This New, BYOB Japanese Restaurant in Tarrytown Has Us Saying “Kanpai!”
Get your gyoza, tonkatsu, sushi, and sashimi at My Tokyo.
photos by Karen Sims
On Tarrytown’s Main Street is My Tokyo, a cozy new Japanese restaurant with generously sized rice bowls, sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese classics. Chef-owner Harry Cha previously worked at Aureole and Brushstroke in New York City, before opening My Tokyo, which is his first restaurant, though his family was already in the industry. “Their generation didn’t need to learn from school, but I felt I needed to,” says Cha, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. “It changed my life. Inspired my life.”
While Cha trained in authentic kaiseki cuisine at Brushstroke, My Tokyo leans toward both Japanese and American interpretations, serving classic American maki rolls such as California, Alaska, and Philadelphia rolls, as well as traditional dishes such like tonkatsu and tempura.
Appetizers include soy-glazed grilled avocado, and the very popular pan-fried pork or vegetable gyozas, surrounded by a crispy skirt, served with a soy-scallion dipping sauce. Sushi and sashimi are available à la carte or as part of a curated dinner platter. In addition to the well-known classics are special rolls like the deep-fried Kamikaze, with includes eel, cream cheese, avocado, and crabmeat. Or try the orange roll, with salmon, avocado, and cucumber, topped with delicate pieces of fruit. Other entrée options include poke bowls, teriyaki, and hearty kimchi yakisoba with mushrooms, bacon, shrimp, and tomatoes.
Also notable is My Tokyo’s stylish and modern interior, designed and constructed completely by Cha and his wife, Eloise Im, featuring warm lights, exposed brick walls, and pleasant outdoor seating. The restaurant is BYOB, so patrons are welcome to bring a bottle of their favorite sake or wine to complete a satisfying meal that is relaxed and elegant at the same time.
31 Main St
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