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Is Fujinoya that good?

That was quite a rave in the Sunday NY Times about Fujinoya on Central Park Avenue.

Thinking about going there tonight.

Anybody been there? Does it live up to that hype?

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Fujinoya
26 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

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  1. I really like Fujinoya, yet the rave in the Times sort of surprised me. The sushi is good, but it's better at Nanase in White Plains. I really enjoy their more home style dishes. They serve things that I haven't found anywhere else in the area. They are friendly there as well, and we enjoy going.

    If you do go, especially in the wake of the Times review, don't go during peak hours unless you're prepared for a wait. The place is tiny. I'm a little worried that now the place will turn from a nice local place to a "destination spot," and spoil what is nice about it.

    I highly recommend Fujinoya for lunch. They have a great selection at an excellent price point, and rotating lunch specials.

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    1. re: Shawn

      Its a decent restaurant. Food and service are good. Nothing is particularly great, but they have a nice menu and the food is prepared well. Stick to the basics with the sushi/sashimi. The "carpaccios" are tasty. Its nice have a place where you can get izakaya dishes.

      Unfortunately, there are very few authentic, casual Japanese places in Westchester that serve a variety of cooked food at reasonable prices. I think the times review reflects that fact. Compared to the medicore fusion restaurants, the hibachi places and the restaurants that serve everything from egg rolls to negamaki, Fujinoya is a five star restaurant!

      And there is no doubt in my mind that the article will increase traffic.

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      Fujinoya
      26 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

      1. re: Shawn

        It stinks when you have a favorite hole-in the wall place that is awesome and then a review comes out and it gets mobbed. Great maybe for the owners/staff but lousy for the regulars that liked it when it wasn't a mob scene.

        1. re: cubanat

          Having seen enough places that I love go out of business, I'd prefer they get crowded than shut down.

          1. re: Scott_R

            true enough but it is annoying.

      2. I agree with the other posts -- don't think Fujinoya is anything great, but food is fine for traditional sushi/sashimi. I remember being very put off by their lack of attention to us -- they made us stand/wait while seating two groups of Japanese patrons who came in after us. Nothing racial I'm sure -- maybe they knew them, but even so .....

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        Fujinoya
        26 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

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        1. re: cloverose

          Perhaps they had reservations. Because they are so small, some regulars do that at prime hours.

        2. Went last night at 9 pm and it was easy to get a seat. Place was half full.

          I thought I'd try three of their rolls and they were really good and pretty sizable. Service not an issue. Fair prices too.

          I'd like to go back and delve some more into their dishes, but so far my impression was pretty good -- as long as the place is not packed. Yes, it is remarkably small for a Japanese restaurant.

          1. I've been a Fujinoya regular for 6+ years now. I'm glad they got reviewed in the NY Times. I would much rather my regular joint be packed than to go out of business. I enjoy their wide selection of items not found in other Japanese restaurants in Westchester. They have appetizers galore. 2 types of ramen. Tons of udon and soba. The steady Japanese ex-pat clientele shows their food is authentic.

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            Fujinoya
            26 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

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            1. re: pabboy

              You obviously know your food. This place is great. Can you suggest any other places with authentic ethnic food (not Japanese)? I don't want to have to go into the city to get fed well.