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Aug 17, 2007 10:21 AM

Favorite Sushi -- Westchester

I'm curious to know everyone's favorite sushi restaurants in Westchester. My two picks are:

Mike's Sushi, Dobbs Ferry (new favorite) -- Gets very busy, but the sushi (particularly the special rolls) is the best I've had in Westchester thus far.

Kira Sushi, Armonk -- I've been going to Kira for years, and the sushi has been consistently good. I have also found that the daily special fish have been very fresh and good. Recently, though, they have raised the menu prices and I think Mike's tends to have better quality fish.

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  1. Reviewing these boards, the elite sushi place seems to be Sushi Nanase in White Plains followed by Azuma in Hartsdale. For above average neighborhood sushi, I hear Toyo in Mamaroneck is good as well.

    I've also liked Kazu in Hartsdale for well priced but still very fresh sushi. Even though Asian Temptation is Chinese owned, their sushi has been surprisingly fresh and they have inventive rolls. Haven't been to other places in the area yet except Seasons in White Plains which is just OK.

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    1. re: jeanki

      I don't have much to compare it to in terms of Westchester places, since we only moved from Manhattan 2 months ago. But, we have been to Toyo and really enjoyed it. I'm interested in trying Azuma and Sushi Mike's.

      1. re: jeanki

        I am sorry to see that Kazu is closed, and a new name ESushi is listed as coming. Anyone have any 411 on if it is reopening somewhere else? Sushi was quite good, but the location was not so great. Bad parking.

      2. Sushi Nanase is my favorite by far. It's in a totally different class than other Westchester places.

        For less expensive places, I like Azuma and Sushi Mike's. I know others here disagree with me, but I think Toyo is better for crazy rolls and such than it is for straight sushi or sashimi.

        1. I like Haiku in Bronxville.... how does it compare to Nanese and Azuma?

          1. I haven't been to Nanase, wasn't too impressed with Azuma the one time I tried it. I give props to Sazan in Ardsley for the best traditional sushi I've had in Westchester.

            1. You're not gonna like this answer. But, you have to try the sushi from, uh, well, here it comes, Frank's Steakhouse in Rye Brook.

              Seems as if they got their hands on a few Nobu guys and, for lack of a better word, “Manhattanized” the place. I was blown away with the creations.

              Problem though, you'll notice they're not mentioned in my "Finding Great Steaks in Westchester" post. It's cause while the sushi is out of control, the steaks are, well, better left in the fridge and left off of the grill.

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              1. re: billyparsons

                I really like Kira in Armonk (the one in Greenwich is good as well.) and Ace Sushi is fabulous. I've been to Sushi Nananse and thought the fish was fresh - very traditional and not very creative.

                1. re: KarenNYC

                  I don't care much for "inventive" or "creative" when it comes to sushi. I want high quality fish sliced by a traditionally trained professional sushi chef that cares. So here's my list:

                  1) Nanase
                  2) Azuma
                  3) Sazan

                  Kira, Kazu, Mike are Korean or Chinese owned and operated.

                  1. re: pabboy

                    I'm in the traditional camp as well. I've never eaten at Sazan, but IMO, there's a huge qualitative difference between Nanase, Azuma and the other places I've been to in Westchester.

                    I don't dislike the creative rolls, but it's obvious that the lesser quality of the fish is being masked by sauces, etc. To me, the straight sushi or sashimi at a place like Toyo is practically inedible. The fish at Nanase melts like butter in the mouth. There is a reason for the vast price differential.

                    1. re: Shawn

                      I agree, the places that emphasize their "creative" rolls are frequently masking the quality of the fish. But I think there can be exceptions, I think sushi mike's, known for their creative rolls, also tends to have good quality traditional sushi. Although, the quality of the fish at Mike's certainly doesn't rival much of the sushi I have had in the city.

                      I tend to like ordering some of the more exotic pieces a la carte, what are the prices like at Azuma and Nanase?

                      1. re: tarantula142

                        It's been a while since I've been to either places so please correct me if I'm wrong. Azuma is about the same price as a mid to high quality sushi in the city. Omakase at Nanase was $85.

                    2. re: pabboy

                      I thought the sushi chef at Kazu had a Japanese name?

                      1. re: jeanki

                        Maybe but the two times I've been there, the hostess, waitress and sushi chef all spoke Mandarin to each other.

                  2. re: billyparsons

                    I'm not a sushi eater, but we went to Frank's once and my husband said their tri-color roll was the best sushi he ever had. When we lived in northern Westchester, he used to like Hanada Sushi in Yorktown.

                    1. re: shellyesq

                      I second Kira Sushi and Toyo. Azuma is not on par with either, imo.

                      Wow, I'll have to quit throwing out the circular coupons for Frank's Steak and Sushi. That combination didn't seem to make sense, so I had tried neither.