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Be-Ju Sashimi & Sake Bar

Be-Ju is another exciting culinary gem, from Tom Schaudel, the culinary world's brilliant, and entrepreneurial executive chef. . Located within his magnificent Jewel restaurant, Tom and chefs shigeki yamamoto, and hiroki tanii have created a pan asian world, decorated in tones of cream and earth. Be-Ju is dominated by a large sushi bar ,behind which chefs yamamoto and tanii create their wondrous dishes.
This restaurant is dedicated to the art of creating authentic sushi/sashimi of the highest quality, and using only the freshest imported and local fish from the surrounding waters. The exceptional sushi chefs at Be Ju specially prepare each fish to bring out it’s unique characteristics.

Tom Schaudel is one of Long Island's most prolific and exciting chefs. After graduating from the C.I.A. in 1973 he has been the driving force behind many top Long Island restaurants such as Panama Hatties, Downtown Grille and Wine Bar, 107 Forest Ave., Lemongrass, Tease, Coolfish, Passionfish, and Starfish. His current line-up is Jewel and Be-Ju in Melville, aMano in Mattituck, aLure in Southold, Ross-Schaudel Catering and Event Planning in Jamesport, and The Petulant Wino in Aquebogue. Tom has had numerous appearances on The Food Network, Channels 12 and 21, Telecare and the Metro Channel N.Y.C. as well as guest radio segments on WOR, WEHM, and KJOY which led to Tom hosting his own radio show, “Playing with Fire” on WHLI, every Saturday morning from 10:00-11:00. His book, “Playing with Fire: Whining and dining on the Gold Coast, published in 2009, won an Indie book “Honorable Mention” award for humor. Tom has a line of ten wines under the Tom Schaudel “Reserve” label that he makes at Paumanok Vineyards and are available exclusively at his restaurants. He has received numerous awards over the years from The James Beard House, The Magro Foundation, The Child Life Rainbow Program, The Wine Spectator, The Wine Enthusiast, The Long Island Food Critic, Island Harvest, Long Island Press Best of the Best, and Dan’s Papers and in 2010 was the inaugural inductee to the Long Island Restaurant Hall of Fame. Tom is an accomplished musician with an offbeat and hilarious sense of humor.

Tom met Chef Yamamoto when chef Yama was working at Nagashima, a popular and highly successful sushi restaurant in Jericho. Yama is a certified sushi master chef, and also worked at the famed 3 star New York Nissan restaurant. After collaborating on a number of restaurant projects, tom was convinced that yama was the best sushi chef he had ever known and asked him to join him in opening Be Ju in 2013. The restaurant has given chef yamamoto the opportunity to have his skills exhibited in full display. Yama personally selects his fish in Montauk, and in his off time roots and suffers with the NY Jets.

Tanii, yama's associate at Be Ju, is also a Certified Master Chef who had years of experience at the famed Nippon restaurant in NY, which was America's first sushi bar. After he left Nippon, Tanii worked at the famed Daruma sushi restaurant in Great Neck for 9 years, before joining Tom at Be-Ju. Highly skilled, with an easy going manner, he brings a stellar reputation and great skills to Be-Ju. Tanii is one of the select few sushi masters who are licensed to prepare the exotic and potentially deadly (fugu) blowfish. Tanii enjoys running marathons and playing baseball.

We visited Tom at Be Ju on a beautiful Thursday evening , and were immediatley enveloped in a large and lively happy hour group milling around the large circular bar at Jewel.. Tom met us and gave us a "cooks tour" of Be-Ju, which was originally a series of beautiful party rooms at Jewel, first utilized for cigar and wine dinners.With the introduction of Be-Ju, the rooms have been converted into a beautiful asian stylized restaurant . Be Ju features a linear dining room and sushi bar, with seating by the oversized tinted green windows. The menu offers a series of Special Sushi dinners , individual sushi offerings and unique chef combinations of sushi and sashimi.

Be-Ju is a perfect place for a business lunch or dinner, cocktails and networking.

Kudos to Tom, Yama, and Tanii who have created an exception sushi/sashimi palace on long island.

Be-Ju Sushi and Sashimi Restaurant
400 Broadhollow Road (Route 110) Melville, New York 11747
Phone: (631) 755-0555
E-mail: info@bejusushi.com

Jewel Restaurant
400 Broadhollow Road (Route 110) Melville, New York 11747
Phone: (631) 755-5777
E-mail: info@jewelrestaurantli.com