Established in 1972 in Carle Place, Shiro of Japan was Long Island’s first traditional sushi and hibachi steakhouse. “Shiro” is the Japanese word for “castle”. This word was chosen for its imagery and symbolism of the owners’ mission to provide exceptional Japanese food and service – a commitment the restaurant has continued through the past four decades. Shiro of Japan introduced hibachi-style cooking on Long Island - a cooking art form known as teppanyaki – teppan meaning “iron plate” or “steel sheet” and yaki, “stir-fried food” or “stir-frying.” The restaurant, which became a landmark in the 1970s, was quickly sought-after for its unique style of cuisine and chefs.
Current managing partners, Hiro Ishikawa and Peter Faccibene, took ownership of Shiro of Japan in Carle Place in 2003. Three years later, Ishikawa and Faccibene decided to build on their success of Carle Place and together they opened a second location at the Shops at Atlas Park, in Glendale, Queens. Ishikawa is well known for bringing sushi to Long Island. He opened his first restaurant in 1979 called Taiko, which was Long Island’s first Japanese restaurant with a dedicated sushi bar. Ishikawa’s own roll creations have become popular across the country and are signature favorites at Shiro of Japan including “Jake” with chopped shrimp and crab with mayo and fish egg and “Black Dragon” consisting of “Jake” on the inside topped with avocado, eel, tobiko, scallion and sweet eel sauce.
Shiro of Japan has also developed a substantial catering and wholesale business with regular daily food service and catered events for more than 30 cafeterias at colleges, corporate dining facilities and government agencies in the New York Metropolitan Area. Shiro of Japan offers its customers a full line of sushi entrees and traditional Japanese cuisine, as well as on-site chefs.
In 2013, Shiro of Japan opened its first grab-and-go retail location in the middle of an iconic landmark in New York City—Grand Central Terminal. In Grand Central, Shiro of Japan serves sushi and other Japanese specialities to commuters, tourists, and locals in a quick-service format. Shiro of Japan is proud to offer restaurant quality sushi in a fast-paced environment.
Whether its fine dining, quick service, wholesale or catering, our highly skilled executive chefs use only the freshest ingredients and the highest quality of sushi-grade seafood. Our chefs take special care to ensure that every piece of fish is sliced at the right angle and that every piece of seaweed has its own unique characteristics that dictate on which side the rice should be rolled. Our sushi rice is hand-paddled and made from a time-honored Japanese recipe that was handed down over decades.
Come taste and experience the quallity and authenticity of Japanese cuisine at Shiro of Japan.