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'''Miya's Sushi''' is a [[sushi]] restaurant located in the [[Chapel West]] neighborhood of downtown [[New Haven, Connecticut]].
 
 
==History==
 
The restaurant was opened in 1982 by Yoshiko Lai, a Japanese nutritionist and surgeon's wife.<ref>http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/02/09/business/c1-_sushi9.txt</ref> She currently operates the restaurant with her son, [[Bun Lai]], who is the creator of the current cuisine. The restaurant's original location was at 1217 Chapel Street, and in 1990 was relocated to its current location around the corner on Howe Street.
 
 
[[File:Miyas_ebibaba.jpg|thumb|none|alt=Miya's Ebibaba Sushi.|Miya's Ebibaba Sushi, made with the invasive [[Japanese Shore Crab]]''.]]
 
 
==Cuisine==
 
Miya's serves all original recipes from a sixty page menu. The restaurant is the first [[sustainable sushi]] restaurant in the North East.<ref>http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/sustainable_sushi_gets_a_toehold1/</ref> It also has the largest [[vegetarian sushi]] menu in the world.<ref>{{cite web|last=Granata |first=Elise |url=http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/sustainable_sushi_gets_a_toehold1/ |title="Sustainable Sushi" Gets A Toehold |publisher=New Haven Independent |date=2010-01-18 |accessdate=2010-02-24}}</ref> Miya's also offers the world's only [[invasive species]] menu, featuring dishes made of [[foraged]] ingredients that are threatening to the region's [[indigenous species]]. Miya's serves a number of unique [[sake]] infusions, which feature ingredients such as hand-picked [[pine cones]], wild [[sumac]], [[dandelion]] blooms and [[chili peppers]].
 
 
==Bun Lai==
 
Bun Lai (born in 1970) is an Asian American chef, environmentalist and social activist. He is the owner and chef of Miya's.
 
 
He was born in Hong Kong, the son of Yoshiko Lai, a Japanese nutritionist and restauranteur, and Dr. Yin Lok Lai, a Chinese surgeon and Cambridge University educated professor.<ref>http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WFD-4BJW4KX-4N&_user=10&_coverDate=11%2F30%2F1972&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1219775207&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=b08883dffa60ea2b0c5efe23f1c607c4</ref> He majored in International Relations at Ursinus College, where he wrestled. In 2008, he cornered Sally Roberts to the finals of the National tournament and the Olympic trials.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.eship.rpi.edu/bunlai_bio.html |title=E*NTREPRENEURSHIP at Rensselaer |publisher=Eship.rpi.edu |date= |accessdate=2010-02-24}}</ref> He has coached numerous state and New England Champions as the head coach of Hamden Hall Wrestling. In 2001, he was featured in an commercial for [[Carlsberg]] Beer.<ref>http://www.eship.rpi.edu/bunlai_bio.html</ref> Bun has delivered food for Meals on Wheels and has, also, cooked and served in soup kitchens. He has, also, worked for the Leap and numerous nonprofit children and family programs.
 
 
==Media Appearances==
 
On Sunday January 31, 2010, Bun Lai appeared with [[Matt Scott]] on [[WTNH]]. <ref>http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/on_air/gmc_weekend/serving-sushi-with-a-twist</ref>
 
 
On February 22, 2010, NBC 30, [[WVIT]], aired a feature news story about Miya's Sushi and sustainable sushi.<ref>http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/around-town/food-drink/Green_Sushi_Hartford.html?__source=Facebook</ref>
 
 
Bun Lai appears on The Faith Middleton Show's [[The Food Schmooze!]] February 24, 2010 on [[WNPR]].<ref>http://www.cpbn.org/program/faith-middleton-show</ref>
 
 
==Accolades==
 
[[Casson Trenor]], one of Time magazine's "[[Heroes of the Environment (2009)]]," has repeatedly praised Miya's for having the East Coast's only sustainable sushi menu.<ref>{{cite web|last=Baruzzi |first=Cara |url=http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/02/09/business/c1-_sushi9.txt |title=On a roll: Miya’s changing the way we eat, think about sushi (video)- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut |publisher=Nhregister.com |date= |accessdate=2010-02-24}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://jacquelinechurch.com/pig-tales-a-fish-friends/1873-sustainable-sushi-and-end-of-the-line-screening |title=Sustainable Sushi and End of the Line Screening |publisher=Jacquelinechurch.com |date=2010-02-01 |accessdate=2010-02-24}}</ref>
 
 
==Awards==
 
*Best Of New England - Editor's Selection - [[Yankee Magazine]] 2009
 
*Best Of New England - Tourist Guide - [[Boston Magazine]] 2009
 
*Best Sushi Statewide - [[Connecticut Magazine]] - 2009
 
*Best Sushi - New Haven County - [[Connecticut Magazine]] - 2009
 
*Best Overall Restaurant, Best Sushi, and Best Japanese Restaurant - The Advocate Reader's Poll - [[New Haven Advocate]] -26 time winner, 1983-2009
 
 
== References ==
 
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{{Reflist}}
 
 
== External links ==
 
 
*http://www.miyassushi.com
 
*Dining; A Year of Standouts Worth the Trip http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9D07E5D61039F93AA35752C0A9639C8B63&fta=y
 
*Backstage: Bun Sui Lai http://www.yaledailynews.com/scene/interview/2009/04/17/backstage-bun-sui-lai/
 
*It's not just pizza anymore: http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/2009_05/nh_food.html
 
*Having Fun With Bun http://miyassushi.com/ctmag.pdf
 
*Boston Globe: Tuna at risk? Sushi chefs find other fish in the sea http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2010/02/22/with_bluefin_endangered_sushi_chefs_look_to_other_fish_in_the_sea/
 
*Chicago Tribune: Two Winter Parties In Downtown Hartford http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/hce-nujavaeat0213.artfeb13,0,873818.story
 
*New haven Register: On a roll: Miya’s changing the way we eat, think about sushi http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/02/09/business/c1-_sushi9.txt
 
*NBC Connecticut: Green Sushi http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/around-town/food-drink/Green_Sushi_Hartford.html?__source=Facebook
 
*New York City Sweet Tooth: Seven Deadly Sushi http://www.citysweettooth.com/?p=601
 
*Restaurants CT: New AHven Restaurant Week http://www.restaurantsct.com/blog/new-haven-restaurant-week-day-4b%E2%80%94miya%E2%80%99s-sushi/
 
*New Haven Independent: “Sustainable Sushi” Gets A Toehold http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/sustainable_sushi_gets_a_toehold1/
 
*Connecticut Style http://www.wtnh.com/generic/ct_style/miyas_sushi
 
*Rensselear Polytechnic Institute: New Horizons Series Speaker http://www.eship.rpi.edu/bunlai_bio.html
 
*Bun Lai From Miya's Sushi Returns http://www.thenewsroom.com/details/3790254/Humor
 
*The Remarkable Palate http://www.mevio.com/episode/49970/remarkable-palate-78-chef-bun-lai-of/?mode=detail
 
*Fairfield County Weekly: Just Eat It http://www.fairfieldweekly.com/article.cfm?aid=16853
 
*Dining; A Year of Standouts Worth the Trip http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9D07E5D61039F93AA35752C0A9639C8B63&fta=y
 
*Backstage: Bun Sui Lai http://www.yaledailynews.com/scene/interview/2009/04/17/backstage-bun-sui-lai/
 
*It's not just pizza anymore: http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/2009_05/nh_food.html
 
*Having Fun With Bun http://miyassushi.com/ctmag.pdf
 
*http://newhavenadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=16667
 
 
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