Port Washington Japanese Restaurant Reopens

The door on one Japanese restaurant closes but another one (re)opens. Between them, we say goodbye to a Greenport mainstay.

Yamaguchi, a very popular Port Washington Japanese restaurant that was heavily damaged by a fire, has reopened at 49 Main Street. Since 1988 this traditional spot has been owned and operated by a husband and wife team: Yasuko Yamaguchi runs the front of the house and her husband Akira Yamaguchi is the chef. The miso soup and broiled Chilean sea bass are already getting raves from returning customers.

The North Fork restaurant Cuvée Bistro & Bar closed at the end of the season. It helped launch the Greenport restaurant boom almost 15 years ago and heralded the local farm-to-table movement. Owner and executive chef Deborah Pittorino also helped establish the North Fork as a destination wine region. She said, “Owning and operating the restaurant in this community has been an incredible experience in a place where we not only built our business but also developed the most wonderful friendships…We do still hope to celebrate with our community for years to come.” The restaurant closed due to a family health issue. Their hotel, The Greenporter Hotel, will remain open.

There are Japanese restaurants on Long Island and there are Peruvian restaurants but until recently there was only one Japanese-Peruvian restaurant on the Island. Unfortunately after a very short stay, ASA Peruvian Tapas and Sushi at 46 Gerard Street in Huntington suddenly and unexpectedly closed, despite positive word of mouth, a few good reviews and the skills of veteran chef Hermanto Jong from Nobu in Manhattan. Though its owners say they are shopping around for a new location in Huntington and hope to open again in the fall. Stay tuned.

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