Ginza restaurant celebrated is grand opening in Massapequa, NY this past week on April 4th, 2012. The 5,400 sq ft modern Asian space was unveiled with a series of special events, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony with town and county officials present, and a celebration for special invited VIP guests. The event was replete with many local politicians who dropped by to offer their congratulation to the owners for the launch.
The co-owners Jeff Qui and the husband wife team of Patrick and Tiffany make for the most amiable hosts ever. They share a true passion for food and service alike. Patrick is the head chef with over 12 years of experience working with Japanese food. This was evident in many of the sushi selections we sampled from the menu, which were the clear winners in taste for the night. Some of my personal favorites were 2012 Roll, Tokyo Naruto Roll, Spicy Tuna Naruto and the Yellowtail and Tuna sushi.
There were plenty of drinks and an eclectic mix of Asian inspired appetizers going around. With a DJ playing funky beats and a great crowd, the party was just about getting started around 6:30 PM.
The transformation of the nearly 5,400 square foot building was led by interior architects Horst Design International of Cold Spring Harbor. Ginza translated means “silver mint” and the exterior of the building is adorned with polished stainless steel panels and boasts a dramatic two-story entryway with cascading aluminum chains. The entryway leads customers to a Manhattan-like bar and lounge with hanging black lacquered egg-shaped chairs inviting guests to climb inside their crimson red upholstered interiors.
In addition to the bar/lounge area, Ginza’s interior also includes a sushi bar, main dining room, private booth seating and a secondary dining area that can also be used for a private event. Life-size ancient terracotta warriors are on display throughout the space, adding accents of traditional Asian themes to the clean, modern design. Furthering the theme, displayed on the walls are black and white oversized photographs of the famed Ginza district, including one of Sukiyabashi Crossing, which also inspired the design of the Ginza restaurant logo.
Ginza seats a total of 175 diners, with a special chef’s sushi bar that hosts 10. Guests are treated to an expansive menu of Japanese cuisine including tempura, teriyaki and an impressive selection of sushi featuring fresh fish flown from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. Seafood is a specialty and the menu boasts such appetizer items as Toro Tartar, Seafood Ceviche and Komamoto Oysters. At the bar, customers can select from a full menu of drinks, including sake and signature cocktails such as the house favorite, the Ginza-Ade.
Ginza is located at 45 Carmans Road, Massapequa, NY 11758. A perfect spot for lunch after a morning of shopping, for a date night, or for a private corporate event, Ginza also offers take-out and delivery service. Restaurant hours are Monday through Thursday Noon to 10pm, Friday Noon to 11pm, Saturday 12:30pm to 11pm and Sunday 2pm to 9:30pm. The main number is 516-882-9688.
In order to sweeten the deal and to entice new customers into the restaurant, Ginza is offering a 15% discount through April 30th, 2012 for those diners who come in for a taste of what’s cooking.
Here is some of what we ate: