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Nov 11, 2010 05:26 AM

Asagao Sushi in Croton

Passed by yesterday and noticed it (finally) seems to be open for business...anyone blaze the trail yet?

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  1. my 13yo son went yesterday and declared it "gourmet"...with the other gourmet restaurant in town being samurai. :^)

    He was so excited, I think I've got a chowhounder in training on my hands...

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    1. re: vinouspleasure

      Cute, thanks! Has your son been to Fuji Yama Sushi in Briarcliff (which I think is the best sushi in the area)? If so, how did it compare to Asagao? I'll have to try Asagao soon...

      Yama Sushi
      1914 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

      1. re: Marge

        yes, he's been to yama and sushi mike's in dobbs ferry...but we're waiting until he's older before introducing him to raw fish. So he generally orders tempura, pork katsu or sometimes an udon noodle soup with tempura. One of his friends has spent a lot of time in japan with his family and he declared the sushi inedible...probably a more trustworthy review than my son's but we're still working with 13 year olds.

        I like hanada in pleasantville but I agree, yama is best in the area.

        1. re: vinouspleasure

          The basic rolls at Neo in Mt. Kisco are very good-- I wonder how the special rolls measure up to Yama Fuji (which we love).

          Yama Fuji
          1914 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

            I really like the sushi at Neo in Mt Kisco too. And Hirame in Yorktown Heights is quite good, too--and Okinawa in YH is pretty good. And Blue in Kisco isn't bad...

            So, as much as Croton is totally desperate for new restaurants, sushi isn't really what we need. Maybe Anton's restaurant will be better than the unfortunate signage makes one think...

            1. re: dma1250

              Anton's will only be open for breakfast and lunch (and yes, it doesn't look like a place that's not going to serve dinner).

          2. re: vinouspleasure


            Not to disagree with two 13 year old gourmands, LOL, but the best Japanese restaurants (meaning authentic Japanese) in Westchester are:

            522 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605-2002

            Arguably the best sushi in Westchester, but the chef is as selective about his customers as he is about his fish. This is a serious, authentic Japanese restaurant experience, and not a "rainbow roll" in sight.. No white tuna either.

            Fujinoya Restaurant
            26 South Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530

            Also absolutely authentic, more "kid friendly" than Nanase, but not at the sushi bar. This is where local Japanese families eat early, the older crowd later. And, no white tuna.

            Azuma Sushi Restaurant
            219 East Hartsdale Avenue Hartsdale, NY 10530-3502

            Also very authentic, and can also be picky about their customers. Sushi bar service is Japanese style, i.e., two pieces is one order, you pretty much have your own chef at the bar, they prefer omakase service. You should too. No white tuna, BTW.

            Those are the best that spring to mind. There is also Sezan in Dobbs Ferry, also very good, but the chef there has more temper tantrums than one should have when the customers are paying you. Nishi, a stone's throw away, is also very good and authentic, but with no sushi bar and limited sushi menu. Go there for the nabe.

            So, iIf you're looking to dine out with 13 year olds, why not try East in the Palisades mall. It won't break the bank, and the kids will enjoy the conveyor belt. Japanese owned, Japanese run, Central American chefs. But the Japanese owner does the buying, the fish quality is decent, especially given the prices, and your non-raw fish eating 13 year old gourmet will find enough selection off the conveyor belt to satisfy his gourmand proclivities.

            And on that note, Oyasuminasai!

            522 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605

            219 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

            26 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

            1. re: EHS

              thanks for your great list but I think it's misplaced in this post about a small sushi joint in a strip mall in northern westchester. More people will benefit from your post if you start a new thread, maybe call it "best sushi in westchester".

              As for the restaurants you mention, I've been to azuma and thought it very good. I;m afraid it takes us almost as long to get to nyc as it does the other restaurants so most of the time we find ourselves in nyc when we hanker for great sushi.

              getting back on topic, my son insisted we all try Asagao. My son had udon with tempura which looked very good, my wife had one of the dinner boxes which she declared good and I tried the bulgogi (as I'm given to understand the owners and perhaps the chef is korean). I probably wouldn't order it again but it was fine.

              reasonably priced, we'll be back.

              1. re: vinouspleasure

                Thanks V, I believe the owner of Asagao is the same owner of the nail salon across the street (nice Korean man). I will probably try takeout one of these days--and EHS, while I love, love, love Sushi Nanase, I don't even dream about something similar opening in the northern rivertowns area, as V stated, this is a neighborhood joint in a small strip mall, not a Westchester destination restaurant.

                1. re: Marge

                  vinouspleasure, Marge,

                  When a restaurant is declared "gourmet" twice in the same sentence of a review, and a "pleasure" as well, and when another is referred to as "the best sushi in the area" (meaning, I presume, greater Westchester), then I wouldn't consider a response listing what really are considered by many the best Japanese restaurants as "misplaced."

                  There are too many neo-Japanese restaurants (some, as you point out, being cross-marketed by owners of Korean nail salons), that most "non-gourmet" casual diners tend to get fooled into thinking that what is served in these places is authentic Japanese cuisine.

                  It's not,and should be reported as such, IMHO.

                  1. re: EHS

                    E, the restaurant was reportedly declared "gourmet" (in quotes) by a 13 year old!
                    And your presumption of my meaning of "the area" is incorrect--I was referrring to the area of Briarcliff Manor/Ossining/Croton, the delivery area to my home. I am well familiar with the merits of Sushi Nanase
                    and I have been to Japan. My purpose in starting this thread was to see if Sushi Asagao was worth trying after, say, getting my nails done--not to determine if it was the best in Westchester County. But thank you, and happy new year!

                    522 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605

                    1. re: EHS


                      apologies, the internet is a notably poor medium for sarcasm. As Marge points out, my intent was a tongue in cheek report. My 13yo son is hardly an expert and locals in our area, (croton, ossining, etc) surely know this as I stated his frame of reference is Samurai, a restaurant which could hardly be mistaken for gourmet.

                      Imagine if you'd come all the way from up county to sample Asagao "gourmet fare"? Instant chowhound legend.!

        2. So....Asagao seems to have gone outof business, that didn't last very long!

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          1. re: Marge

            I passed by a couple days ago and they seemed to be open for business.

            1. re: Elisa515

              I noticed that yesterday...strange!

              1. re: Marge

                No, not strange.

                Simply "under new management."

                Don't know if that means "related" management, or truly "new."

                The Internet has the answer: with a Google search of "Asagao Croton".

                1. re: EHS

                  Following your suggestion, I see two contemporary reviews and both seem rather odd in that one reviewer is from somewhere on LI and the other is listed as being from Manhattan. Sorry, but seems suspect.

                  And yes, we all eat at places that aren't in our neighborhoods. But to be motivated to write a review, a place far afield generally needs to be exceptional in some way. Call me skeptical/cynical.

                  Anyway, maybe I can talk my kid (a young adult, not really a kid) into going there for lunch, since his class was cancelled today. Will report back.

                  1. re: Elisa515

                    So I called.

                    No need to be suspect.

                    The gent who answered the phone ( a "Mr. Kim") said new owner, new management, new fresh food.

                    1. re: EHS

                      I should clarify. I'm suspicious of those reviews/reviewers, not saying the place isn't worth checking out.

                      1. re: Elisa515

                        My thoughts exactly..."yelpers" from LI and Manhattan raving about a sushi joint in a random strip mall in Croton...and I wonder if it's the same Mr. Kim who owns the nail salon across the street...yeah, as I said, strange. It would be nice to have a decent Japanese restaurant in the area though, please report back if you try it!

                        1. re: Marge

                          My son and I went for a late lunch today, and we'll be going back. It's a very pleasant space, and there is a nice selection of lunch specials, including sushi ones and lunch boxes. My son had a tempura noodle soup, not from the lunch menu; it included two shrimp tempura and a salad. He prefers the tempura on the side, so if you like it that way, make sure to ask--it was served with the shrimp already in the soup.

                          I had the two sushi roll lunch (yellowtail and salmon skin for me, out of a list of maybe 15 choices), which came with soup and salad. We also shared a seaweed roll.

                          Service was attentive, lots of green tea. Bill was $26 before tip.

                          To be clear, this is not a "destination" restaurant, but it's great if you're in the area and better than most places that would involve a trip.

                          The name is the same, probably to save on changing signage and other named material, but this is now exclusively a Japanese restaurant, no more Korean items.

                          They have a take out menu and do delivery, too.

                            1. re: Marge

                              my son is going to be so excited! he has been counting the days until they re-opened.