Harmony: 39-23 Queens Blvd.,
Sunnyside, 11104; 786-8383
Cuisine: Chinese and Japanese
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Credit Cards: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Under the roar of the 7 train in Sunnsyside exists peace .
. .or rather Harmony . . . a two-month-old Japanese and Chinese restaurant. To find
Harmony, look for a rooftop of exploding neon lights that simulates fireworks.
Its easy to feel comfortable in the large red booths engraved
with roses. The hard part is choosing from a range of moderately priced dishes that span
from the Japanese Chicken Teriyaki ($8.25) to the citronic Beef and Stringbeans ($8.25).
If you still have a hard time deciding what to order because you want
everything, then close the menu, take a deep breath and tour Harmonys generous
buffet. Depending on the day, dishes can range from Mussels with Black Bean Sauce to
Steamed Hard Shell Clams. The buffet starts at 5 p.m., except Sundays when it starts at 11
a.m. During the week the buffet is priced at $9.95 and $14.95 on weekends.
The BBQ part of the buffet has crispy chicken and roast duck. There are
plenty of appetizers, including the not-to-miss dim sum. Keep in mind, Harmony has a chef
that makes only dim sum. There are also five daily soups, including two dessert soups. As
bizarre as a dessert soup may seem, the warm Taro and Tapioca soup more than redeems
itself. Not overly sweet, the soup is based on coconut cream joined by globules of tapioca
and cubes of taro.
To stick to Japanese, sit at Harmonys Sushi Bar. There you can
enjoy sashimi or sushi rolls that are sprinkled with sesame and minced seaweed. Among the
fresh rolls are Tobiko (Flying fish roe $4), Ika (Squid $3.50) and for the less daring
theres the California Roll (Crab leg and avocado $3.25).