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Updated: September 14, 2022 @ 4:48 am
Atami owner David Zhang stands next to the sushi bar in his Whitestone restaurant. The choices are fresh and endless.
Server Koey displays a platter of lobster rolls, spicy shrimp with crunch rolls and peanut avocado rolls.

Atami owner David Zhang stands next to the sushi bar in his Whitestone restaurant. The choices are fresh and endless.
Server Koey displays a platter of lobster rolls, spicy shrimp with crunch rolls and peanut avocado rolls.
If you’re seeking a peaceful respite with terrific sushi, look no further than Whitestone, the home of Atami Japanese Sushi Buffet.
Atami is named after a city in Japan known for its hot springs, a soothing place to go to relax and regroup. That is an apt description of the sushi bar, located at 19-11 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Owner David Zhang opened the restaurant three months ago and the popularity has been steadily growing. Moderately priced lunches and all-you-can eat buffets are a draw. The restaurant also does take out and delivery.
When entering Atami, you are greeted by friendly servers who make sure your every need is met. Extra napkins, refilled beverages and orders placed are met with dispatch.
The food is the centerpiece, but the decor is stunning in its own right. There is a charming Japanese water wheel near the entrance and stunning light fixtures over the sushi bar. Each one is different and beautiful.
We started our meal at the hot appetizer bar. There are so many selections you have to make a return trip. Our favorites were the tiny basil clams, gyoza dumplings and ginger and scallion lobster.
For the cold appetizers there were fresh oysters and tuna and salmon tartar, among others. If you’re into salads, try the seaweed salad or kani salad, made with crab sticks.
Then on to the sushi rolls. Everything is made fresh, sitting on ice, or made to your specifications. There are 29 types of rolls and 15 special rolls.
Don’t miss the lobster roll, filled with tempura lobster tail, asparagus, lettuce and mayonnaise topped with tobiko, a fish roe. It’s decadent and wonderful.
Another favorite was the peanut avocado roll, with a delicious sweet aftertaste. Zhang said it is a hit with visitors from the nearby nursing home. “It is really catching on,” he said, adding it’s especially attractive for people who don’t like raw fish.
Not in the mood for sushi? Atami also features cooked made-to-order teriyaki or yakitori on a skewer. Your choices are chicken, shrimp, salmon, beef or vegetable.
If there’s room, Atami also offers dessert. There’s cake, fresh fruit and ice cream. The green tea ice cream was a favorite. It has a dense flavor not unlike chocolate.
Atami is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and dinner Monday to Thursday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m; and Sunday and holidays, noon to 10 p.m.
There is free parking in the rear. For information, call (718) 357-3998.
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