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Dim Sum Diva Jun 5, 2008 11:06 AM

Sign out front on Westchester Ave. (former Finn McCool's) now says "Grand Opening". I haven't stopped to run and look at the menu but does anyone know anything more about this place, such as what it will serve (besides sushi) and when it will be opening?

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    Westjanie Jul 4, 2008 07:45 AM

    We tried this place this week for the first time and were quite pleased. My husband started off planning to order sushi, but then decided on the main course tempura. After debating with myself for quite a while, I decided on the beef with black pepper sauce, tho I was sorely tempted to try out one of the Malaysian or other south Asian dishes. We shared spicy dumplings to start (plus the gratis celery sticks in spicy sauce.) The portions were quite large: we took home some leftovers. The "spicy" dishes WERE somewhat spicy, you knew the spice was there, but it was far from overwhelming. The beef came on a good sized bed of steamed baby bok choy -- it was chuncks of beef rather than slices. The tempura was well done, but we both agreed afterwards that, because the portion was large, it was too much fried food for one person (at least for one of us) in one meal. Another time we would probably try an appetizer portion or, at least, plan to share half and half (or more, with a group.) Cannot, of course, speak to the quality of the sushi, but I was concerned that, at least the evening we were there, the place was mostly empty and, unless they're doing more business at other times (and we did see some take-out business going on), they might have some trouble maintaining the freshness.

    The staff were very charming and efficient (tho of course, in terms of efficiency, there were not a lot of other customers -- don't know how they are or will be when crowded, which I hope they will be, up to a point, because I'd like them to be there a while. Just don't want to have to fight to be able to get in!)

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      lenally78 Jul 4, 2008 09:05 AM

      With the onset of spring and summer the craving for fresh, delicious sushi has become a weekly habit. We have been all over Westchester and Southern CT experiencing as many intriguing spots as we could find. After some favorites, and some not-so-special meals we decided to give Hito a try after their opening in WP. It was the beginning of a holiday weekend, and we thought we had a fun sushi dinner ahead. As we walked in and saw mostly empty tables (two other patrons), an unstocked bar (no liquor license yet), unatmospheric lighting and decor (elevator music - Delilah), we at least hoped the meal would make up for it. After ordering our drinks, a group of young women came in to check out the scene. As soon as they were shown to their table they decided to leave. It was just that quiet. We were served the spicy celery dish that everyone has described. Tasty, but nothing to rave about. A garden salad followed (bowl of compressed lettuce with chunky ginger dressing). Then the sushi arrived. The rolls were not prepared as well as they could have been, many pieces fell apart. Brown rice was undercooked, and spicy crunchy rolls lacked spice and crunch. Yes, the staff was attentive for most of the meal (by the time our entrees came we were the only party left). For whatever reason, after presenting us our check, the entire staff decided to sit at a table in the adjacent room while we waited for change at least 10 minutes. They did continue the 10% off promotion which was a nice gesture. They did provide the traditional orange slices, and hand towel (though I do enjoy it more warm). Overall, nothing really encouraged us to return. We wish them well, but unless some dramatic change and convincing takes place, we do not plan to visit again anytime soon.

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        wplady Jul 17, 2008 07:10 PM

        Had the Bento Box lunch there last week. It was excellent and a bargain at $9.95. Would definitely go back.

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          dhammer53 Aug 24, 2008 12:13 PM

          My family (of 4) went to Hito on Friday night.
          Free parking is a plus. BYO (no corkage) is a plus (until they get their liquor license).

          I have to say that for a plain looking, nothing special, I wouldn't go there for an occassion place, the food was surprisingly good... and cheap. Average of $16 per person. That was with just one appetizer, and no drinks.

          My wife ordered the Udon. She was expecting the soup version, but received the noodle-only version instead.

          I ordered the Pad Thai. I use this dish as my 'base dish' when trying new Thai places. It was just as good as Sripraphai.

          My son ordered the sweet potato roll and the Chanukah roll. Stupid name, good roll!

          My daughter had the combo, 3 roll deal.

          For the price, you can't beat this place. The only thing I didn't like was the menu. A page of Chinese, a page of sushi, a page of Thai, if you know what I mean. <may be more than 1 page>

          At 6:00, Hito was 25% full. I hope they make it. The food was good. I'll be back.

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            dhammer53 Nov 18, 2008 06:42 PM

            Did take-out last weekend. This time, the Pad Thai tasted like cardboard.

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              Dim Sum Diva Jul 5, 2009 07:18 AM

              Once again the "Grand Opening" banner is outside of Hito. Apparently they just completed a renovation (!) and there is partial new ownership. It's a little darker and more Japanese looking (but let's face it, anything is an improvement from the look of the old Finn's!) It also appears that they now have a liquor license. The menu is still the same. No more celery "amuse bouche".

              I still like this place as a reliable neighborhood Asian food joint. The food is consistent and not outrageously priced. And there is something to be said for free parking in that area of WP.

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                lucyis Dec 26, 2009 10:55 AM

                Did they close? We went past yesterday and a few days ago and it was dark.

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                  valerie Dec 26, 2009 03:51 PM

                  I could be wrong, but as we passed last week, I think I saw a sign that said that they moved. Not sure where as we were going to fast, but if I had to guess what the sign said, I'd say somewhere in White Plains.

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                    Dim Sum Diva Dec 27, 2009 01:57 PM

                    I had heard, but did not personally confirm, that Hito is now working out of the store front on Mamaroneck Avenue that used to be David King (near Post Road). Same Hito menu.

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                      lucyis Dec 28, 2009 05:59 AM

                      Thanks for the 411. i didn't even know that David King was gone. I wonder what will happen to the property Hito just left. These restaurants are like hermit crab shells!

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                        debmom Jan 18, 2010 02:37 PM

                        Drove passed today and saw a large "For Rent" sign in the Hito Restaurant across from the mall.

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                          kaaaassss Jan 18, 2010 06:40 PM

                          I passed David KIng's last week and could swear that it was still there. I did notice the for rent sign on Monday by Hito while I was waiting for my car at the chrysler dealership. I think it was a bad location

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                    yeshana Jan 18, 2010 02:49 PM

                    I can't find threads I thought I saw months ago about a new reasonable priced sushi place in WP? I've done searches on CH, to no avail. was it Hito? I went to Haiku last week and it was delicious but the portions were absurdly small, and overpriced. wouldn't even give me rice with a sashimi lunch! I think it was only 6 pieces of fish- we left hungry and debated going to MELT for a sandwich. Any lower cost decent sushi?

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                      Dim Sum Diva Jan 19, 2010 05:11 AM

                      Maybe you were thinking of Juicy Sushi on Main St.-- but I think it has since closed.

                      I have never been disappointed by the sushi @ Seasons on Mam Ave. I also like Corner Sushi in the Westchester Pavillion (where Daffy's is), although I think their prices are getting kind of steep.

                      Has anyone tried Tak'e Sushi, near the Korean Market by the "old" CVS on Mam Ave.?

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          Shawn Jul 3, 2008 04:51 PM

          We had an early dinner there tonight. I liked it a lot. We started out with an order of tempura squid. It was very light, not greasy and came with a slightly spicy mango peppercorn sauce. Very nice. We also had one of the unfortunately named Chanukah rolls, because we felt we "had to." It was quite good. No cream cheese, and if there was mayo, it was very light. The fish was very good and fresh and the flavors went well together. It put the special rolls at a place like Toyo to shame, the fish was so much fresher and better.

          For entrees, I had the peppercorn chicken and my husband had the green beans with pork and garlic sauce. Both were good-- the dishes reminded me of what you get at Golden Rod in New Rochelle, but with larger portions. They were above average in terms of what you'd get at a neighborhood place, but not up to the quality of Aberdeen, in my opinion. The service was very friendly and they tried hard to please.

          All in all, it was a very nice dining experience. I will definitely return. They don't have a liquor license yet, but we brought our own wine. The bill came to $43 plus tip, which we thought was quite reasonable for the amount and quality of the food. Next time I go I will probably stick more to the Japanese side of the menu.

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            MammasCookin Jul 1, 2008 07:13 PM

            By all means DON'T drive passed Hito again! Treat yourself to a wonderful meal. Host Thomas and his staff will welcome you warmly. Chef Tony (formerly of Nobu) will create some of the best sushi dishes you've ever experienced. Try the Black Peppered Tuna Salad. You'll be sorry they don't serve bread to lap up every last drop of the dressing. Enjoy Rock Shrimp Tempura for 1/3 of the price of Nobu. You don't have to travel to Manhattan for a first class dining experience.

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              anchovy Jun 16, 2008 06:22 PM

              Ate there last Thursday. Enjoyed the sushi and the chinese entrees were decent. However, I got a really bad headache an hour or so later. Giving it the benefit of the doubt, I had some leftovers the next night and same reaction. It has been a while since I have had to say, "no MSG". I wonder if anyone had a similar reaction?? I am rooting for the place to be good - I hope my headaches were from something else.

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                Dim Sum Diva Jun 17, 2008 06:24 AM

                Momof3: It's funny you should mention the Chanukah roll because everyone who picked up the menu within hearing distance seemed to zone in on that. I think they are just catering (pandering?) to their audience. I personally never pay any attention to sushi with cream cheese or mayo in it, it just goes against the grain.

                Anchovy: we had the Chinese, and I am very sensitive to MSG and did not get a headache that night. But who knows, may be worth asking about next time, they seem willing to please. I'm rooting for this place to be good to, and want to try out their lunch menu.

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                  lucyis Jun 24, 2008 02:09 PM

                  DH and I tried it out last night for a quick dinner. they were very accomodating and eager to please. We didn't even ask and they took 10% off the bill as a grand opening promotion. As dimsum said, the decor is way brighter and more pleasant than the previous bar. They still need to fix up that parking lot, but free parking in White plains is too good to complain about. We loved the celery appetizer and wished we had more of it. Mr is had seafood in a spicy sauce and wonton soup. the wontons looked handmade and tender. i stated with the chicken satay which was two skewere of chicken in a thai type of marinade. It was spicy but pleasantly so, not too hot. I went on to the house special udon noodles. There was a great big dish of the fat slippery noodles in a light sauce and loads of shrimp chicken and pork.
                  We did not have dessert but the next table looked happy with their fried ice cream and green tea ice cream.
                  The tab was about thirty dollars less our little discount. I would not hesitate to try it again and I am looking forward to going one day for lunch since the menu promises soup or sald and rice plus an entree for 6.95-10.95, or 9.95 for a bento box with miso soup, california roll and shumai and rice plus entree.
                  I still would love to know the story behind the distressingly named Chanukah roll, but the waitresse were so polite and obsequious I didn't want to upset them.

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                    Shawn Jun 24, 2008 02:14 PM

                    Do they serve wine/beer there?

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                      lucyis Jun 24, 2008 02:16 PM

                      Good question...they are still waiting for their liquor license.

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                        dolores Jun 24, 2008 05:29 PM

                        So it's a BYOB?

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                          Dim Sum Diva Jun 25, 2008 10:33 AM

                          Dolores, they have a rather large bar, I'm betting they'll be serving up some sake & frou frou drinks in no time!

                          Lucy, I'm a little jealous of your discount!

              2. momof3 Jun 16, 2008 05:06 PM

                I haven't been here yet, but I did receive the mailer with the take out menu on it. Under the chef's special rolls there was one called "Channukah Roll" which consisted partially of smoked salmon. I am not one for political correctness but I am still baffled by this choice of names. Maybe if it was a latke (potato pancake) roll....but smoked salmon? That isn't even a traditional Channukah food!

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                  Kobe Jun 7, 2008 03:37 PM

                  We ate their last night and really enjoyed it. The service was very attentive, the prices are reasonable, and it was delicious. The menu is Chinese and Japanese, I had udon noodles that were excellent.

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                    Dim Sum Diva Jun 15, 2008 05:04 PM

                    Finally went on Friday night. Ditto what Kobe says. We started with the seafood/egg drop soup. It was tasty, but I think the only seafood was the surimi (fake crab). Then for the table we had shrimp lo mein (good, did not taste like the bottom of an old wok like at some places, very generous with the shrimp), sesame chicken (good but not out of the ordinary) and a chicken-shrimp Indonesian samba (made with shrimp paste), very tasty, generous serving.

                    Service was very solicitous, and we were served complimentary marinated celery (like a spicy mustard type of sauce) and edaname. Other diners seemed to really enjoy their meals, saw some good looking appetizers. They have a full sushi menu, nice lunch menu and a whole range of Asian hot dishes from samba to curry to teriyaki. Reminded me of Water Moon, but more low key and less pricey.

                    I was very much amused by how much the place has changed from its Finn McCool days-- so bright and clean, barely recognizable.

                    I bet an assertive Chowhounder could talk the owner into serving Pho, they seemed very willing to please!

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                      CeeBee Aug 4, 2008 04:46 AM

                      I implore all chowhounds that go to ask them about serving Pho! I feel a summer cold coming on and all I can think about is how good some Pho would be right now.
                      Were there any Vietnamese dishes on the menu?

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