Buddha Opens in Rye Brook

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It’s been the buzz for months: What was going to fit in the large space vacated by the Rye Ridge movie theater? And then: how the heck will that work? The answer: A gorgeous, red-hued space that is now the Asian bistro Buddha with Hibachi-style tables on one side; regular seating and a sushi station on the other — and food available on both sides.

Submitted photo (forgive the red border).

The menu — like the eatery itself — is huge and varied, with sections devoted to “kitchen beginnings” (Thai crab cake, cold sesame noodles, edamame), “Wok & Grill,” “Sushi Bar Entrees,” “South East Asia, “Hibachi,” “Steamed Health Food,” “House Designed Special Roll” and more. Of particular note: the reasonably priced lunch special: two sushi rolls for $8.50 (three for $11), along with $8 and $9 Wok & Grill specials. A 4 to 6 p.m. Happy Hour was being planned with a special bar menu and discounted drinks.

Details: 1 & 1A Rye Ridge Plaza, 914-481-4651. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

— Jeanne Muchnick

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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  1. My husband and I have been there twice since it opened. Once in the dining room and the other on the Hibachi side. The Hibachi side is pretty standard – and typical of most other places. Always fun with a crowd.

    We did prefer the regular dining area side. The menu is creative, and the food delicious and beautifully presented. A real stand out is the Tuna Sashimi Pizza appetizer. It’s tuna sashimi over a crispy pancake with their signature Spicy Kabayaki Sauce. Fantastic!

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