On our recent visit over Valentine’s Day weekend to New Paltz, New York, while my wife and I were staying at the lavish Moondance Ridge Bed & Breakfast and having an enormous lunch at The Nibble Nook Diner, there was the lingering question of where to have dinner. We broke for town around 7PM because, even though it was Friday Night and even though we’d had a big lunch at Nibble Nook and even though neither of us was terribly hungry, the last fact remained that things seemed to really die down in New Paltz post 9PM. The only things remaining after the 9 or surely the 10 o clock hour were bars and many of the bars even closed their kitchens ahead of their drinking fare. So, needless to say, we needed to act soon! Even if leftovers were had, doggie bags procured, and completion was achieved later on in the evening (we all saw Michele Obama; there’s nothing to be ashamed of for taking a doggie bag! In fact, the chef’s should feel commended if the First Family, who have world class chefs in their own home, feel compelled to take along a souvenir for the next day).
We descended on Main Street and happened on the Tokyo Sushi Steak House which was, not surprisingly, for Japanese & Korean food. Tokyo Sushi Steak House has a full array of individual or hand “rolls” – the meek type of sushi to which I’d become accustomed. As well they have appetizers (from both the sushi bar & kitchen) a la carte sushi & sashimi, party platters, soup, salads, rice, side dishes, dinner specials, and a number of special rolls.
This is where I sort of fall off the map. I’m sure avocado (one of the primary ingredients in many sushi’s) makes everything taste grand, but their Dragon Roll (eel, crab meat, cucumber, avocado)? Kamikaze Roll (eel, avocado, cream cheese, masago, crabmeat, and deep fried)? Or their Niwana Roll (tuna salmon, avocado, yellow tail crab)? Yes, a number of these entrees I’m afraid of have a fixed component (eel) but to the larger question; “cream cheese”? And I don’t even know what “masago” is!
Regardless, we ordered (California Roll and Fried Rice) and waited…and waited, and waited some more. I couldn’t really blame these guys; they were obviously short staffed. When the food finally came it was really good and they were very friendly and apologetic for their tardiness (and really, who can get mad at soft spoken people who apologize?)
So rather than trash this place for having too few people on staff, I’d like to look on the brighter side of things. Hopefully whoever called out had a wonderful Valentine’s Day (who knows? Maybe there was even a love match!) and I’ll give Tokyo Sushi Steak House in New Paltz an 8 for food and a 10 for service (they did the best they could with what they had! And there was no attitude; which is something I wish all the diner waitresses I worked with for all those years would have learned. Empathy not hostility.)
Give Tokyo Sushi Steak House a shot next time you’re in New Paltz!
117 Main Street, New Paltz, New York 12561. 845-255-1335. (They say “Parking available behind restaurant” but if you’re going for dinner, there was plenty of street parking that we found. Then you can peruse the many fine shops on their main drag.)