October 2, Staff Report
A long-time Woodside resident opened a new Japanese restaurant last Wednesday near the heavily trafficked intersection of 61st Street and Roosevelt Ave.
Michael Chan, 40, who has lived Woodside for about 25 years, decided to open “Matsuri” at 39-56 61st Street–where Dunkin’ Donuts was located– in the belief that Woodside was underserved in terms of sushi and other Japanese fare.
“This neighborhood needed a sushi restaurant, so I decided to build one,” Chan said.
Chan, who was raised in Hong Kong and is a father of two, has worked at a number of sushi restaurants over the years. He has also worked at American-style restaurants, such as the Southgate Restaurant on Central Park South and the Chambers Hotel between 5th and 6th Ave on 56th Street under “Iron Chef” Geoffrey Zakarian for 8 years.
Matsuri, which in Japanese means “festival”, serves a variety of different items including sushi, hibachi and teriyaki dishes (click menu below).
The restaurant is currently in the process of applying for a full liquor license, which Chan hopes to secure so he can saki.
Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Sundays: noon – 10:30 PM.