Monthly Archives: February 2016

Japan Week 2016

Japan Week is back at Grand Central Terminal on March 10-12, 2016! This year, discover Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku, home to natural and man-made wonders that even seasoned travelers miss.

However, for food lovers, I really need to highlight the Conveyor Belt Sushi section that called “kaiten-zushi” in Japanese, chefs place freshly prepared sushi on a rotating belt so that diners can easily reach for their favourite dishes. Kaiten-Zushi has been a prominent part of Japanese culture for decades, and they are demonstrating at Japan Week. Don’t miss the unique opprotunity!


(Picture from Japan Week 2015)


Date : March 10-12, 2016

Place: Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall

Mokomiya in White Plains

I have several Japanese friends in Westchester County and I asked them where they go for Japanese meals, and most everyone suggested to try Mokomiya in White Plains. I visited skeptically as there does not seem to be enough competition like in NYC, but I decided to give it a try when I visited the area one weekend.  I was pleasantly surprised to find quite the variety of authentic items on the menu ― so much in fact that I have returned twice in the past two months.


My first time to visit Mokomiya was after a potluck party where I did not have much food to eat. I ordered the tonkotsu ramen which arrived with a nice, rich broth and delicious pork taste.  The spice level was perfect for me but the server will ask how spicy you want it upon ordering.  I really did not expect to get such a high quality of ramen in White Plains! My second visit was with two friends after a concert at SUNY in December.  The restaurant was buy with several small groups but they made a special effort to set up comfortable seating for us.  We ordered a variety of small izakaya tapas to share amongst the three of us and found them all to be delicious and seemingly prepared from scratch! Our favorites were the Chicken Nanban (Fried Chicken with tartar) and salmon teriyaki, but all of the items were selections found in a typical Japanese restaurant.

If you live in Westchester or just have a chance to visit the area, I strongly suggest giving Mokomiya a try ― you wont be disappointed!!

Price: $60 for two + one beer each and tip (dinner)

Neighborhood: White Plains Downtown

Dress code: Casual

Dining alone: Yes, a nice bar/counter is available

Take Out: Yes