Nisen in Woodbury

Nisen in Woodbury

Like its sibling restaurant in Commack, Nisen Woodbury is raising the level of expectation for competing restaurants on the high-end scene of Long Island. The focus is a little less about the sushi and more about the entrees at this location, but they both have one thing in common; excellent cuisine with a trendy atmosphere.

Photo Courtesy of Mark Brandon Photography

Upon entering the restaurant, you’re transported into a trendy asian atmosphere that is not seen in too many parts on this island. Bamboo, fresh flowers and tasteful art are all accounted for and adding to the scene. The feeling is of an upscale and up-to-date lounge that focuses as much on the visual experience as the culinary. The lights are muted, the hues are golden and there’s plenty of mingling space in the bar area.

Dining Area
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The bar/lounge area is separated from the dining room by a floor to ceiling wall of beads that permits the diners to look through, but doesn’t keep their attention on the bustling bar area. It’s enough to make it feel as though it’s in a completely separate area.

Photo Courtesy of Mark Brandon Photography

Contemporary Japanese cuisine, assembled to perfection is the hallmark of Nisen. While the bar area may be a great place to hang out with your friends or your date and order a few drinks, it would be wise to hit the dining room to sample some of their cooked foods or sushi. The fried oysters, served on a scoops of salt to hold them on the plate with a sliver of lime and lemon are an excellent example of stylistic presentation. Simple, yet exciting, the oysters were rich and tender, not overly-fried.

Fried Oysters Appetizer
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Another great appetizer is the Kobe Slider Trio; three kobe beef sliders cooked medium and served side-by-side topped with pickle and ketchup, these are a great meal within a meal. The sweet potato fries served on the side were popular with us as well. We would have been satisfied if this was the only menu option and we could have indulged in these all night long.

Kobe Slider Trio
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As we noted, Nisen is also a great sushi destination. Under owners Tom Lam and Robert Beer, they’re presenting some of the finest and freshest fish on Long Island. If you want to stray from the menu, you can place your trust in your sushi chef and order the Omakase; the chef’s selection. Instead of ordering an Omakase for two, you could order it by the dollar amount. For example, the Omakase that we ordered (pictured below) was roughly a $200 order. It consists of a variety of fresh fish as per the chef’s choice. Ours had big eye tuna, salmon, live clams, live scallops, crab, sweet shrimp, alaskan crab and more. The bowl was beautifully adorned and dressed up with horns and a fire element. It was impressive and quite the show-stopper. Omakase’s could be as large as you wish, so this is a perfect order for a large party to share.

Omakase – Chef’s Choice
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Black Cod Lettuce Cup
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With one of the largest sake selections on Long Island, the sake closet holds bottles from $35 – $400, certainly a large range to please any palate, appealing to the sophisticated or the untrained. The air-tight, glass-enclosed closet is visible from the dining room and aids in keeping the sake temperature controlled.

A dining experience at Nisen wouldn’t be the same without dessert. On the menu and highly recommended by the staff was the fried oreo dessert. Double-Stuff Oreos, friend in a funnel cake batter and served with scoops of ice cream was the perfect end to an amazing meal. That warm oreo paired with the cold ice cream was a perfect match and we have a feeling that we’ll be attempting this one at home on our own time.

Fried Oreo Dessert Served with Ice Cream
Photo Courtesy of Mark Brandon Photography

Nisen is everything that we look for in a Long Island restaurant. Trendy Manhattan-like atmosphere, top-notch service and a quality menu will be bringing us back time and again. Next time, we’ll be bringing a few friends to enjoy the Omakase.

7967 Jericho Tpke.
Woodbury, NY 11797
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