You are reading

New Restaurant Specializing in Japanese Hand Rolls Opens in Flushing

A new Japanese restaurant called Kaizen has opened in Flushing (Photo provided by Stuntman PR)

July 18, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A new restaurant that specializes in Japanese hand rolls has opened in Flushing.

Kaizen, which offers sushi hand rolls known as “temaki,” opened late last month at 33-70 Farrington St. — a new 15-story-mixed-use development located between 33rd and 35th Avenue.

The business has moved into a 1,900-square-foot space on the ground floor of the building that includes luxury condos and the Sheraton Four Points Hotel.

Kaizen focuses on temaki hand rolls which consist of a large piece of roasted seaweed wrapped around a filling of sushi rice, vegetables and different types of raw seafood.

The restaurant also offers a range of donburi-style rice bowls, salads and soups.

Kaizen offers an à la carte menu as well as an “omakase” style menu — whereby the customer lets the chef select and serve different food options. Omakase means “Respectfully leaving another to decide what is best” in Japanese.

The eatery is the first business owned by Robert Dorsky, 37, who was born and raised in Flushing.

Dorsky said there is a lack of temaki restaurants in Flushing using the omakase concept — despite the area’s large Asian population. He said the menu is popular in Japan and the company aims to fill a gap in the local market.

  1. “Kaizen is a modern, casually elegant restaurant,” Dorsky said. “It is great for intimate settings and casual dinners.”

The establishment seats over 60 people and has a ceiling-high tree that is filled with fabric cherry blossom leaves imported from the U.K. The wall behind the bar area is filled with live sea moss, Dorsky said.

(Photo provided by Stuntman PR)

Some of the handrolls on offer at Kaizen, located at 33-70 Farrington St. (Photo provided by Stuntman PR)

Dorsky said that the name of the restaurant, Kaizen, means “improvement” in Japanese. The term has become a world-renowned approach to continuous improvement in business, particularly for companies using supply chain or production line systems.

He wants his restaurant to embrace the concept with Executive Chef Ben Chan spearheading the establishment’s food menu. Chan has worked in Hong Kong and at several top Manhattan sushi restaurants, Dorsky said.

Some of the restaurant’s signature handrolls include the kinmedai, which is made with homemade yuzu apple sauce; the akami which is filled with lean tuna and tofu chili sauce; and the yellowtail jalapeño which comes with shallots, aji Japanese horse mackerel and ginger scallion.

Other top rolls include the kamasu yuzu temaki, otoro uni pickled radish and the wagyu uni caviar.

Kaizen also offers beers, wines, cocktails and a range of Japanese rice wines known as saké.

Opening hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Sundays.

(Photo provided by Stuntman PR)

Kaizen seats over 60 people and has a ceiling-high tree that is filled with fabric cherry blossoms flown in from the U.K. The wall behind the bar area is filled with live sea moss. (Photo provided by Stuntman PR)

An exterior shot of Kaizen, located at 33-70 Farrington St. in Flushing (Photo provided by Stuntman PR)

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Man sought for allegedly committing act of public lewdness in front of 16-year-old girl on Q43 bus: NYPD

Police from the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica are looking for a creep who subjected a 16-year-old girl to public lewdness in broad daylight while they rode a Q43 bus in Jamaica Estates late last month.

The incident occurred just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 as the teen was aboard the Q43 as it rolled down Hillside Boulevard near the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard, when she saw a stranger perform a lewd act and stroking her leg before she exited the bus, police said. The suspect remained on the Q43 and the girl was not injured during the disturbing episode.

Queens Village man indicted for stabbing stranger to death in Jamaica deli: DA

A Queens grand jury indicted a Southeast Queens man for fatally stabbing a stranger to death in a Jamaica deli last month.

Jahshua Kelley, 40, of 107th Avenue in Queens Village, was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court Wednesday on a four-count indictment charging him with murder in the second degree, two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, Kelley faces up to 25 years to life in prison.