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Aug 06, 2019

Gaijin Closing 8/19: Update on Future Plans

You may have seen Gaijin‘s Instagram post (or our subsequent announcement) last week that after almost three years, they are closing. Hidden on 31st Ave between 37th and 38th St., the (…)

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You may have seen Gaijin‘s Instagram post (or our subsequent announcement) last week that after almost three years, they are closing. Hidden on 31st Ave between 37th and 38th St., the Japanese eatery was well-known for their epic omakase menu. If you’ve never been, get your reservation in before they close August 18th.

But, you don’t have to cry over spilled sushi just yet. We chatted directly with Gaijin owner Jay Zheng about the closing and changes. The biggest takeaways? They are staying in the same space, and will only be closed for a few weeks! The exact reopening date will depend on the team, but they are basically undergoing a concept update as well as interior update to fit their “new idea and brand new name.”

The new concept will still be Japanese-focused, and though they are still undergoing menu development, they will let us know as soon as it is finalized.

Here is an exact note from Zheng on the change:

The only thing I could say at the moment is that it will be more of a prefix-menu, as we want to focus more on quality of ingredients and limiting the number of dishes, rather than quantity-focused. It will be less seating with a possible built-out of an enclosed private dining room that is currently our patio space. Overall, our main goal is to be able to provide the utmost finer dining experience in all of Queens.

We will keep you updated as soon as we know any other details!

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Photo credit: Steven Bun

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