219 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY | Directions 1053041.012431 -73.796151
Awesome Omakase – There's no crazy rolls on the menu. Just primo grade fresh sushi. Omakase at the sushi bar is the most amazing experience. The king salmon melted in my mouth. The herring roe exploded with flavor. Simply amazing. Just go try it for yourself. If you like real sushi this place is IT!
Consistency and Longevity is King – Yes, this is one of the more expensive sushi restaurants in Westchester, but it's also one of the best if not the best. It's simple and very traditional. There's none of that new-fusion stuff. But, if you prefer authentic sushi you would find in Japan, you'll be delighted.
It is interesting to read some of the negative reviews here. They demonstrate a clear mis-understanding of what a "traditional" sushi restaurant entails. Those who know better will be pleased with Azuma Sushi. The flavors and portions are authentic. A traditional sushi restaurant doesn't try to fill you up on rice and doesn't mask the freshness of their fish under the guise of "fusion" sushi.
You don't even need to use soy sauce to enjoy their sushi because it is so fresh and deftly prepared. In fact, they offer a variety of selections that are meant to be enjoyed without any soy sauce.
Azuma and Nanase in White Plains have the highest quality chefs in Westchester. I think that is what separates them from the rest of the non-Manhattan places. Fresh ingredients can only get you so far. You need a fantastic chef also. It's probably also why they get compared to the high end places in the city.
Azuma provides overall great value for the suburbs. The slight price difference from its neighbors buys you consistency, which is quite rare outside NYC.
grandma's favorite – i have been going back to azuma for years even after i moved into the city. the sushi is just as fresh as hatsuhana without the manhattan traffic.
azuma's uni is wonderful. the taste is clean as it gets outside of eating it straight out of the shell. the squid is cut in such a way that makes it melts in your mouth instead of being chewy. the herring roe is heavenly. i need to find their recipe. everything is fresh and delicious. not just the obvious tuna, salmon, yellowtail, etc. and their handmade soy sauce makes everything even better.
Decent sushi restaurant - not great. – Azuma is located right next to the Hartsdale train station and the place is somewhat nondescript. There are shades in the windows which makes obscures and hides the insides of the restaurant. It can either be mysterious or uninviting.
The food is mostly sushi or sashimi, with some other items like tempura, but the restaurant's focus is sushi. The prices range from $2.50/piece for salmon to $5/piece for fatty tuna (Chutoro, or Ohtoro). Overall the quality of the sushi is good, but not great. For example, the salmon used was not the fatty part of the salmon, which many other restuarants favor. And unfortunately, not very flavorful - even the Spanish mackerel, was a bit lacking in flavor. Salmon skit hand roll could have used a bit more of the salmon on the skin to give it more flavor and texture. I think my 12 year old daughter, said it best when she said everything is... ordinary. There was nothing special about the food.
The fish was also cut a bit thin (I thought), and small. Their miso soup was also good, but nothing extraordinary. I like the fact that it was not overly salty. Their decor could use an upgrade. Something simple like replacing the seat of the worn toilet seat would do a lot to improve overall feeling that the restaurant is a bit dated.
The service was good and pleasant, but once again, not polished. I asked if I can get the sushi half of them without wasabi (for my daughter), and the waitress told me it would be easier for me to order all the sushi without wasabi. There were 4 people in the restaurant at the time, and there were 3 sushi chefs standing around. I think they could have handled it. As I said, pleasant, but not great service.
I knew that it was not going to be Hatsuhana, Kurumazushi - level of place, but I was disappointed to spend $120 - $130 for me and my daughter, and walk away from the restaurant wondering which sushi restaurant we should try next to satisfy our unfulfilled desire for great sushi.
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