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Sushi/Sashimi Westchester

dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 03:08 PM

I was thinking of going into the City this weekend bc I'm craving good sushi and sashimi. Is there any to be found in Westhchester? I've read reviews of places from the last few years but owner and sushi chefs change and new places open. Really dont care about crazy rolls. Just want really good sashimi/sushi with a nice variety of different types of fish. Thoughts?

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    scarsdalesurprise RE: dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 03:27 PM

    Love Fujinoya in Hartsdale!

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      Marge RE: scarsdalesurprise Oct 17, 2013 03:30 PM

      Second Fujinoya. Of course the best is Sushi Nanase in White Plains (reservations absolutely required). Just had an excellent early sushi dinner at Jiki in Briarcliff (and their macarons are second to none...)

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        BuildingMyBento RE: Marge Oct 18, 2013 10:20 AM

        Sushi and macarons? Doesn't sound as bad as that sushi and sliders place in Manhattan...

    2. JMF RE: dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 03:36 PM

      I'd say the best is Sushi Nanese in White Plains as others have said. Reservation needed. No fancy rolls. Amazing food.

      Azumi in Hartsdale is probably #2.

      Fujinoya was good. Haven't been since new owners took over. Their homestyle cooked foods were their stronpoint, more than the sushi/sashimi.

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        Elisa515 RE: JMF Oct 17, 2013 03:40 PM

        When did the ownership change? Do you know if they were planning to change things?

        I got there periodically for lunch, but haven't been for dinner. Always worth a trip.

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          JMF RE: Elisa515 Oct 17, 2013 05:00 PM

          I haven't been but I think last spring. I know the new owners haven't updated the daily lunch specials web page since May.

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            Elisa515 RE: JMF Oct 17, 2013 05:05 PM

            Ah. I've definitely been there since May, and they are still doing daily lunch specials.

            And I'm with you--I've had sushi there, but mostly I've had cooked food since they have so many interesting dishes, and that's rarer to find.

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            pabboy RE: Elisa515 Oct 18, 2013 04:44 PM

            Ownership changed in April. Sushi chef and head chef (who I think is the new owner) have changed. The wait staff and cooks largely remained the same. Menu has expanded a bit. There are more "specials" and fish options. Otherwise it's just as good as ever.

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              Elisa515 RE: pabboy Oct 18, 2013 07:25 PM

              Thanks, this is very helpful--and explains why it didn't feel like a place with new ownership (at least at lunch time).

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                JMF RE: pabboy Oct 18, 2013 10:28 PM

                That's good to hear about Fujinoya. I haven't gone out for Japanese in awhile because I spent almost four months consulting to a pair of mediocre Japanese restaurants this Spring and Summer and actually got to the point I was burnt out. Since Japanese cuisine is one of my areas of specialty that's saying a lot. I'll have to check them out again soon. I used to go at least once a week.

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                  Elisa515 RE: pabboy Oct 21, 2013 03:54 PM

                  My son and I went to Fujinoya for lunch today. Couple who came in after us asked the wait staff about the ownership change, and they confirmed what you said (not that I doubted you!), including that nothing should be different with the new ownership.

                  We did pass on the lunch special, which was a grilled salmon collar. Didn't look like enough food for us. We were delighted with our donburi (him) with miso soup and miso ramen soup (me).

                  Today was one of the few times I've been there where there were few Japanese people.

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                    pabboy RE: Elisa515 Oct 22, 2013 08:17 AM

                    I was there for lunch as well. Right around Noon, it was about 80% Japanese.

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                      Elisa515 RE: pabboy Oct 22, 2013 12:56 PM

                      I wonder if we crossed paths! We got there around 1 and there were several empty tables. We sat way in the back corner (on Monday).

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                        pabboy RE: Elisa515 Oct 22, 2013 01:43 PM

                        Haha! No. We didn't. I left around 12:30pm and there were at least 7 people waiting to be seated.

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                          Elisa515 RE: pabboy Oct 22, 2013 02:32 PM

                          We will just have to plan better next time. :)

              2. re: JMF
                dhenry18 RE: JMF Oct 18, 2013 09:38 AM

                Ever been to Hajime in Harrison?

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                  JMF RE: dhenry18 Oct 18, 2013 10:24 PM

                  I've heard some recommendations here on CH, but haven't gone myself.

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                    cloverose RE: dhenry18 Oct 23, 2013 11:52 AM

                    I was there last year, based on CH reviews. For me, it was just ok. Would not make a special trip back or recommend.

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                      chipmonger RE: cloverose Oct 24, 2013 01:47 PM

                      Totally agree, nothing was off or disappointing, but just ok. The one time I was there I noticed that several other diners appeared to be regulars who were treated very warmly. For this reason I think Hajime has a small following.

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                        MRS RE: chipmonger Oct 24, 2013 03:33 PM

                        The only time we ever went it was very fine, nothing wrong but nothing excellent. What was outstanding, and not in a good way, was one particular server who was SOOOO loud. She just talked at such a tremendous volume for such a small space. It was really off-putting.

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                    DWeiss RE: JMF Nov 4, 2013 08:49 PM

                    ALWAYS used to go to Azuma, but their Sushi Nazi behind the bar has a real snippy attitude. He makes the takeout orders before he serves the customers sitting in front of him. Left us sitting there for 40 minutes while we had two or three pieces. Very bad Karma, Jiro Ono would not be happy with this putz. With a lack of personality, oops, he has none! Never going back no mater how good his fish is. You can't swallow it if your pissed off!

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                      pabboy RE: DWeiss Nov 6, 2013 06:52 PM

                      Jiro has even less personality and doesn't do takeout.

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                    geetee RE: dhenry18 Oct 18, 2013 07:52 PM

                    Sakura in Scarsdale is consistently great.

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                      JMF RE: geetee Oct 18, 2013 10:19 PM

                      Sakura on Garth Rd. closed years ago. There is a fusion place there now. It was the best in Westchester when it opened 30 years ago, because it was one of the first, but never was consistently great.

                      Edit- I just saw that there is a place by the same name in a different location, on Wilmot. Any relation to the original?

                      I do cringe when I see a Japanese restaurant in the States with 175 items on the menu. Especially when 32 are fancy rolls. It's the Japanese cuisine traditionalist in me.

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                        valerie RE: JMF Oct 22, 2013 04:57 AM

                        Actually the fusion place was Tengda but that closed about 2 months ago. Apparently they weren't paying rent.

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                      Barrels41 RE: dhenry18 Oct 19, 2013 12:28 AM

                      Aoyu Sushi on Johnson Ave in Riverdale is excellent. They fly in fish from Japan. Very reasonable. Plenty of parking. After dinner there is a new Menchie's yogurt. Easy to get to coming back from the City.

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                        JMF RE: Barrels41 Oct 19, 2013 03:55 AM

                        Except Riverdale isn't Westchester.

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