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Closed in New Hyde Park: Ara Sushi & Grill

Ara in New Hyde Park.

Ara in New Hyde Park. (Credit: Barbara Alper)

Ara Sushi & Grill, which occupied the former New Hyde Park home of Imperial Seoul, has closed.

While the spacious well-appointed restaurant served both Korean and Japanese fare, it was the Korean food that really stood out.

Recalled from a lunch last summer: an array of banchan — the gratis small plates that precede a meal — lavish enough to count as a mini-meal. And a gratis dish of steamed egg that was way more than just an egg, steamed. Memorable as well: dumpling soup, hot-stone bibimbap and spicy grilled chicken thighs.

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