Think you've tried all the sushi places in the area?
If you haven't tried Yummy Sushi, you are missing something special.
Located on the north side of Jericho Turnpike, just west of 110, Yummy Sushi has quietly been making the best sushi for a while now. The restaurant started as a takeout place and then three and a half years ago, owner John Chae transformed the building into a beautiful sit-down restaurant.
The parking lot is small, but don't be fooled. The inside is spacious, with two private rooms for meetings or parties, a sushi bar and plenty of tables.
And if you don't like sushi or are afraid to try it yet, you won't be let down. You can have delicious tempura, teriyaki and noodle dishes. But it's the sushi that stands out.
I've been there half a dozen or more times and everything I've tried has always been amazing. And in case you're curious, I have tried sushi everywhere around the area and Yummy Sushi is by far the best.
Why? Owner John Chae has used the same "master chef" for over seven years now. "We try to constantly improve the food," Chae said. "A noodle is just a noodle," he added. "It's the sauce that makes the difference. And we make sure to use the freshest ingredients, the best ingredients that we can get."
"Whoever makes food here for me," Chae continued, "He has to love making food. We always try to create something new. Food is the creation of your thought."
He named the restaurant Yummy Sushi (originally called "Yummy Food") after the "spirit of a mom's love," Chae said. "As we all know, mothers always try to make the best dishes for their children. They may not be gourmet chefs, but they do their best to make the kids healthy. 'Yummy Food' refers to this spirit of a mother's love and devotion as she prepares her unique dishes for the family. We at Yummy Food try each day to lavish the same amount of care and attention to detail to each of our menu creations, as we believe our customers deserve the same devotion."
Chae never stops working hard to make the food and the experience the best one for everyone. He comes out and greets guests, talking to them and taking their photos for his wall and his Facebook page. He will often remember your name and who you were with the last time you came in.
He hasn't taken a single day off in six years, except for Sundays, when he is closed. "Everyone says they work hard," Chae said, "but we work harder than anyone. I want to make food so good so people can eat healthy and get smart. There's a lot of love in my food, a lot of dedication. Americans don't eat enough fish. The old people are not healthy. My food tastes good and will make you feel good."
"If you are rushed when you are eating sushi, you are in the wrong place," he concluded. "When your tummy is happy, the deal is done."