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Azuma Sushi in Hartsdale

Yaz27 May 9, 2008 02:45 PM

I have reservations for this weekend at Azuma in Hartsdale. Is it worth what I hear are expensive prices? If not, other sushi recommendations in Westchester? Thanks!

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    5pmshadow RE: Yaz27 May 9, 2008 05:58 PM

    i ate there a couple of years ago. i am a big eater, and to get full at this place you better open your wallet. the other thing is that for the price the sushi wasn't all that wonderful or different from anywhere else i have been in westchester. about the best i have been to as far as bang for the buck is sushi mike's. plus it creative, fun, and very fast. also icki riki for udon, and although i didn't think it was all that great, people seem to love sushi man in ardsley.

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      pabboy RE: 5pmshadow May 11, 2008 09:46 AM

      Azuma is one of the top sushi restaurant in Westchester. Their fish is fresh and quality is excellent. Their portions are authentic which means bite size. The knife work of the sushi chef is masterful. Add it all up, they are pricey. You get what you paid for. Sushi Mike, Ichi Riki and Sushi Man are your average neighborhood Japanese joints. Some are actually run by Chinese or Koreans.

      For Westchester sushi, my top vote goes to Sushi Nanase in White Plains, followed by Azuma and Sazan in Ardsley.

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        5pmshadow RE: pabboy May 11, 2008 11:10 AM

        i have eaten in some pricey places, but IMO azuma just isn't worth it. and i have seen much more artful and masterful work in much more reasonably priced restaurants in NYC. i have heard nanase is great but again 375 for two......thats alot of loot to throw a couple of gold flecks on some hamachi.

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          pabboy RE: 5pmshadow May 11, 2008 02:02 PM

          375? I had the omakase and sake for 2 for under 300. How did you manage 375?

          Yes I agree there are much better places in the city but this is Westchster we are talking about. I like authentic Japanese so the likes of Yasuda, Gari or Blue Ribbon are my choices. And when I look for creativity, I'd much rather have Morimoto or Nobu do it for me than Sushi Mike.

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            bearmi RE: pabboy May 11, 2008 04:46 PM

            How much is it per person (including tax and tip) at Azuma? I have it on my list of "places to go" for almost 8 or 9 years but still haven't made it there because I heard their service was a little problematic so I wasn't going to spend a bundle on that. However, it is located right here in Westchester so that's definitely a plus.

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            dolores RE: 5pmshadow May 12, 2008 09:18 AM

            >>again 375 for two......

            Sorry, but WHAT?

            Are they out of their minds?

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        PlasticMoonRain RE: Yaz27 May 9, 2008 07:29 PM

        I went there once and found it completely overrated. The buzz is they are not keen on children eating there either.

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          raider RE: PlasticMoonRain May 12, 2008 06:20 AM

          azuma is good. that's it, good. as in not great, not bad. i especially like it for take out. i like sushi mike's better, but that's just a personal preference. sushi nanase is the best, by far, but its a once or twice a year place for me, due to the cost.

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            dolores RE: raider May 12, 2008 09:19 AM

            >>azuma is good. that's it, good. as in not great, not bad.

            I agree. I like Kira Sushi in Armonk and Toyo in Mamaroneck.

            >>due to the cost.

            I'll say. $375. for two, what a hoot!

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              raider RE: dolores May 12, 2008 11:13 AM

              that's on the high end. i've eaten there for less than $200. for two people. still expensive, but we substitute beer for saki, to keep the cost down.

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                jeanki RE: raider May 12, 2008 12:00 PM

                $100 a person still seems somewhat exorbitant for what sounds like fairly standard sushi. You can get a heavenly omakase for that price at Sushi of Gari in Manhattan (sans drinks but still). What did you get for that price?

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                  Marge RE: jeanki May 12, 2008 03:09 PM

                  Previous thread describing the omakase at Sushi Nanase.
                  As I read the poster who quoted $375 for two, it seems that he/she has not been there, but "heard" it was great. Amazing (not at all standard) sushi for two plus drinks runs about $200...as raider said, still expensive, but on a par with Yasuda IMO, and easier to get to (and park at!) from Westchester.

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                    pabboy RE: Marge May 12, 2008 04:13 PM

                    I spent around $275 for omakase for 2 + drinks and it was well worth it! It's not just the sushi, it's also the presentation, the service, the ambiance. It was almost more like a kaiseki than an omakase.

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                      jeanki RE: Marge May 12, 2008 08:07 PM

                      i was talking about azuma, not nanase which does seem like a special place

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                Shawn RE: raider May 20, 2008 03:55 AM

                I agree. Azuma is good, but not great. It doesn't compare with Sushi Nanase, which is in another league compared with anything else in Westchester. Nanase is expensive, but I have never left there feeling like I didn't get my money's worth. If you don't want to splurge for the omakase, their $45 deluxe sushi or sashimi assortments are excellent.

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              mwatsonny RE: Yaz27 Apr 24, 2009 06:00 PM

              It really depends on what you're looking for. The sushi isn't all that great - you'd be better off going up the street and dropping $70.00 at E Sushi. However, if you want the whole omakase, maybe that's better. My husband and I went to Azuma to celebrate the closing on our house as a special treat - and we walked away sorely disappointed (and hungry!)

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