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Kaito in Bronxville

roxlet Sep 12, 2013 02:58 PM

A new menu came through the mail slot today for a restaurant I am completely unfamiliar with -- Kaito on Palmer Avenue in Bronxville. At first I was afraid that Noodle+Dumpling had gone out, but this appears to be right next door-- Maybe where Japan Inn was? It's clear that I haven't been down Palmer recently!

The menu is interesting, and I'm happy that the restaurant is Japanese and not one of the generic "Asian" places that seem to proliferate here. Has anyone been?

  1. protzman Jan 31, 2014 06:20 PM

    Kaito Sushi is fabulous. I have been there many times now and have had some extraordinary dishes. Try the "chirashi don"--a rice bowl with "scattered sushi" on top with vegetables, ginger root, wasabi mustard, tempura and custard slices. There are several wonderful new noodle dishes and soups and many old favorites. Prices are reasonable and the service is very friendly and helpful.

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    1. re: protzman
      JMF Jan 31, 2014 06:33 PM

      Thanks, I'll have to go check it out. I haven't yet because I felt it wouldn't be the same without Lenny's friendly face. I had been going there several times a year since the Japan Inn first opened.

      I used to run into Lenny and his wife a lot, but haven't seen him since last spring. I wonder where he retired to?

    2. protzman Sep 14, 2013 05:24 PM

      Yes, it's the new incarnation of Japan Inn. Lenny Mori, who opened Japan Inn 30 years ago, retired this summer. The new owner was his sushi chef several years ago. I got the new menu too, and it looks very nice. I haven't been there yet, but take a chance and go!

      1. JMF Sep 13, 2013 11:48 AM

        As far as I know the Japan Inn was sold to new owners a month or two ago. I don't think they even closed the restaurant for a remodel and I think kept on most of the staff. I heard that Lenny the old owner finally wanted to retire. I didn't go to the Japan Inn much anymore, basically parking there is annoying, but I saw him and his wife a few times at Fujinoya On Central Ave in Hartsdale.

        I just got the new menu in the mail and was going to ask if anyone had been since the changeover. It looks like the menu is 80% the same.

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        1. re: JMF
          Westjanie Sep 14, 2013 07:24 AM

          By the way, Fujinoya itself has changed hands. The only way to tell these days is that there are different people behind the sushi counter. Menu and decor have not changed a bit. So far, food seems more or less the same.

          1. re: Westjanie
            JMF Sep 14, 2013 08:11 AM

            I haven't been there since May. I wondered why they haven't changed their online monthly calender of daily specials.

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          rjbh20 Sep 13, 2013 11:27 AM

          Its the old Japan Inn. Still have the old sign up top.

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          1. re: rjbh20
            jcmods Sep 13, 2013 11:48 AM

            I saw a post somewhere else (of course I cannot find it now) that made it seem as though it really IS the Japan Inn, but with a name change. Is that possible?

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            rolise Sep 13, 2013 09:29 AM

            Japan Inn closed? they were there forever.

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