. Let’s hope he does a better job here. I really want this place to be good but, it’s not looking promising based on his past performance. And please don’t kill the messenger. I’m saying the old place wasn’t very good when I ate there. Sorry


Review sites disagree

Palace of Japan – 3505 Johnson Ave, btwn 235th and 236th –

Personally I’ll hold my judgement and will stay positive until I try it myself.

Also really glad to have another option in the area and not lose another prime commercial spot to a real estate office or nail salon.


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