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OrganicLife Jan 8, 2007 09:57 PM

I'm from Manhattan where for years I lived steps away from Blue Ribbon, Tomoe, Yama, Bond Street, and Nobu...I'm a sushi snob. Now I live in Westchester and have been struggling to find sushi that's up to snuff. Most of what I've had has been awful. Like supermarket sushi.

Please help!

And where can one buy TRULY FRESH seafood around here???? Four fish shops so far have let me down. Greenwich lobster pot being one of them...

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  1. JMF RE: OrganicLife Jan 8, 2007 11:26 PM

    Azuma in Hartsdale next to the train station. As far as I know they are or were the best in the county.

    But lately I have heard excellent things about Sushi Nanase on Mamaroneck ave in White Plains, which I think is reservation only. I haven't been yet but they are on my list.

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      cervisiam RE: OrganicLife Jan 9, 2007 12:54 AM

      search??
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/322658
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/318133

      and on a tomoe-related note, have you been to toku shin? the owner/chef is apparently from tomoe:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/233478

      1. MikiLovesSugar RE: OrganicLife Jan 9, 2007 01:05 AM

        Azuma is definitely my families go to Sushi restaurant (and we mean business when it comes to sushi... we are Japanese ;-)!!!!)

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          Beatriceis6 RE: OrganicLife Jan 9, 2007 03:43 PM

          toyo sushi on Mamaroneck Avenue is the best you can find around here we think. It is not Blue Ribbon, but it is nice and inventive. The young sushi chef is the real deal.

          As for fish shops, there are some very basic shops on Main Street in New Rochelle that are fine and reasonable. You do have to know what's what though.

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            dolores RE: OrganicLife Jan 9, 2007 03:48 PM

            Fish shops on Main Street in New Rochelle??????? Really. Wow. Which ones? Please don't tell me the disgusting vegetable stores near North Ave.

            Yes, Toyo is marvelous. Absolutely delish and fresh.

            As is Azuma and the much mentioned sushi stores in Armonk and Harrison.

            Asiana Cafe has good sushi if you're into the scene in Greenwich.

            I still have not made it to Sushi Nanase, more's the pity.

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              cervisiam RE: dolores Jan 11, 2007 11:56 PM

              delores, i went to toyo tonight, and posted my review over in this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/322658

              i haven't visited azuma in a few months, so i didn't make a comparison between the two--how would you compare azuma and toyo?

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                dolores RE: cervisiam Jan 12, 2007 12:35 AM

                Nice review, cervisiam, thanks for the pointer. I have to admit I have only gotten all my sushi as takeout, I don't have too many takers to eat in with me.

                So on that basis, I found Toyo to be like my first taste of caviar at Xavier's in Garrison, a hundred years ago. The ambience was dismal, the place reminded me of a cafeteria. But, as it was a special occasion, we had champagne and caviar. The caviar burst on my tongue as caviar is supposed to do, I've since found out. It was a dining experience I have never duplicated, and no caviar anywhere has ever been as good.

                That is how, on a smaller level, Toyo struck me. Their sushi was so fresh and so good, that it is my new favorite over Kira in Armonk. Neither Azuma nor any other place I've tried...I liked the place in Mamaroneck which is now Italian...has been as good as Toyo.

                Again, really nice review.

                I will have to get to Nanase, one of these days. Have you been there yet?

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                  cervisiam RE: dolores Jan 12, 2007 01:12 PM

                  yes, i went to nanase in november and REALLY enjoyed it! http://www.chowhound.com/topics/322658

                  i put nanase in a different category than azuma and toyo, because of its higher price range and more elegantly presented dishes. wish my wallet could let me go back often. :)

                  in any case, i really enjoyed toyo--still thinking about the falling-apart toro and the fresh scallops today! :) although i was impressed by the presentation at toyo, i don't think i could make a comparison regarding presentation at azuma vs. toyo, since i sat at the bar at azuma, and yesterday sat at a table at toyo.

                  since i live closer to mamaroneck than hartsdale, it's an easy choice to prefer toyo. looking at my receipt from last night, i think it may be more affordably priced than azuma--scallops at 2.25, uni at 3.50, toro (not sure if it was even chutoro or otoro, but it was certainly decadent!) at 7.00. the king salmon (special) at 4.00 was really two pieces. the anago! oh man, i want to eat there right now! :)

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                    dolores RE: cervisiam Jan 12, 2007 03:30 PM

                    Good to know about Nanase, cervisiam.

                    My nirvana is eel skin, and that's what I base my very opinionated reviews of each sushi place on. I don't see it on their online menu, but I think I was accomodated when I went there.

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              SLO RE: OrganicLife Jan 9, 2007 05:52 PM

              Not sure where in Westchester you are ...
              Kira Sushi in Armonk is quite good.
              I like my local in Chappaqua - Takayama
              and as far as fresh seafood, have you tried Mt. Kisco Seafood? I have very rarely been disappointed with their fish.
              I also think the fish at Turco's can be quite good on occassion .. you have to look at it carefully.

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                OrganicLife RE: OrganicLife Jan 9, 2007 06:29 PM

                Thanks for the suggestions....

                1. adamclyde RE: OrganicLife Jan 9, 2007 07:50 PM

                  In Greenwich, I like KU. As is often the case, you'll get better options at the sushi bar.

                  I haven't yet tried Toku Shin, which, as the poster above noted, is run by the former Tomoe folks from Manhattan. It's #1 on my list of places to try. Heard excellent things about it so far.

                  I've good things about Kira Sushi in Armonk, but haven't been there yet either.

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                    Scotty100 RE: OrganicLife Jan 9, 2007 08:00 PM

                    I rate the Kira Sushi in Greenwich very highly. More than Ku actually. Haven't tried the Armonk one but the one in Greenwich has been spot-on when I've been there. Always very fresh. The hamachi is excellent. As are their unagi rolls. Looking forward to trying Toku Shin...

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                      laylag RE: OrganicLife Jan 12, 2007 01:16 PM

                      I am not a sushi fan and haven't tried it but I was told by a Japanese friend who lived here in Westchester for a few years that they considered Hajime in Harrison the best of the bunch.

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                        elizabean RE: OrganicLife Jan 12, 2007 08:53 PM

                        I live in Rye and I consider myself a sushi snob. The best of eveything mentioned on this board are Hajime (this is my regular spot), Azuma (have only been there once, but loved it) and Toku Shin (great hot food as well). I hear great things about Sushi Nanase. I am not a fan of Toyo. I go to Toyo when my children want sushi. Toyo is more about funky rolls than superior fish.

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                          Silk Purse RE: elizabean Jan 13, 2007 03:42 PM

                          Glad you mentioned Hajime, elizabean. I'm from Mamaroneck - and they are the best!

                          I have been a regular at Hajime since they opened ... maybe 15 yrs ago ... before that the sushi chef / owner was at Cho Cho San in Thornwood ... where I was also a regular customer = they were close to my old office.

                          Hajime consistantly delivers A+ sushi, shashimi ... whatever. I've been to Azuma and Nobu (expensive!) and they are good ... but Hajime is still my favorite for the food and atmosphere.

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                            cervisiam RE: Silk Purse Jan 26, 2007 11:32 AM

                            i visited hajime yesterday and ordered my usual array plus a few different items: sea eel, salmont, toro, yellowtail, red clam, sea clam, sweet shrimp (ebi) and prawn. it seems as though the pieces were a little crudely cut and put together. the yellowtail had a surprising leaf of basil--a little strong for the fish, and i think deterred from the flavor of the fish. the toro was medium grade--i was expecting toro that was much more fatty. (still dreaming of that falling-apart toro that i had at toyo!) sweet shrimp (ebi) and scallops were good. salmon skin hand roll had a surprising spicy kick added in. overall, it was slightly disappointing because i had high expectations from the comments on chowhound. however, i will say that the atmosphere of hajime is pretty great--the waitress (alice) and the owner keep a humorous rapport, especially with the regulars. if i were in the neighborhood, i might return, but i may as well drive a little further and go to toyo.

                            about elizabean's comment regarding toyo having only funky rolls, this is true--they do have many unique rolls. however, the quality of the fish is also something to be noted--i was highly impressed by my visit to toyo.

                            now i need to garner enough money to make a trip to azuma since i haven't been there in 6 months! :)

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                              MRS RE: cervisiam Jan 26, 2007 02:30 PM

                              I would agree with you. We went when we 1st moved to this area and I wasn't so impressed. It was fair. And, there was an annoying waitress who shouted through the room a lot.

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                          shellyesq RE: OrganicLife Jan 17, 2007 04:31 PM

                          I'm not a sushi eater, but my husband was just talking to someone about sushi and he recommends Hanada Sushi in Yorktown and Wild Ginger (a pan-Asian place) in Greenwich.

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                            OrganicLife RE: OrganicLife Jan 17, 2007 05:55 PM

                            where is Toku shin? I went driving around looking for it on west putnam yesterday but I couldn't find it! What is it next to?

                            Thanks!

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                              adamclyde RE: OrganicLife Jan 17, 2007 08:28 PM

                              Here it is:

                              Tokushin
                              28 W Putnam Ave
                              Greenwich, CT 06830
                              (203) 661-1600

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                              MRS RE: OrganicLife Jan 17, 2007 10:46 PM

                              I had such a disappointing lunch at Kira Greenwich on Monday. The yellowtail and tuna in the respective rolls was so chopped that it was like mush. The eel had that "bony/hairy" feel to it when you bit in. Normally I am such a little piggie there, but I didn't even finish all that I ordered and when my husband asked if I wanted more( which I never turn down) or something else, I had lost all taste for it. I may be moving on to Toku.

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                                Raisel RE: OrganicLife Jan 18, 2007 09:18 PM

                                If you don't mind traveling to Nyack, Wasabi is excellent.

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                                  TGO RE: OrganicLife Jan 18, 2007 09:43 PM

                                  Had lunch today at Tokushin in Greenwich (on W. Putnam) and thought it was outstandingly fresh and noticeably superior to all the other sushi places in Westchester (haven't been to Nanase yet). I ate with a Japanese friend of mine who says it's always great and during the week it's a favorite of the japanese ladies who lunch crowd.

                                  1. Marge RE: OrganicLife Jan 18, 2007 09:47 PM

                                    I have reservations for Sushi Nanase next week. I was told that if we want omakase, I must call back 3-4 days prior to our reservation so the chef can order stuff for his specials...I am excited! Will post a review after our dinner.

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                                      cervisiam RE: Marge Jan 26, 2007 11:33 AM

                                      hey marge! any update!??? :)

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                                        Marge RE: cervisiam Jan 26, 2007 11:44 AM

                                        Going tonight! Will report tomorrow.

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                                          dolores RE: Marge Feb 1, 2007 05:45 AM

                                          Hey Marge, how did you like Sushi Nanse?

                                          Please let me know if it's a lot of money for small amounts of food on a pretty plate or a really great place!

                                          Thanks.

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                                            Marge RE: dolores Feb 1, 2007 07:01 AM

                                            I posted my review on 1/27, sorry, I don't know how to link it. It was a lot of money for small amounts of food on pretty plates AND it was a really great place! I highly recommend for the outstanding quality of the sushi.

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                                              dolores RE: Marge Feb 1, 2007 07:04 AM

                                              LOL, sorry I think I remember it now. You said Mr. Marge left hungry, right?

                                              Thanks. I guess I'll have to try it, at least once (without Mr. dolores, for sure).

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                                      Scotty100 RE: OrganicLife Jan 18, 2007 10:50 PM

                                      I agree with the praise for Toku Shin in Greenwich. Ate there last Friday. Very fresh fish. Tried the Spanish Mackerel - excellent. As was the spider roll...and the tofu soup starter was fantastic. Very light touch on the batter...just as it should be.

                                      Ambience wise it is a little more formal in vibe I think than my other fave in Greenwich, Kira Sushi. Very quiet too...think minamilist setting...serene etc...or maybe cos it was only half-full at 9pm (actually not bad for Greenwich...). Prices on the high side but no more than Kira or tengda...big cut of fish too...all in all worth a visit.

                                      MRS - sorry to hear you had a bad lunch at Kira. I have always had great fish there...do you think it was because it was a Monday? Maybe not...shouldn't be a factor in high-end sushi joints but personally I never eat sushi on a Monday due to my suspicions that it may have been lying there for the entire weekend...but that's just me...paranoid android...:)

                                      High-end joints should have their supply chains in order to get fresh stuff any day of the week.

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                                        wkh RE: OrganicLife Jan 18, 2007 10:56 PM

                                        Kira in Greenwich, Koo in Rye, both pretty solid choices on the NY/CT border.

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                                          tdchow RE: OrganicLife Jan 26, 2007 12:06 PM

                                          Kotobuki in Stamford is quite good if you're willing to travel a little further east.

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                                            PlasticMoonRain RE: OrganicLife Jan 31, 2007 10:59 AM

                                            My favorites in Westchester -- Sushi Mike's in Dobbs Ferry, and Kirari in Scarsdale (although it is temporarily closed from a kitchen fire).

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                                              JMF RE: PlasticMoonRain Feb 1, 2007 05:27 AM

                                              PMR- Can you tell us a bit about Kirari? I haven't been there since they changed the name a year or so ago. is it the same owners and cooks? Is the food the same style, a mix of homestyle and izakaya foods plus sushi/sashimi? Do they still have a great premium sake selection? Thanks

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                                                PlasticMoonRain RE: JMF Feb 4, 2007 06:52 PM

                                                Hi -- Kirari is definitely NOT the same people as the restaurant before. I was not living in Scarsdale when that last restaurant was there, so I don't have any basis of comparison. All I know is that the fish is great, their special sushi's are really good (and tend to be of the spicy variety), the people there are really friendly, and I've been there on many Monday nights and the place is surprisingly busy.

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                                                  JMF RE: PlasticMoonRain Feb 5, 2007 07:46 AM

                                                  You mention spicy sushi and I was put off. Are they mostly traditional nigiri sushi or those silly rolls with everything thrown in? Do they do homestyle dishes and small bites like an Izakaya, or the typical American/Japanese menu with just tempura, teriyaki, sushi/sashimi, etc.? Do they have a large, premium sake selection?

                                                  I thought the old place was excellent (for some reason I can't remember the name), but it must have been a year or two ahead of its time. Now the Isakaya style has caught on in NYC and they would be mobbed as one of the only places like that in Westchester.

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                                                    PlasticMoonRain RE: JMF Feb 5, 2007 12:47 PM

                                                    No, it's definitely not one of those silly places with crazy rolls. As a matter of fact, they rotate about four or five special rolls a month on a simple board, and they are usually terrific (they just happen to lean towards spicy, but not always).

                                                    I'd say they are more of a the traditional American/Japanese, as they do serve sushi rookies, but they can be creative and do off the menu as well.

                                                    I do not know about their sake selection, unfortunately.

                                                    The old name was Gyosai or something like that.

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                                                      PlasticMoonRain RE: PlasticMoonRain Feb 21, 2007 06:42 PM

                                                      Happy to say Kirari has reopened. Although I have not stopped by since it reopened its doors less than a week ago, I can see through the windows that the place is humming. Looking forward to returning.

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                                              bevoray RE: OrganicLife Feb 1, 2007 01:02 PM

                                              Koo in Rye

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                                                Markcarl RE: OrganicLife Feb 3, 2007 07:45 PM

                                                Toyo Sushi in mamaroneck on mamk ave

                                                1. mikezenspace RE: OrganicLife Feb 5, 2007 09:54 AM

                                                  Mt. Fuji in Mt. Kisco has been my regular spot for years.

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                                                    cervisiam RE: OrganicLife Feb 16, 2007 09:50 AM

                                                    my wallet berates me for the past 5 weeks of sushi--i was able to visit azuma today,and complete the comparison between toyo, azuma and hajime. in short, my order of preference would be toyo, azuma, and hajime (with hajime WAY behind)

                                                    hajime, as i had mentioned before, really fell short of the expectations i had when other chowhounds proclaimed it better than toyo and azuma. surprisingly, azuma, which i had _always_ considered to be the best in westchester, did not better toyo. at azuma, i ordered chutoro (no otoro because of weather delivery problems), uni, salmon, anago, amber jack, suzuki, scallop, sweet shrimp. prices a tad more expensive than toyo--uni was 4, uni was 4, anago at 3.50; although the otoro was priced at 5, i wish they had it, so i could compare to see the fattiness of it compared to toyo's otoro, which was priced at 7. overall, the fish at azuma was very good, but not as great as toyo.

                                                    so did i expect too much from azuma? or was toyo fantastic because i had low expectations? i consider myself very fortunate (or financially unlucky!) that my favorite of the three happens to be the closest to me. toyo, as i've said before, great, "funky", unique rolls but excellent fish to make it the forerunner.

                                                    sidenote: can't wait for a visit to tokushin to see how it matches up against toyo! :)

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                                                      Shawn RE: OrganicLife Feb 16, 2007 10:59 AM

                                                      I agree about Hajime. I've tried over the years to understand why the place always garnered such rave reviews. The place is OK in my view. Nothing more.

                                                      I've gone to Toyo several times for the funky rolls and always enjoyed them. But less so the sushi. Pieces were too big. That's a turn-off. It's a decent neighborhood place, but not great sushi. I always thought Azuma was the best until I went to Sushi Nanase. No other place in the area is in the same league as Nanase. The quality and selection of fish is amazing there. It is expensive, but worth every penny, IMO.

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                                                        cervisiam RE: Shawn Feb 16, 2007 11:19 AM

                                                        oh yeah, definitely nanase is in a different league--if you read the previous responses to this thread, i consider nanase is in a category by itself.

                                                        but, if you wanted something a little less heavy on the wallet, toyo and azuma are great alternatives. i disagree that the toyo pieces were too big. the only thing unusual about the size of the pieces were the the specials (king salmon, baby yellow tail, sea eel). they were presented in 4 inch 'ribbons' (for lack of a better word) across the rice.

                                                        to my _very_ limited sushi experience :) toyo is the only place where the toro (i'm guessing it was otoro, since they did not specify) actually was falling apart on the rice. it was insane. i wanted to roll myself in it :)

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                                                        Shawn RE: OrganicLife Feb 16, 2007 11:25 AM

                                                        I'll have to give Toyo another chance for sushi. To be fair, I had a pretty standard sushi assortment when I was there.

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                                                          PBB RE: OrganicLife Feb 17, 2007 08:02 AM

                                                          Try Sazan in Ardsley. It's clientele is mostly japanese. As someone who started out eating sushi at Hatsuhana in the early 80s, I try to only go to high quality sushi restaurants and find Sazan to be of high quality and reasonably priced.

                                                          I buy most of my fresh fish at Turcos.

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                                                            KarenNYC RE: OrganicLife Feb 19, 2007 02:45 PM

                                                            I am a big fan of Kira Sushi in Armonk, they also have a place in Greenwich and in Scarsdale. I'd also suggest Wild Ginger in Greenwich and Koo in Mt. Kisco.

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                                                              j918kny RE: OrganicLife Feb 21, 2007 07:32 PM

                                                              Ichi Riki Sushi in Elmsford is excellent. They have been around for almost 20 years. Always fresh, and pleasant staff.

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                                                                cervisiam RE: j918kny Feb 22, 2007 04:36 AM

                                                                have you been there since the changes in sushi chefs?
                                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/357762

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                                                                  OrganicLife RE: cervisiam Mar 2, 2007 04:12 AM

                                                                  HI All,

                                                                  So I know this thread has gotten quite long but it seems that the must try places are Nanase, Koo, Kira, Toyo, and TokuShin.

                                                                  Can somone clarify where each of these are located? City/street address? I'm on a mission to try each over the next few weeks. Also, please add in any other top contenders location info.

                                                                  Thanks!!!!

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                                                                    Marge RE: OrganicLife Mar 2, 2007 04:14 AM

                                                                    Here is Sushi Nanase's website. You need a reservation, they do not accommodate walk ins. Enjoy!
                                                                    http://www.sushinanase.com/english/in...

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                                                                      Alex318 RE: OrganicLife Mar 2, 2007 11:43 AM

                                                                      Toku Shin is in Greenwich on US1 on top of Greenwich Ave. Ate there last night with a co worker and it was excellent yet again. Scary though, Thursday 7:00pm and the restaurant had 6 people in it including my table. Ill be lost if this place has to close its doors.

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                                                                        ngimcm RE: Alex318 Apr 1, 2007 08:07 PM

                                                                        They DID closed its doors

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                                                                          Alex318 RE: ngimcm Apr 2, 2007 08:25 AM

                                                                          This is horrible news :(

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                                                                        dolores RE: OrganicLife Dec 17, 2008 07:42 AM

                                                                        OrganicLife, I have been to Kira and Toyo and Nanase blows their doors off. I would hazard a guess that they do the same to all places in the tristate area.

                                                                        Fujinoya in Hartsdale on Central Ave. is second in contention.

                                                                        Let me know what you think.

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                                                                          bearmi RE: dolores Jan 1, 2009 09:38 PM

                                                                          I like Fujinoya too but I agree that Nanase probably has higher quality fish over all. I think the quality of their sushi is more similar to the upscale sushi places in Manhattan.

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                                                                            JMF RE: dolores Apr 23, 2009 05:56 AM

                                                                            In agree about Nanase, then Fujinoya.

                                                                            Although Fujinoya is easier to get seated and cheaper. It's so well regarded that I saw the owner of a sushi restaurant from five miles away eating dinner there with his wife a few weeks ago.

                                                                            The box pressed sushi at Fujinoya is some of the best in that form that I have had, including some of the best sushi places I have been to in NYC and Japan.

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                                                                      busterboy RE: OrganicLife Mar 2, 2007 10:32 AM

                                                                      azuma is good but they are very nasty people. try koo in rye and hikou in bronxville, both are excellent.

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                                                                        nuts4shoes RE: OrganicLife Mar 22, 2007 01:59 PM

                                                                        Hands down, this sushi snob who frequents Nobu, Tomoe, Zutto and Blue Ribbon in thie city, goes to Sushi Mikes in Dobbs Ferry.....fresh, fun, family friendly, takes rezzies. Green dragon roll rocks

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                                                                          xecuchef RE: nuts4shoes Mar 23, 2007 03:13 PM

                                                                          Haiku in Bronxville is excellent. A bit pricy but worth it. At the other end of the spectrum, Spring Asia in Mt Vernon, has great sushi. Sui and Hai in Yorktown is good as well.

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                                                                          ngimcm RE: OrganicLife Apr 1, 2007 08:11 PM

                                                                          Kira Sushi on 4 Lewis Ct in Greenwich. Great food, fresh fish all the time and very friendly service everytime. Gotta try them!

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                                                                            Scotty100 RE: ngimcm Apr 2, 2007 01:40 PM

                                                                            Are you serious?! Toku Shin has shut down already??!!

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                                                                            Kalee RE: OrganicLife Apr 4, 2007 10:15 AM

                                                                            I have always had a good experience at Abis in Mamaroneck. It's always fresh and the service friendly. Toyo, I've only had at lunch, but it is always good as well. Has anyone tried Nara?

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                                                                              Alberta516 RE: OrganicLife Dec 14, 2008 07:06 AM

                                                                              I agree with one of the posters above that Haiku in Bronxville has amazingly good/fresh fish. I was there for the first time on Saturday night after a movie and tried it based on Chowhound posts. Service was efficient and pleasant even though the space was packed. Decor is lovely, although our table was small/cramped.

                                                                              I ordered the sashimi deluxe. They are happy to make substitutions. It was divine --like butter -- so good I hardly used any soy sauce/wasabi. All the sashimi items were excellent -- salmon, yellowtail, mackeral, tuna, sea bass. By far the best I've had in Westchester. Usually go to Toyo, which is good but not exceptional. The price at Haiku was quite moderate.

                                                                              One of the nice things about Haiku is that it is both a Japanese and Pan Asian fusion restaurant. My boyfriend who does not eat sushi had many more great choices from the menu than he would have at a regular Japanese restaurant. He had a chicken satay appetizer and an asian shrimp dish for dinner (shrimps were colossal -- 3x size of normal shrimp).

                                                                              Haiku is well worth a try.

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                                                                                martyl9 RE: Alberta516 Dec 17, 2008 07:21 AM

                                                                                Our experience at Haiku in Mamaroneck re the sushi was the exact opposite. My daughter and I had numerious samples sushi and sashimi; everthing tasted the same. too bad, we thought we had found a new place. I have to say the fried calamiari was quit good.

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                                                                                  dolores RE: martyl9 Dec 17, 2008 07:43 AM

                                                                                  Really, marty? Too bad. How do they compare to Fujinoya, or do they? Since they seem to be opening places faster than you can say Haiku, I'm not impressed.

                                                                                  Nanase is the best there is.

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                                                                                    martyl9 RE: dolores Jan 2, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                                                    Hi Dolores,
                                                                                    remind me where Fujinoya is? don't recall if we have eaten there.
                                                                                    happy new year.
                                                                                    marty

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                                                                                      Westjanie RE: martyl9 Jan 2, 2009 09:01 AM

                                                                                      It's on Central Ave in Hartsdale just south of the four corners -- and most immediately, just south of IHOP -- across from Fountain Diner and Chef Central.

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                                                                                        martyl9 RE: Westjanie Jan 2, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                                                        thanks for the info. we will have to check it out, W.

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                                                                                        dolores RE: martyl9 Jan 2, 2009 02:12 PM

                                                                                        That's it, marty. A converted garage, note the mechanism behind the two front windows.

                                                                                        marty, I don't think Nanase does lunch, only dinner.

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                                                                                          JMF RE: dolores Apr 23, 2009 05:58 AM

                                                                                          Actually it wasn't a garage, but the old Hartsdale Fire House / Paramedic station; now moved across the street.

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                                                                                      Alberta516 RE: martyl9 Dec 17, 2008 11:44 AM

                                                                                      Hi Marty. I don't know if Haiku in Mamaroneck and the one in Bronxville where I ate are connected. Bronxville was very good. As others have posted, Toyo in Mamaroneck is quite decent, although certainly not the best in the area.

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                                                                                        martyl9 RE: Alberta516 Jan 2, 2009 08:38 AM

                                                                                        A.
                                                                                        sorry for not responding sooner but with the holidays and year end stuff, just didn't have the time.
                                                                                        We did try Toyo a few months ago, it was good but I like simple tradition sushi, not the Americanized rolls. Will need to try again.
                                                                                        We still like Tzuro on Central Avenue but a few Chowhounds seem to differ. We have been to Nanase when it first opened but the better half only likes salmon; I will need to visit for a Saturday lunch on my own. Kira in Mt Kisco is also one of our other favorite Sushi places.
                                                                                        We were greatly disappointed with Haiku in Mamaroneck; we will have to wait to see what other Chowhounds report over the next few months.
                                                                                        Just the other day some one mentioned to me that another sushi place opened next to Enzo's which was reported to be very good.
                                                                                        thanks again, A.

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                                                                                    Avalondaughter RE: OrganicLife Dec 19, 2008 11:17 PM

                                                                                    I don't eat sushi, but Toyo is in my neighborhood, so I have been there a few times for the kitchen entrees. Quite frankly, if I ate sushi, I wouldn't go near the place. It REEKS! You walk into the place and the fish stink is just overwhelming. I have to down a lot of sake to be able to ignore it. I can't imagine the sushi in such a stinky place would be any good.

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                                                                                      Alberta516 RE: OrganicLife Jan 1, 2009 04:42 PM

                                                                                      Tried Sushi Mike's in Dobbs Ferry for the first time last nite. Friendly, efficient service despite packed house for New Year's. Found the sashimi to be fresh and good, but somehow it lacked the ethereal quality of really outstanding fish. Thought the Green Dragon roll was bland -- too much rice to taste the eel. Mike's is a nice place with a good menu, and I would go back. So far, Haiku in Bronxville has the best sushi I've eaten in Westchester, although I plan to try some of the other recommendations on this board.

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                                                                                        bearmi RE: Alberta516 Jan 1, 2009 09:32 PM

                                                                                        I am curious to try Haiku with all the recommendations here. Do you know how much it is per person? Also, is reservation necessary for week day dinners? Thanks ahead of time!

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                                                                                          Alberta516 RE: bearmi Jan 2, 2009 11:00 AM

                                                                                          Hi Bearmi. We got into Haiku in Bronxville on a Saturday night after a movie without a reservation, although it was crowded. As I mentioned, they also serve good Asian Fusion food, so it is fine if you go with someone who isn't fond of sushi or Japanese food. I found the prices to be fair/moderate -- about what you would expect to pay for a sashimi combo -- maybe $21 or so. Of course, if you order by the piece $ can mount. They are ok making substitutions on the standard combo. I have only been once, but can't wait to go again. Another poster has said he's tried Haiku in Mamaroneck and it wasn't so great -- I don't know if the two restaurants are connected altho the names are the same. Please post after you've tried it.

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                                                                                            bearmi RE: Alberta516 Jan 2, 2009 02:10 PM

                                                                                            Thanks for the info. I will let you guys know if I get to visit Haiku in Bronxville in the future. Thanks again.

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                                                                                          pabboy RE: Alberta516 Jan 3, 2009 12:33 AM

                                                                                          Sushi Mike's is a decent intro course to sushi. It's run by Taiwanese. Last time I went there the waitress and sushi chef spoke to me in Mandarin!

                                                                                          For regular weekly sushi fix I would hit Fujinoya or Sushi Nishi in Ardsley. Nothing special but excellent service and decent quality. Next step up is Sazan in Ardsley. Top of the list is Sushi Nanase.

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                                                                                          bensmomeats RE: OrganicLife Jan 1, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                                                          ok - i feel like i am talking to myself ! we found a hole in the wall, kiku, in stamford on hope street near the Twin Rinks. it reminds me from the outside of those places in LA in the strip malls but believe it or not it ranks with any of the places we ate in nyc for years.
                                                                                          as far as seafood shop around the corner from kiku on Camp avenue is New Wave seafood. they are a supplier to every high end grocery store in the area and everything is fresh and the guys are wonderful. and their chowder is terrific.

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                                                                                            jfood RE: bensmomeats Jan 2, 2009 04:58 AM

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                                                                                            A few people have raved about the sushi place in the strip mall (although the ice cream place needs improvement) and jfood has to remember about it.

                                                                                            And New Wave is jfood's go to place for fresh fish in the area. And let's not forget their cooked shrimp. Not only are they delicious but for $12-15 per pound they are a great way to start a cocktail party with some shrimp cocktail. Never any left.

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                                                                                              bensmomeats RE: jfood Jan 2, 2009 01:41 PM

                                                                                              true - the dairy inn could use an upgrade (and some 409 !).
                                                                                              meanwhile - where in the area do i go for chinese ???

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                                                                                              adamclyde RE: bensmomeats Jan 2, 2009 06:26 AM

                                                                                              I hadn't caught the kiku mentions previously... great tip. Is it only sushi? I love sushi, but the mrs. doesn't...

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                                                                                                bensmomeats RE: adamclyde Jan 2, 2009 01:42 PM

                                                                                                i think they have a whole kitchen - its a basic japanese sushi place - we order in at least once a week - they deliver quickly too.

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                                                                                              PRFoodieWannabe RE: OrganicLife Jan 2, 2009 05:11 PM

                                                                                              Tonight we went to Duo in Stamford. Truly an excellent meal. They do everything two ways and we had three excellent Duo rolls - each done two ways and then their Cooked Sushi dinner. They had been sending me emails recently with half price sushi specials - none of which were on tonight. But we thought it one of the best meals we've had recently - food, presentation and service.

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                                                                                                PBB RE: OrganicLife Jan 18, 2009 05:02 AM

                                                                                                For hounds interested in an authentic traditional Japanese sushi experience (less emphasis on crazy roll combinations) try Sazan in Ardsley. More and more japanese restaurants in NYC and the burbs are run by non-japanese asians and while these places can be okay, it's not the same as a place run and frequented by Japanese people.

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                                                                                                  Kalee RE: PBB Mar 31, 2009 11:41 AM

                                                                                                  I'll have to try Sazan. I had dinner at Sushi Mike's this weekend and I was really disappointed. It's not as good as the last time I went, admittedly some months back. The sashimi was not great and the rice in the rolls were too mushy. I was very disappointed since I thought I had found a new place.

                                                                                                  Sadly, Abis where I used to go in Mamaroneck has closed as well. Although what the new owners were thinking in buying it when three (!) Asian fusion places were opening I don't know. I will say that my parents went to Haiku last night and they loved it, even my finicky mom who typically turns her nose at non-Japanese sushi places. She said the toro was very good as was the uni.

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                                                                                                    cardiak RE: Kalee Jul 19, 2009 10:37 AM

                                                                                                    I went to Sushi Nanase for the first time last night; it lived up to the hype and then some.

                                                                                                    I am NOT a sushi snob; when I go out for sushi I'm not especially adventurous, and while I will get a mixed sushi platter on occasion, I do gravitate towards things that are more familiar to me, like tuna, salmon, and even, yes, california rolls.

                                                                                                    That said; I can and do appreciate fine food and artistry, and both are on display in that special japanese way at Sushi Nanase.

                                                                                                    There are two ways to get your money's worth when you go out to to eat and spend a decent chunk of change on dinner.

                                                                                                    On one hand, you've got something like a Churrascaria, which they need to roll me out of after surrendering to an endless stream of meat.

                                                                                                    And then there's a place like Sushi Nanase, where you get what you pay for in the meticulous labor, unbelievably fresh and authentic ingredients, and superb skills of a chef/artist.

                                                                                                    Yes, I ate a sandwich later that night because I got hungry again; but I never once felt like my money wasn't well spent.

                                                                                                    Each bite is created with the attention to detail that is typical of authentic japanese culture and food.

                                                                                                    The stories of the chef being ornery now make perfect sense to me; because if someone strolled in there, inhaled his food, and went, "dang, that there's some good sootchi!" it would be a tragedy.

                                                                                                    Anyone who enjoys sushi, can appreciate subtle flavors, and great, fresh food in general, should really take the time to go to Sushi Nanase.

                                                                                                    Just be respectful, put yourself in the chef's hands, and take the time to savor what is being done for you; and as you leave, you'll probably give the chef the same truly heartfelt thanks that the rest of my party and I did last night.

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