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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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