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One can only wonder... why on a strip of road that is no more then a mile long would a downtown area need 6...Yes 6, Asian influenced Restaurants?

Is it really necessary to have 2 sushi places (Toyo and Abis) 1 Chinese Restaurant, and 3 New Asian Bistro's in the plywood stages. With such a lack of dining options in the area for movie go'ers and locals one would think that diversity would be a good thing? Thoughts?

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  1. I know what you mean. White Plains is just as bad...Even though Mamaroneck Avenue is longer than a mile, we are getting three new Asian restaurants (one right next door to a sushi restaurant) in the next few months. This is in addition to the 4 or so that are already in town.

    1. Asian confusion, I call it...though everyone is entitled to give it a go and I do wish them well...let the Asian food wars begin!

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      1. re: gutreactions

        well put...

        1. re: kaaaassss

          Curious indeed. Are these places going to stay open late at night? Did anyone do a study on the eating habits of those in the proximity of Mamaroneck? Will the foot traffic in the day warrant all these sushi places? Did anyone take note of how well the sushi places in Harrison are doing? Is Mamaroneck poising itself to be the next mini-NY?

          Well, at least there's free parking, so that would be a boon to me.

      2. Well, one place has opened and it seems to be doing well.

        There used to be another sushi place, but it closed. Toyo seems to reign supreme. My husband and I often go to Abis when he's in the mood for Japanese, and they have a Korean-influenced part of the menu as well, so at least they seem to distinguish themselves. They also go old-school with the waitresses in kimonos and theoption to sit on the floor on mats. It's sort of cheesy, but I like it for the nostalgia angle. You don't see Japanese restaurant that do this much anymore.

        Some of the older places seem to have their niche in the neighborhood. Lum Yen seems to have a popular bar. I know guys who hang out and do their drinking there. Abis, as I mentioned, goes for the old-school charm. Haiku is already popular in its other branches.

        I would really love a Thai place in the neighborhood. I know Bangkok isn't that far off, but it would be nice to have a Thai place on the strip.

        It would also be nice to have a nice cheap and casual Italian place on the strip too (or at least one that's actually good). A simple bar and grill for casual fare would also be nice.

        1. I went to the new Haiku in Mamaroneck for lunch today. For those who, like me, have not been to the Haiku in Bronxville, it's your typical fusion-y menu. Sushi, fancy rolls, and hot food that is not quite Chinese, not quite Thai, not quite Malaysian, etc. For the time being, a sign in the window says they are serving free wine and sake, but I didn't take them up on that. I had beef with eggplant and thai basil. It was good, and the waitstaff was very eager to please. They brought me some free edamame as well.

          In general, I prefer places that serve true Chinese, Japanese and Thai food rather than fusion, but I enjoyed Haiku fine. Their hot food menu is very similar to Goldenrod, the food quality is similar or better and it's close for me. I will try them again, most probably for takeout. They also deliver.

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          1. re: Shawn

            >>Their hot food menu is very similar to Goldenrod,

            Really? Excellent, thanks for the pointer Shawn. Fujinoya was too 'authentic' for hubby, so this is good news.

            1. re: Shawn

              Delivery? That is a positive although I don't know how much different it will feel than your regular old chinese take-out for which we have about six options.

              1. re: laylag

                They deliver to Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye and Harrison. I asked them specifically about this. I think it is better than the other takeout options in the immediate area, though I'm just judging from one meal I had today. But it's less "Chinese" and more "fusion." The selection is not as vast as in a regular Chinese place, but the spicing seems a bit more careful and interesting.

            2. Is the Indian restaurant still open on Mamaroneck Avenue ?

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              1. re: Cheese Boy

                Rani Mahal -- yes.

                1. re: valerie

                  I've been wanting to go there. Thanks.

                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                    Please go CheeseBoy. They are very good but not crowded and I'm always worried they won't stay in business.

                    1. re: laylag

                      Another vote for Rani Mahal here. Great place and the staff is wonderful. Although my husband and I give a lot of repeat business to the restaurants on the strip (We live in the neighborhood and most nights prefer not to have to drive anywhere), Rani Mahal is the only place where we are recognized as regulars and the owner tries to remember our names. The lack of crowds concerns me.

                      1. re: Avalondaughter

                        Agreed on Rani Mahal. The staff is great and we really like the food. I really don't know how they're making it though. We were there last Saturday from about 5-6:30 pm. Granted, not peak dinner time on a Saturday, but we were the only table there. They were doing a bit of takeout business, but the emptiness was troubling to me. The only time I have ever seen it bustling is lunchtime, but even then it's pretty sporadic. I do hope they stay in business.

                        1. re: Shawn

                          I have mentioned this before, but we often get take out from Rani Mahal. When we call in the order, the guy on the phone knows us and is as nice as can be. Generally my husband goes at around 6:00 on Sundays and always comes home saying that the place was empty. The food is good and I'm always worried that one time the phone will be disconnected.

                      2. re: laylag

                        Rani Mahal has its fans -- that's great...!
                        What do you recommend I get? I'll go very soon -- I have a craving.

                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                          I had nothing prepared for dinner last night and when my husband got home, he said "how about indian tonight?"

                          So we had our usual -- chicken tikka with masala sauce on the side and garlic naan. The portions are pretty generous. For the 2 of us, we only get 1 order of chicken, plus rice and 2 naans. We are big eaters and it is enough for us.

                          It was good. I just wish the place was in a better location. I'm sure nobody ever just wanders in because they don't know that it's there.

                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                            I agree that the chicken tikka is excellent but almost everything we've had there has been delicious so it's hard to pick out one special thing. We try to get something different every time and still get a favorite also and always want appetizers, entrees, breads etc. and it's more than we should or can eat - it's a challenge. Cheeseboy, I'd suggest you order something you know you like elsewhere and then try something new and different. Can't wait to hear your thoughts after you go.

                  2. We say the same thing about Bronxville. We have two Asian fusion restaurants (Haiku and Wild Ginger), one sit-down Chinese (Calvin's on Palmer), one take out Chinese with a seating area (Hunam II), and one Japanese restaurant (on Palmer though the name escapes me at the moment). Bronxville is only 1 mile square...

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                    1. re: roxlet

                      I forgot three other asian restaurants in white plains. Aberdeen and the escapes me but it is on hamilton by the motor vehicle bureau and they cook at the table and the new one on westchester avenue by stop and shop

                      1. re: kaaaassss

                        Bao's (chinese), although I don't think that they have hibachi? And the new one by Stop & Shop is Hito Asian Bistro. We ate there the other night. It was good, not great.

                        1. re: valerie

                          You could also add Noda's for hibachi and sushi in the old mall and, of course, the Korean market Kam Sen that offers all sorts of Asian prepared foods as well...There's more on the Central Ave. side of White Plains.
                          There also has been plenty of talk about a new upscale Japanese Restaurant coming to town too by virtue of Cappelli...

                          1. re: gutreactions

                            It's just so insane....White Plains really could use a good seafood restaurant

                            1. re: gutreactions

                              Nobu style restaurant accoss from the Ritz in the small glass building; maybe even "Nobu White Plains". another high price restaurant like the other two in the Ritz.

                            2. re: valerie

                              Dont Forget. You have Asian Tempation next to the Movie Theater and P.F. Changs is right across from Hito Asian Bistro

                              1. re: FoodE4Thought

                                I forgot all about PF Changs... How many Asian restaurants does that make.

                                Noda, Aberdeen, PF Changs, Seasons, Asian Temptation, David KIngs, Soma, Haiku, the new one on Westchester Ave, the new Capelli one on Main Street, - which ones did i leave out..

                                1. re: kaaaassss

                                  A lot. But the key point of course is that only a couple of those are actually any good.

                                  And back to the original post, the problem isn't that there's so many asian restaurants, it's that so few of them are actually good. And pan-Asian food is usually just a creative way to hide mediocre Asian food under the auspices of fusion. Because if it's "fusion" you can dumb it all down to the point where it bears little resemplance to Asian food in the first place...

                                  I would love for Mamaroneck to be Chinatown if only it had the quality of Chinatown!

                                  1. re: adamclyde

                                    Well said Adam.

                                    But have to add that as a resident of Mamaroneck, I crave diversity at a reasonable/moderate price point for everyday dinners. But if another town nearby would like to be Chinatown (or Flushing) with quality restaurants, I'm all for that.

                                    1. re: laylag

                                      White Plains and Mamaroneck are so close to each other and between both places, we are one big chinatown.... I would love to see more diversity myself. a nice moderate priced french bistro, a good seafood restaurant, a pub that actually has good burgers and bar food...

                            3. re: kaaaassss

                              Noda's Japanese Steakhouse is on Hamilton

                              1. re: chowdom

                                that's the one - Noda's

                          2. Mamaroneck is nuts, I love Toyo and worry that all these new entrants will put downward pressure on Toyo's profitability :(

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                            1. re: mrgaga

                              Have had a couple of not so good experiences at Toyo a few months back (including not fresh tuna in a tuna roll) and have heard similar from others. Don't know if you've been lately mrgaga but imo not so impressive anymore.

                              1. re: laylag

                                I have never been a fan of Toyo, but decided to give it another try recently and got some takeout. The fish was so "chewy" and disgusting that I ended up throwing almost half of it out. Never again.

                                1. re: Shawn

                                  I don't like eating there because the fish stink when you walk in is just unbearable. I don't eat sushi and eat kitchen entrees when I go to Japanese restaurants, but it's hard to eat that there because the place just smells.