A new dining concept is coming to downtown Bay Shore.
Long Island restauranteurs Sky Lin and Tony Lam are opening a Japenese barbeque eatery called JBBQ & Shabu Shabu at 13 East Main Street.
The men — who own sushi restaurants called Kashi in Syosset, Huntington, Rockville Centre, Bellmore, and Stamford, Conn., as well as a Louisiana-inspired joint named Cajun Claws in Patchogue — wanted to add a new fare to the island.
At JBBQ & Shabu Shabu, diners choose between two styles of cooking.
Here’s how it works:
One way is yakiniku, a Japenese cooking method where patrons cook their own meats and vegetables on a rectangular griddle over a charcoal flame. After the food is cooked to their liking, the grilled foods are then dipped into a variety of sauces. According to Lin, this is similar to the Korean barbeque, also known as KBBQ. The biggest difference is the different Japenese seasonings and sauces.
Then there’s the Shabu Shabu option, which translates to swish swish in English. For this, patrons use a ladle or chopsticks to cook uncooked ingredients in a hot pot with a flavored broth of their choosing. The food typically takes about 30 seconds to cook.
Both choices can be purchased as an all-you-can-eat package.
“We believe it’s the first restaurant like this on Long Island,” Lin told GreaterBayShore this week. “It’s very popular in Manhattan.”
Lin and Lam said their new restaurant is in the middle of the construction and hope to open sometime this May.
The build-out for the 2,600-square-foot space will include 60 seats with a sit-down bar.
Check back at GreaterBayShore to learn more about the opening.
Below is the view of the outside of JBBQ & Shabu Shabu.
Top: Woman eating with chopsticks with a table that has a hot plate and hot pot by Unsplash’s Prastika Herlianti.