Zenzo Sushi in Mamaroneck, NY – A Ranking of Mamaroneck Ave Asian Fusion Restaurants 

There are four Asian Fusion restaurants in Mamaroneck, NY and I have been to all of them now with Zenzo Sushi rounding up the end of the list. Each has its own uniqueness. Below is a quick summary of them. Click on the name below to read my past reviews.

  • Red Plum – the least expensive and probably the most fusion (bastardized) version of Asian food
  • Haiku – the middle of the road, balancing the fusion with the traditional. I was pleasantly surprised by their specials of Chinese Soup Dumplings… Almost as good as those in Flushing but much closer geographically to home
  • Ginban – Decent food. Friendly staff, caters to families. Big on presentation. A tie with Haiku.
  • Zenzo – The surprising winner with a strong selection of sashimi. Worth returning to try other non raw items that are on the menu. We went off menu and simply ordered whatever we fancied.

Sashimi: Hamachi (Yellowtail), Toro (Fatty Tuna), Maguro (Tuna), and Hotatekai (Scallop). The presentation was clean and elegant. Sushi: Uni (Sea urchin), Ikura (Salmon Roe).

This experience took place at

Zenzo Sushi

328 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck, NY 10543


Andrea’s 25 North in Mamaroneck, NY- Happy Holidays with Angry Losters 

This was a work holiday lunch with a partner agency at Andrea’s 25 North on Boston Post Road on Mamaroneck. The restaurant is a beautiful house with cozy corners and large bright windows. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. The specials were plentiful and mouth-watering, especially the 2-3 pound angry lobsters. It was a happy meal for the growth ups and a wonderful break from a busy work week. Thank you! Appetizers: Broccoli rabe & sausage egg rolls, Burrata, shrimps and salad. Lobster Ravioli Deana: Cognac infused pink cream sauce with asparagus, mushrooms & diced shrimp This was George’s: plain chicken pieces with potatoes. You would not guess from the type of food he orders nor the amount of food he eats that George is a statuesque former wrestler. NY Strip Steak: 14oz. Prime N.Y. Strip. Served with creamy mashed potatoes & cabernet sauce. Steak was no cooked to the temperature that was ordered. It’s over done.Chicken Piccante: Classic chicken francese sautéed with cherry peppers topped with melted mozzarella over a bed of sautéed spinach.  Kerri – I Don’t think this is Chicken Martine.Special: Red snapper with tomato sauce and salmon on a bed of zucchini. Salmon was a little dry but red snapper was moist.
Special: Veal with rigatoni pasta
Special: 2-3 pound Angry Lobster on a bed of angel hair pasta. They offered for us to go pick out our own lobsters from the tank downstairs. 🙂  Special: Angry lobster. The knife is placed there for scale. This was a big plate.
Special: Angry lobster. Although the lobsters were angry, they made many of us very happy.  Special: Lamb chop lollipop. Best dish by far. Tender and juicy. Best lamb chop lollipops I have ever had.

Highly recommended for a large gathering. Authentic Italian cooking. Cannot go wrong.

This experience took place at

Andrea’s 25 North

974 E Boston Post Rd,
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Phone:(914) 698-2597

Haiku in Mamaroneck, NY- A Round of Applause for Authenticity

I found myself having nothing to do on a Friday night and hungry. My options were to hunt for food in Queens or around work in Westchester. I let the red traffic lights decide whether I got on the highway to head down to Queens or straight to a restaurant nearby. I ended up at Haiku’s Asian Bistro on Mamaroneck Ave, in Mamaroneck NY. I knew what I was walking into- a bastardized version of Asian food. But I was pleasantly surprised!Crispy Calamari Salad with miso vinaigrette dressing. This is truly an Asian fusion dish. The fried calamari is made with a sprinkle of Chinese five spice and Chinese white pepper, the traditional way to prepare Chinese fried calamari. Yet we would never lay crispy calamari on a plate of raw greens, cut up cherry tomatoes and dressing. Regardless, it was delicious. The combination of the east and the west worked.
Special: Chinese soup dumplings. I saw this special on the table. A little surprised that they were offering an authentic dish. It prompted me to test it out. It was authentic, all right. Not the best soup dumplings I have ever had. The skin was a bit thick. But it was very decent and it was authentic.   Pad Thai Noodles: spicy Thai flat noodle with jumbo shrimp. By this point, I was full. Ate the jumbo shrimps but packed up the rest. Never got a chance to finish it because I forgot it in the fridge.

Haiku, like Red Plum next door, offered all kind of Asian food (Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc.) But I like Haiku a lot better for the fact that they are trying to be authentic when they can. I give Haiku both thumbs up for the effort and I will return to encourage. Happy Thursday my friends! Let’s all try a little bit harder and be ourselves despite our circumstance.

This experience took place at

Haiku Asian Bistro

265 Mamaroneck Ave,
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Phone:(914) 381-3200

Hash o Nash in Mamaroneck, NY- A Long Menu of Middle Eastern Dishes and Great Service

Hash O Nash is a middle eastern restaurant located in the heart of Mamaroneck, NY. Their menu is as long as a book. I was a little concerned when I saw the menu because a long menu indicates only one thing to me: the restaurant is trying to do too much and to satisfy too many. Really? How many outstanding generalists are there? It’s an oxymoron.

This is a plate of extremely sour pickled vegetables. So sour that as soon as you put a piece in your mouth you start to salivate. The pickle was the least sour; the green tomato was the most sour. I ate the whole tomato and had to wipe off my drool with a napkin! I just kept on going back for more… Very unique.

VEGETARIAN TRIO PLATTER: Falafel hummus, baba ghanoug and grape leaves. This was the first time I had the baba ghanoug. Very smooth and has a slightly watery consistency when compared to the hummus. Delicious and healthy. I can eat this all day with pita bread.

SHRIMP HAR’RAK: Cooked in olive oil with hot pepper, cilantro, garlic, parsley and lemon juice and pita. Meh – the shrimps were fresh but the preparation seems very common. Acceptable but not special.

MIXED GRILL: A real fiesta combination of shish kabobs and shawarma (lamb shish, chicken shish, lamb kafta, lamb chops and shawarma). They use oak, hickory and mesquite wood, served with tahini sauce, salad and rice or bulgur pilaf and vegetable of the day. I so wish this were better. It had all the promises of being good- I checked out their grill before ordering; this is what they specialized in. Alas, the meat (lamb and shawarma) was dry and rubbery which depleted all flavors from the spices. The chicken was the best because it was moist.

BAKLAVA: Baked phyllo dough, stuffed with chopped pistachio and drizzled with rose water flavored homemade syrup. I am usually not a baklava fan but the flaky dough with the pistachio that night really hit the spot. I used my finger to pick up the last bits of pistachio.  I also had the Arabian mint tea with the Baklava – transported me to a cool ryad with green trees and serenity during a hot July summer day in Marrakech, Morocco.  Arabian mint tea with honey is one of my favorite teas.  Mmm. Mmm. Good.

To be fair now, the food was good, even above average. After all, I did choose only four dishes from a list of “hundred.” When I return, I will stick to the most popular items and avoid the grilled meat.

Oh – the waitress was very attentive and patient with us. She told us that they have belly dancing on Friday nights. Hmm. Who should I invite for this festivity of ogling women?

This experience took place at

Hash o Nash
441 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
(914) 630-7310

Le Provençal Bistro in Mamaroneck, NY- Outstanding Service

Le Provençal Bistro is a restaurant I go often. It’s a decent place. I have been there many times for work related lunches and dinners. Tonight, I brought my 11-yr-old honey boo boo for a quick dinner before her year-end concert. The French Bistro delivered the exact experience we were seeking.

French Baguette: Authentic. Any French restaurants that can’t do a good baguette is not a French restaurant. The baguette should also come with room temperature butter and not olive oil.

Angel hair pasta fresh tomato, basil and garlic. This dish was ordered by my daughter and represented a mother’s regret… My French speaking and French educated daughter ordered an Italian dish in a French bistro. I have given up and let her be her own person when it comes to food and most of other things.

This was the special that night: Lobster with avocado, mango and greens. Light, airy and refreshing.

The service was outstanding. We had an hour from sitting down to departure and the waiter took great care of us. Everything was done quickly but not rushed. We had everything we wanted. The afternoon sunlight came in through the French windows that we sat next to. My job was done as a mother. She was happy.

This experience took place at

Le Provençal Bistro
436 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
(914) 777-2324

Molly Spillane’s in Mamaroneck, NY – Generically Good Pub Food

I have been writing this blog since last July. It has become a little stale and boring for me. I have been thinking of changing it up and writing differently. Some readers have suggested that I write more about the atmosphere of the restaurant; some want SAT vocabulary and more complex sentence structures; some want the same short posts with no changes; some want ratings and better pictures; some want more of my personality.

I am going to experiment here and write whatever I feel like. Please feel free to comment and let me know how you like it.
Molly Spillane’s on Mamaroneck Ave is nothing special. I picked it because I was meeting a new friend who may have very generic mid-west taste. So I figure pub food is a safe choice. And it was.

STEAK SANDWICH: Grilled flat iron steak sliced & topped with sautéed onions & mozzarella cheese on a ciabatta roll. The photo does not show the close up of the cheese on the steak. The sandwich looked like it was made yesterday. My friend was hesitant to bite into it. Luckily, the quote from my friend is “It looks ugly but it’s awesome!”  How often can we say that about people and things? A surprising inner beauty of a steak sandwich?

CHICKEN AVOCADO SALAD: Mango & citrus marinated chicken breast over mixed greens with tomatoes, avocado & fresh fruit served with a light vinaigrette dressing. For rabbit food or Westchester skinny women food, this was not too bad. The chicken was grilled to the point that it was very chewy. The avocado was not ripe enough yet. But who cares. Good fat is still good fat.

The downside of Molly Spillane’s is that the wait staff was not so great and one of the young boys had an attitude. The upside of Molly Spillane’s is that it is a pretty generic restaurant and if your standards are not super high, Molly will do. Just like many things in life – all you need to do is lower your expectations and they all seem like winners.  It’s generically American.

This experience took place at

Molly Spillane’s
211 Mamaroneck Ave.
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Tel: 914 899 3130
E-Mail: mollyspillanes@gmail.com

Red Plum in Mamaroneck NY – Reliable Old Shoe Asian

Looking for a reliable Americanized Asian restaurant for lunch? Try Red Plum in Mamaroneck NY. The decor is modern; the menu is just like the other three Asian restaurants on the same street; the price is good for the wallet. Red Plum offers standard Fusion Asian or in Peilin Corbanese’ speak: Americanized Asian food / bastardized Asian food. I went today with a friend and we both ordered the Maki Lunch Special.  Upside: the green tea they served was pretty good!

This photo is a bit fuzzy but shows the miso soup. It is ok – slightly better than the packet powder version.

Here is the salad that comes with the lunch. Good for fiber and pedestrian for taste.

Here are my two rolls: salmon avocado and eel cucumber. They are better than what I could do and decent for the price.

Here are my friend’s rolls: salmon avocado and tempura roll.

The great thing about this place is that you can be loud and still hear your friend across from you. You can laugh your hearts out and no one would bug you. The waiters and waitresses leave you alone but are very attentive if you look their way. They know how to treat their customers.  The restaurant was not too busy nor too empty.  Just right for a quick get away from the office.

I had a great time with my friend whom I have not seen in over half a year and lunch was the side-show. I highly recommend the place if your primary purpose is not eating great Asian food but to enjoy the atmosphere and the company. Cheers to friendship!

This experience took place at

Red Plum
251 Mamaroneck Ave.
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Tel: (914) 777-8696 | 777-6888

Turkish Meze in Mamaroneck NY- A Good & Cheap Lunch

Turkish Meze is a Turkish restaurant in Mamaroneck NY, right by the Metro North station. It serves standard fare middle eastern food such as falafel, humus, doner, gyro, and shish kebab. Worth noting though – it has an excellent lunch menu and for a little more than $10, you get an appetizer and an entrée, which is precisely what I did.

The meal began with warm pita bread covered in napkins and some olive tapenade. My dining companion was extremely satisfied with the olive tapenade and used it on the courses following.

These are the crispy falafel served with tahini.

Both my friend and I ordered the same entrée. This is the Grilled Chicken Shish Kebab. Not bad. If you want a decent and cheap lunch, here is the place to come. Nothing to jump up and down about but satisfactory enough for the tummy and the pocket-book.

And there is usually enough left over for the next day lunch. 🙂

This experience took place at

Turkish Meze
409 Mt Pleasant Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
(914) 777-3042