Surprising, well-chosen garnishes embellish gorgeous fresh fish at Nanase in White Plains, which has quickly become a high-end favorite for Westchester sushi hounds. It’s the county’s best sushi by far, declares Marge, whose splendid $85 omakase dinner was highlighted by the sushi. Tuna (two kinds), salmon, hamachi, fluke, eel, and freshwater shrimp were each paired with an accompaniment: fish roe, scallion, lime zest, seaweed, even gold leaf. (Other memorable courses, she adds, included sublime raw scallop topped with shaved truffle, sea salt, and citrus juice; Kumamoto oysters seasoned with a spicy mignonette; and broiled black cod with wonderfully crisp skin.)
Opened a couple of years ago by a chef who worked at Masa and Nobu in Manhattan, Nanase excels at the details. Much of the seafood is flown in from Japan. House-made soy sauce has a pleasing sweetness and less salt than the commercial stuff. Sea salt blends, also made in-house, get a kick from citrus zest. Prices are higher than the competition. “A nice splurge and worth it,” promises cervisiam.
For more traditional sushi, Azuma in Hartsdale is a longtime favorite. “Nothing but the highest-quality fresh fish,” says chocolate chick. Here, too, prices are higher than average.
Toyo in Mamaroneck has won fans with its inventive rolls and first-rate fish, including meltingly tender toro. “I wanted to roll myself in it,” raves cervisiam—who resisted the temptation, we think. Some, however, are put off by the nontraditional offerings and unusually large cuts of fish. “I go to Toyo when my children want sushi,” writes elizabean. “Toyo is more about funky rolls than superior fish.”
Others recommend longtime local favorite Hajime in Harrison, Kira in Armonk (which also has a newer location just over the state line in Greenwich), Yama Fuji in Briarcliff Manor, Koo in Rye, Sazan in Ardsley, and Ichi Riki in Elmsford (try the sashimi salad, urges 2boys4me).
Another recent hound hangout in Greenwich, Toku Shin on Putnam Avenue, has unfortunately gone out of business. “It’s a sad day,” mourns Alex318. “I cringe at the thought of the mediocre sushi that awaits me now in Greenwich.”
Azuma [Westchester County]
219 E. Hartsdale Avenue (between Rockledge Road and Metro-North station), Hartsdale, NY
Hajime [Westchester County]
267 Halstead Avenue (near Harrison), Harrison, NY
Kira Sushi [Westchester County]
In Armonk Town Center, 575 Main Street (Route 128, near School Street), Armonk, NY
Kira Sushi [Fairfield County]
4 Lewis Court (near Greenwich), Greenwich, CT
Sazan [Westchester County]
729 Saw Mill River Road (near Center), Ardsley, NY