110 JAPAN: Sushi Sophistication in Huntington Station
Written by Salvatore DiBenedetto [The Grubfather]
There's a pulsing energy that drifts throughout 110 Japan; something I couldn't quite put my finger on. As I trekked to my table, I noticed 110 Japan's spacious bar; alive with the glory of craft cocktails, a buzzing hibachi room; filled with the shouts of excited patrons, and lastly a sushi bar where a chef with fire in his eyes plated sushi like a samurai king.
Illuminated by the soft glow of neon blue lights, 110 Japan offers diners a variety of experiences. The roomy bar offers a trendy backdrop to enjoy a quick drink and roll, the bolstering hibachi room serves as a great way to ring in a celebration, but it's at the sushi bar where one should prepare themselves for a culinary experience. (Side Note: Do NOT miss out on 110 Japan's Apple Pie Martini which is made using a house infused apple pie vodka.)
Chef Meng's wide smile and kind demeanor is a stark contrast to his intense spin on Japanese cuisine. Having studied under Iron Chef Morimoto, 110 Japan's sushi menu holds enough weight to run with the pack of Long Island's elite sushi club including AJI 53 & Kotobuki. Each dish had a signature twist and was plated with finesse.
Having recently launched Chef Meng's Counter Experience, the Huntington Station eatery is now offering diners an exclusive sushi experience. The tasting menu offers Long Islander's a glimpse into the world of Manhattan's prestigious sushi culture, minus the train.
Amongst my favorites presented by Chef Meng was a plate that featured an elegant symphony of sea urchin, red snapper sashimi and lychee gelée. Also notable was the Mafia Roll which featured a subtly briny black rice, the SUSHI BOMB which tied a variety of sashimi around mango salsa and fried onions, and live scallop sashimi crowned with jalapeño relish. I graciously washed each course down with a house sake that was light, refreshing and supremely crisp.
I left 110 Japan filled with the after-glow of an amazing sushi romp. In fact, my girlfriend and I couldn't stop gushing about the tasting menu on the car ride home. It was sophisticated, laid back and the epitome of a perfect date night.
A| 179 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, Long Island