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An Eclectic Mix Of Asian Cuisine

If you are a fan of a wide variety of Asian fare, you will love the mix that Niji, a new Asian fusion restaurant at 121 Mineola Blvd., has to offer. Niji opened this past December, taking the place of Jani Restaurant, which offered a similar Asian Fusion menu.

 

“We serve a combination of Chinese and Japanese food with over 130 Chinese dishes and 40 different choices for sushi,” said owner Alen Gao. “Our menu consists of items like the crispy duck, Indonesian Sambal and the Niji Triple Delight, which is a combination of jumbo shrimp, chicken and beef sautéed with garden vegetable in house.”

 

Gao, 25, is a first time restaurant owner.

 

“I came to the United States 10 years ago and currently live in Flushing,” said Gao. “The restaurant business is always something I’ve been interested in.”

  

Niji is located on the corner of First Street and Mineola Boulevard in the heart of the busy downtown area. It is close to the Mineola LIRR Station, Winthrop University Hospital and the multitude of office buildings off of Old Country Road.

 

The interior space of Niji is neatly put together with a black and white motif for tables and chairs, a large sushi bar with a lifelike tree placed in the middle and green and blue neon lighting above the main dining floor.

 

“We wanted a place to appeal to everybody,” said Gao. “Some place people can come in and be comfortable and relax while dining.”

 

Niji offers catering services and accommodations for special occasions.

 

The sushi bar is large with popular selections like the California Dinner, Spicy Maki Combo and Chirashi, which is assorted sashimi over sushi rice.

 

There is a small bar set up in the restaurant’s main entrance and happy hour is offered from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with 30 percent off on drinks for dine-in customers only. 

 

Niji offers take out and free delivery services.

 

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.


News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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