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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

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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