Aug. 8, 2012 By Christian Murray
With little fanfare, Takesushi, a Japanese restaurant located at 43-46 42nd Street, opened last month where Transylvania once operated.
The restaurant is owned by Robin Kawada, a Japanese native, who has spent the last 40 years in the US working in the fish business. Over that time, he has co- owned several Japanese restaurants in North America and has ran a number of fish distribution businesses.
Kawada said he has opened quietly since he is still awaiting a liquor license. Once he receives that, he will go ahead and hold a “grand opening” celebration.
Kawada is a fish connoisseur. He ran an import-export business where he distributed Japanese fish to US restaurants for several years. He has co-owned several Japanese restaurants, all called Takesushi, which were located in Manhattan, Toronto, Washington, Great Neck and Woodmere. Those businesses were eventually closed following the termination of partnership agreements, he said.
The last business closed in 2010, he said. However, Kawada a self-described senior citizen said many Japanese and American customers asked him to start a new one. He decided that there was opportunity for an authentic Japanese restaurant in Sunnyside.
Kawada said that the restaurant does not serve fusion-style food. He said it is so authentic that Japanese people throughout Queens are going. Already, the restaurant has received strong Yelp reviews.
In the past, Kawada’s restaurants have offered mainly sushi. However, he said, he wanted more cooked dishes to provide a wider range of options for local residents.
Therefore, there are a variety of noodle dishes and items such as grilled black cod fish, beef short rib dice steak, to Japanese fish chopped with scallion and ginger. However, sushi is the restaurant’s specialty.