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New Japanese in Mamaroneck...and Haiku!

I noticed today a sign saying a new restaurant is opening on Mam'k Avenue, it said Sushi or hibachi or something (not sure, but definitely sushi) near the railroad station, almost across the road from Abis. And right next to the CVS we saw a sign today advertising the opening of HAIKU - the same as the one in Bronxville!

I'm not a huge sushi fan and there is already WAY TOO MUCH sushi in that 3 block stretch of Mamaroneck, but I do like Haiku a lot.

Anyone heard about this?!

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  1. Yes, I asked here if Haiku in Bronxville was a good sushi place, after I saw the same sign on Saturday.

    One of my favorites is Toyo, and I was wondering how Haiku compared.

    1. No info on Haiku uberkelly - haven't noticed but will take a look. However, just wanted to add that I totally agree with you about the quantity of sushi/Japanese restaurants on that strip of Mamaroneck Ave and as I'm not a huge sushi fan either, I think there's just way too much sushi in Westchester altogether...especially when compared to a dearth of so many other cuisine options.

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      1. re: laylag

        I think there is a big Japanese expat community here.

        1. re: doc_k55

          Yes, doc there is, quite a large one. Still, I think there are as many Japanese restaurants as there are expats. It's disproportionate.

      2. Mamaroneck Ave. has Abis, Toyo, Nara, and now TWO new places coming. I agree. I'd like to see some other cuisines. I don't like sushi. I am that pathetic loser who goes into Japanese restaurants and eats the Americanized teriyaki dishes or a bowl of soba noodles.

        What is the already existing Haiku like? The sign on the window where they're sticking it says, "Asian Bistro". Does it have a wide variety of selections other than sushi?

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        1. re: Avalondaughter

          Avalon - Ha, that's me too. I actually like Toyo because they have some really good noodle soups. There are way, way too many Japanese places there. It's just ridiculous.

          I was excited when Rani Mahal opened because we needed an Indian place. Now I'd like a Thai place. I'd trade 3 sushi places for one Thai.
          Or you know what else we need...How about a pub! Duck Inn doesn't cut it.

          Off topic.. anyone know anything about that abandoned bar on Mam'k Ave? Think it had a sign that said something "Haus". Looked German. It's been sitting there empty a long time.

          I've been to Haiku in Bronxville twice and it may be a bit on the pricey side but my food was delicious. They have way more than sushi - I got a yummy Malaysian curry there.

          Also - heard a Starbucks is opening right next to Sal's.

          1. re: uberkelly

            Oh rats. That place with the drop dead gorgeous stained glass windows is empty??? Please don't tell me that Sal will buy it and tear out the windows.

            1. re: dolores

              Actually, that place with the stained glass windows is not next to Sal's - several stores down. It was some "haus" thing, I presume a german restaurant which would have been a nice alternative on occassion but has been closed for the 2 1/2 years we've lived here. Anyway, as you probably know, Sal opened a gelateria (pricey and not that good) on the east side of his store next to Cafe Mozart. Now, the store on the other side is being worked on. I had presumed, very possibly mistakenly, that Sal was going to expand the pizzeria there but uberkelly's info is that it's a Starbucks. I guess the one on Boston Post Road next to Mamaroneck High School and the one on Palmer Ave in Larchmont and the one on Purchase in Rye - all within a few miles of each other, are just not enough. More Starbucks, more sushi - Oy! I'd give anything for a Thai or Korean or just about anything except another Japanese.

              1. re: laylag

                laylag - thanks for the info. I could be wrong about the Starbucks (hopefully) - I just overheard someone on the street saying it.

                The sign on the sushi place said Sushi Bar Japanese Bistro. Or was it Asian bistro? Argh, I made a point to remember what it said but I forgot....

                1. re: uberkelly

                  Also, Turkish Meze bought the place next to it and is expanding. This is for sure. :)

                  1. re: uberkelly

                    That is great news uberkelly. Love Meze and it would be nice to have more room in there - kind of squishy and often very crowded.

                2. re: laylag

                  Starbucks was slated to open there in the space next to Sal's. It is not a done deal yet, there has been a lot of back and forth.

                  1. re: momof3

                    Oh please no! We have an independent coffe shop right next store. What do we need Starbucks for??????

                    I hate the way chains are slowly seeping their way into Mamaroneck Ave, - one of the last few bastions of non-upscale Mom and Pop places in suburbia.

                    Starbucks can never have enough stores. Even in other countries they multiply like rabbits. Go to the Charing Cross station in London and you will find three Starbucks all on the same side street with another one right around the block on The Strand.

                    1. re: Avalondaughter

                      I agree avalon - the mom and popness of Mamaroneck Ave was one of the things that endeared me to the neighborhood when we were moving up here. Then Cold Stone came and several stores have closed. I don't like it one bit. As for Cafe Mozart being so close to that space, I hope that the fact that they are a regular restaurant and more than a coffee shop should help them. But they do a decent amount of just coffee and dessert business especially in the later evenings and I hate to see Starbuck's encroaching.

                      1. re: Avalondaughter

                        I still love Mamaroneck and think we have a great variety of decent restaurants. Just think - we have Italian, Mexican, Moroccan, Japanese, French, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Turkish and hotdogs and great pizza all within a small area. I still think that's pretty good!

                        Thanks for the info on the Hofbrau. I always wondered about it.

                        I think Cold Stone is gone - right next to the movie theatre, right? Pretty sure it's gone.

                        I was also really sad to see Mamaroneck Farm go.. they had the best selection of cheap herbs and international chocolate!

                        Does anyone here go to the Tea House? It always seems empty and I wonder how it stays open. I went once and it was pleasant and the food was good, but it was pricey.

                        1. re: uberkelly

                          I've been to the Tea House a few times just for a light lunch wtih friends and once or twice for dessert. I think the desserts are great and I love the iced coffee with ice cream on a hot day. I hope they make it.

                          That Cold Stone has been gone for a few weeks now. I wonder what happened there. It always looked crowded.

                          1. re: Avalondaughter

                            uberkelly, I was also surprised, nay, blown away, by Mamaroneck Farms leaving town.

                            I was happy with Haagen Daz and wouldn't step foot in a Cold Stone, so I wasn't unhappy to see it go.

                            On a store that should in no way have been chosen as the 'best', has anyone been to Chocolations? I found their truffles dreadful, but they were recently voted 'the best truffle'!

                            I for one hope Le Provencal never ever leaves.

                            1. re: dolores

                              I was told Mamaroneck Farms left because their rent was too high - something like 10k a month.

                              Payless Shoes is also closing.

                              The owner of the former Hofbrau place just doesn't want to give it up.

                              I got this info after chatting with a merchant. :)

                              And Turkish Meze is officially expanded!

                              Also, check out the Cave wine place on Mam'k Ave if you haven't already. They have free wine tastings on Sat at 1pm.

                              1. re: uberkelly

                                Darn, I liked Payless.

                                Thanks, uberkelly, I'll stop in Cave next time I'm on the Ave.

                    2. re: laylag

                      It was called Jos. Huber's Hofbrau and I don't know if I have ever seen in open. I've lived in the neighborhood for over 6 years now.

                      1. re: Avalondaughter

                        That was it, thanks Avalondaughter. I am sorry I never got to see how those stained glass windows looked from the inside.

                        I still haven't tried Piccolo Mulino yet, although I did find it at least.

                        I too wasn't happy when Cold Stone came in (did they since leave?) nor when A&J took over Mercurio. I am always happy to see the lack of a line inside that new store, since Mercurio always packed them to the rafters.

                        It's sad that Mamaroneck is going the way of White Plains.

                        There's still Larchmont and Rye, though, isn't there?

                        1. re: dolores

                          There is still Larchmont and Rye if you want snooty, upper-crust Mother and Father places, but Mamaroneck has the Mom 'n' Pop for the common folk.

                          1. re: Avalondaughter

                            Me, want snooty? Hoo boy, heck no. We don't get much to either town, actually.

              2. Yes, you are correct. I don't know when they plan to have their grand opening, but so much construction is going on inside and it looks like it'll be a really nice place. The address is 265 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.

                1. Does anyone know what happened to Haiku in Mamaroneck? I was excited to try it and assumed that it would be opening any day since there has been work going on for a while. My husband passed by the other day and told me that there was a 'For Rent' sign outside. As of last week, the other place slated to open over there, Umami, hadn't opened either. Weird.

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                  1. re: valerie

                    Saw that too Valerie but not sure the For Rent sign applies to the Haiku space as there are several spaces nearby it that are vacant. From what I can see through the boards, the Haiku sign is up and a significant amount of work has been done. I'd heard that Umami has legal troubles over the use of the name.

                    1. re: laylag

                      Haiku is slated to open very soon. They are also opening one in White Plains on Mamaroneck Avenue. White Plains also has way too many Asain restaurants. There are three new ones slated to open including Hauiku..

                      1. re: kaaaassss

                        Both Mamaroneck and White Plains are listed on the Haiku website. No openning dates.

                        http://haikuasianbistro.com

                        1. re: debmom

                          Yes, I saw them listed, but it just seems strange to me that they have been working for so many months and it hasn't opened.