Try SHI for Asian/Sushi cuisine

Valentine’s Day is the one special day when all romantic shortcomings of the past year can be absolved with a little thought and planning. The reliable fallback options almost never fail – flowers, chocolates, attention and most importantly, dinner.
All of the goodwill built up throughout the day can be blown and wasted if dinner plans are not thought out and executed to near perfection. Avoid heartache this year and bring that special someone to SHI in Long Island City.
The restaurant, lounge and bar specializes in Chinese and Japanese cuisine, with artfully prepared classics and skillfully arranged sushi – but the real draw at this establishment is the elegant atmosphere, punctuated with a breathtaking view.
With floor to ceiling windows, patrons can dine under the romantic glow of the city skyline twinkling on the other side of the East River. It’s enough to make one’s date forget about any relationship improprieties that might have occurred over the past year.
Long Island City’s transformation from industrial wasteland to chic playground is best symbolized by the neighborhood’s cuisine. At SHI, the cuisine is immediately impressive with starters that include succulent bacon-wrapped shrimp, dumplings, chicken and beef satay and other palate pleasers.
Speaking of palate pleasers, don’t forget to order a couple of mood-altering cocktails – SHI boasts many specialties to choose from, including martinis, Mojito and a head clearing cucumber gimlet, all shaken and stirred by master mixologists.
Thankfully, SHI will not render you penniless for any post-dinner activities as their entrees are reasonably priced, with only one dish breaking the $20 mark. Anyone with a taste for beef should order the steak cubes – char-grilled to perfection, these gems of beef are tender and absolutely mouthwatering. It is served with a salad with ginger dressing, as well as taro chips – a tuber vegetable fried for a delicious and textually wonderful side.

Other specialties include sake infused Chilean sea bass, popcorn beef, seafood casserole, chicken steak and salmon teriyaki. SHI also has a wide array of more traditional Asian dishes – including General Tso’s chicken, mango chicken, orange beef and Vietnamese noodles with chicken and crushed peanuts.
SHI truly shines with their sushi. Two rolls in particular are at once intriguing, surprising and delicious. The Firecracker Roll contains crunchy and spice yellowtail with sliced jalapeno resting on top. The jalapeno is fresh and eye-opening, with a spicy kick that is sure to get your attention. Another sushi surprise is the Medusa Roll, served with salmon and topped with caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese.
Do something right this year and bring your Valentine sweetheart to SHI for a dinner and a view most unforgettable.

4720 Center Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11109
Reservations: 347-242-2450
Take Out: 347-242-2448
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 5 – 11:30 p.m.
Available for corporate and private lunches
Discount parking around the corner
All major credit cards accepted
Full bar

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