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Just returned home from Made In Asia in Ardsley, a new Asian/Japanese restaurant next door to the Food Emporium.
Had driven by the space a few times and although that space has always held less than great restaurants, this is a rare exception.

The place has been open about three weeks and while sitting there,
I overhead numerous conversations from people who apparently have
returned several times. Try the Crisp Shredded Dried Beef which I asked the owner for an appetizer portion and he happily obliged.
If you ever had this dish at Rain in NY, you know how good it can be and this was good. Not too crispy but very tasty. Also Grand Marnier Prawns (which were nice size) were done butterfly style, lightly fried and weren't drowned in the mayo sauce like many other places.
My wife had the Seafood soup which she loved and a Dragon Roll which she said was good. However, I get the strong feeling that the Asian side of the restaurant is a better bet. Before Made In Asia opened,
I ate at David Chens for years, now there's new competition and frankly, a much mored interesting menu. They also deliver to the surrounding areas. Try it, I'm interested in your thoughts.

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  1. So, is this place in Ardsley, or Armonk, like your title suggests?

    1. I'm confused as well. I was wondering if Ardsley suddenly became conveniently close to Armonk. It's not.

      Glad it wasn't just me.

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      1. re: dolores

        boy, I'd sure be happy if it were... alas, my office moved - today - to armonk from white plains. much farther from port chester and white plains...

        1. re: adamclyde

          I'm pretty sure GrifinMil meant Armonk. I know the location. It's one of those restaurants that changes names and owners every 2 years. But if you are now working in Armonk, I can make some suggestions that are close by either latin food or other. Since I live in Northern Westchester...

          1. re: chocolate chick

            absolutely! I just started a thread looking for responses here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/348044

            If, indeed GrifinMil meant armonk, that is a great thing.

      2. Hey adam, I think we're in the same company! In the Learning Center, perhaps?

        Don't forget Kira Sushi, right down the street.

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        1. re: dolores

          yup, lovely blue... north castle for me.

          I've heard a lot about kira sushi... what is the price point?

        2. adamclyde, I've never found sushi to be cheap. I think it's comparable to that of Harrison and Mamaroneck and Hartsdale in quality and price.

          1. Sorry, It's in Armonk. My mistake.

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            1. re: GrifinMil

              Excellent, GrifinMil, can't wait to try them out.

              Armonk I can find.

            2. Just got back from doing a quick explore of Armonk and had lunch at Made In Asia (or M.I. Asia as their sign reads).

              I had the Szechuan Peppercorn Crispy White Meat Chicken. Which was pretty tasty. At first I didn't think it was very spicy, and while it isn't VERY hot, it did have an additive effect and left my mouth tingling by the end. I started with the Wonton soup. The broth had a nice flavor and a bit of a sweetness from fried onion bits. Unfortunately the wonton itself was too bland.

              My wife had the sashimi lunch. Some of the fish was very fresh (shrimp and salmon) and others were not(tuna and yellowtail).

              I concur with GrifinMil that the cooked side might be a better bet.

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              1. re: ltlevy

                I actually went there yesterday. It was pretty decent. Had the malaysian red curry chicken. Was $8, I think. Not bad, but not overwhelming either...

                I need to try this David Chen place too. Thanks, btw, for your recs on the other places in the armonk thread.

                1. re: adamclyde

                  adamclyde,

                  I think you'll be disappointed in David Chen's. It is "upscale" American Chinese. A bit pricy for not having great food.

                  BTW... I'm also part of the Blue Crew in North Castle.

              2. Here is my take: Overall, MIA has a LOT of potential, yet never comes through. So many of their dishes are "nearly" great. Yesterday I had the Crispy Dried Beef...it was horrible. The beef was cooked perfectly, but its lightly breaded and fried in the same sugary sauce used for Sesame Chicken! This preparation is nowhere near the authentic Thai dish.

                Also, they have messed up 3 out of my 4 take out orders. Mess ups range from forgetting minor requests, like soy sauce, to big screw ups like substituting XO Udon Noodles for an order of Fried Rice.

                A lot of flavor, a lot of potential, but MIA needs to get its act together, or they will be boarded up like the rest of the places in that retail space.... I give them 7 months...MAX.

                1. This place is terrific. We've been back several times with friends, all of whom have returned on their own. Every dish we've tried has been superb, as has been the sushi/sashimi, which we've had several times, always perfect.

                  Service is attentive and gracious, a cut above nearby Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Alex, the owner, is always on hand and welcoming.

                  Not sure why some of the above are lukewarm in their reviews. Our experiences at M.I. Asia have been consistently excellent. And we've noticed that they're doing more business each time we've gone there. Obviously, the word is getting out.

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                  1. re: mountainlion

                    I just wanted to add that while my overall impression is still not great, mountainlion brought up an excellent point...their service IS great. Always warm and gracious, and VERY apologetic about their mistakes, even though they keep making them.

                    For what I considere the BEST Asian fusion place in the area, check out ACE on Commerce Steet in Hawthorne/Thornwood.

                  2. I absolutely love Made In Asia and cant say enough about it.

                    We were going to Kira down the block at least once a week for years. Tired of paying crazy prices, getting little customer service or aknowledgement that we were consistent patrons, noticing poorer sushi quality and getting attitude when we returned it, we tried Made In Asia.

                    First, The staff and owner, Alex, are wonderful. They always smile when we come in, throw in some sushi they think we would like, know and refer to us by name. The ambience is much better (especially the little booths where you take off your shoes). The innovative sushi is Excellent, the menu diverse for everyone (as they have cooked pan asian too, which means my 18 month old can join us for dinner), and it is also always very very fresh.

                    Most importantly, our bill is always half what Kira was.

                    Enjoy it.... I'm living there these days!