Every winter, we always unexpectedly find ourselves at Palisades Center mall in Nyack, just across the Tappan Zee – not for the shopping, but because there’s always a specific activity we want to do there. One year, we went to check out the preschooler-sized ropes course. Another time, it was the double-decker carousel. This year, we found ourselves at the Palisades for the conveyor belt sushi.
Yes, conveyor belt sushi. East at Palisades Center is the only Japanese restaurant within 20 miles that features kaiten-zushi, a setup that consists a rotating belt of Japanese dishes that winds around the restaurant, moving past every table. Customers simply pick up what they want to eat as it moves past them, and the sushi chefs that stand in the middle of the room replenish the belt as needed. It’s a popular concept in Japan, England and on the West Coast here, but difficult to find in New York. I’m probably the only person to have ever Googled “conveyor belt sushi Westchester.”
As expected, the kids went wild over this experience. They took turns claiming plates from the belt and discussing the different dishes as they went by. Did we want to try the California roll? The egg nigiri? It wasn’t all sushi, either – rotating past us were dishes of Tokyo fried chicken, edamame, seaweed salad, mochi. I had several plates of various maki and nigiri, all of which wasn’t the best sushi ever, as you’d expect, but not bad either. My husband ordered his usual chicken katsu off the menu.
Twelve plates later, we rolled out of the restaurant, totally stuffed. The problem with having food constantly rotating past you is that you don’t know when to stop eating! But my kids are already asking when we’ll be back, so the restaurant was definitely a hit.
East, Palisades Center, 4494 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, 845-348-1121