After a small kitchen fire in April, Spring Jiang re-opened Samurai on May 30, showcasing new walls of stone and etched metal. She updated the dining chairs with brown and gray faux-reptile upholstery. The effect is soothing, warm, elegant and just a bit trendy.
What hasn’t changed is the food and service, Jiang says. There are six hibachi grills, including two in the private party room. Kids favor the noodles that go with hibachi steak, chicken, seafood or vegetable orders, she says. It’s a popular way to dine for families and special occasions.
On the other side of the dining room, sushi chefs tightly packed rice wrapped in nori with three-inch slabs of fresh salmon, tuna and yellowtail for a sushi platter completed with a martini glass and glowing blue lights. More than 50 rolls are on the menu.
Plate presentation is a priority here. The Tuna Dumpling appetizer looks like a bouquet of three roses, using tuna rolled around a bright and creamy blend of mango, avocado and cucumber, all of it topped with mango slices and roe.
Samurai is at 352 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. Call 914-271-8988 or visit samuraicroton.com. Hours: 11 a.m-3 p.m. and 4:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, til 11 p.m. Friday, noon-3 p.m. and 4:30-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-9:30 p.m. Sunday.
— By Amy Sowder