Japanese Cuisine On The
By Danny & Amandar / firstname.lastname@example.org
With the harbor in the distance, Northports Benkei offers
creative Japanese cuisine with tradition, balance and freshness
in mind and provides a soothing atmosphere to take it all
Our host Sam, whos owned Benkei for three years now,
is a Korean émigré who trained in the art of
crafting sushi at Huntington-area Japanese restaurants. Youll
see him behind the well-stocked sushi bar, chopping fresh
ingredients and rolling them to order. With a focus on providing
authentic Japanese cuisine, the deep menu offers dozens of
sushi rolls, some of which draw inspiration and flavors from
corners of the world you might not expect.
With soft music playing, Benkeis ambiance, created by
earth tones, wood trim, dark tables and bamboo at each table,
is soothing, making this a top choice for an intimate date
night. Amidst the calm, theres a bit of whimsy on the
walls thanks to artwork created by one of the waiters. Sam
said he hopes to make the cozy dining room a gallery to showcase
Like the atmosphere, one thing youll likely notice about
the cuisine is how well-balanced the plates are. Flavors complement
each other and dont overwhelm, serving to highlight
the fresh ingredients. Benkeis irresistible yellowtail
appetizer ($10) combines the sweet flavors of miso yuzu sauce
with a kick from thinly sliced jalapeno peppers and cilantro.
Tuna lovers should check out flash-seared, thinly sliced Tuna
Carpaccio ($9) in a white pepper sauce with a hint of horseradish.
We devoured the shrimp asparagus rolls ($10), which are dressed
in a garlic butter sauce and served up hot, crunchy and delicious.
Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura ($18), combining flash-fried
shrimp, yams, string beans, broccoli and eggplant, is lightly
breaded, soothing finger food that warmed us right up on a
blustery winter day. Lovers of spicy sushi will be right at
home with the fresh and stimulating Sunny Roll ($12.50), a
crunchy tuna roll topped with spicy tuna and crab salad, a
combination that gave us everything we like about sushi in
For a great closer, look no further than Banana Teem ($6)
on the dessert menu. Flash-fried bananas, scoops of vanilla
ice cream and whipped cream, and topped with a chocolate drizzle.
It will melt in your mouth from the first spoonful.
In addition to adding more art to the dining room, Sams
working on a new menu hell be unveiling in the coming
weeks. He also plans to add Japanese-style cocktails and top-shelf
wine to Benkeis already impressive sake list. If youve
not been here in a while, its definitely time to plan
a return visit.
16 Woodbine Ave., Northport Village
Atmosphere: Calm and peaceful
Price Range: moderate Hours: Closed Monday; Lunch: Noon-2:30
Tuesday-Friday; Dinner: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5-10:30
Friday & Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Sunday