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“Best sushi I've ever had...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of SushiMakio

SushiMakio
Ranked #11 of 208 Restaurants in Kingston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Not only are the Sushi dishes at SushiMakio scrumptious on the palate, but each plate is beautifully crafted and presented as edible artwork. This is not your run of the mill fish; the seafood leaving Idesako's kitchen is a study in perfect seasoning, aged just so, brining out subtle textures and flavors you won't find from careless preparation. We invite you to experience the difference. Visit Executive Sushi Chef Makio Idesako at SushiMakio and sample the delicious offerings that he prepares six days a week for dinner. Call in advance to reserve your seat at the Sushi Bar for an Omakase experience ($55pp -7 Courses, $65pp 8 Courses, $75pp 10 Courses) and Makio will craft a personal sushi adventure tailored to your tastes. Sushi Master Makio Idesako came to New York in 1972 after 10 years of intensive training in Satsuma and Tokyo, Japan to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant in the United States. Sushi had only breached the shores of California a mere decade prior in 1964, when Chef Mashita of the Tokyo Kaikan restaurant in Los Angeles created the first "California Roll." Not yet the cultural phenomenon ubiquitous in strip malls across the country, Sushi was practiced only by master technicians in their stark temple-like kitchens of buddhist simplicity. A knife, the fish, and the hands of a master were the traditional Japanese ingredients upon which Modern American Sushi built it's own identity. Chef Makio honed his craft with fellow visionaries at Manhattan's Tokubei 86 and the French-Fusion Cafe Seiyoken before realizing his dream with the opening of Satsuma-Ya Japanese Restaurant in 1989. This family business was the talk of Mamaroneck, NY for over a decade, and Mike, as regulars at Satsuma started to call him, was often praised by patrons and press for his meticulous craftsmanship and artistic flair. Satsuma-Ya was a reflection of Mike's roots in the Kogoshima Prefecture (formerly Satsuma) where he was raised and began his culinary career at the age of 19. Great Sushi is informed by Japan's rich cultural appreciation for aesthetics and balance. The arts of ike-bana (flower arranging), origami (artistic paper folding), ukiyo-e (woodblock printing), kabuki (classical dance drama), bonsai (topiary sculpture) and other Japanese cultural institutions can be found reflected on the plate. From Manhattan to Westchester, Poughkeepsie to Long Island, Makio has been infused with New York "Chutzpah" without loosing sense of his roots. Satisfied with his accomplishments, Idesako had closed Satsuma's doors in 2005 for a brief retirement when he received a call from John Novi, chef/owner of the DePuy Canal House in High Falls, NY. Hailed by Time Magazine as "The Father of New American Cooking," Novi's successful fine dining bistro was lacking the essential flavor of Sushi. Turning to his friend Makio, together they created Amici Sushi, and the public immediately took notice. It was at Amici that Makio perfected his Omakase - A style of Sushi service where the patron entrusts the Chef to curate an innovative selection of hand picked dishes. Omakase is likened to an artistic performance, highlighting the Chef's mastery of technique, fish selection and palate as offerings transition from delicate to bold over as many as ten courses. With the success of Amici came the opportunity to migrate to Bull & Buddha, a massive undertaking by restauranteur Jacob Frydman. Makio brought his skills to this upscale Poughkeepsie restaurant, and continued to receive high praise for his sushi, especially the Omakase. With momentum at his back and a world of innovation ahead, Makio left the Bull & Buddha to take on a new vision at SushiMakio.
New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best sushi I've ever had...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

Not only does SushiMakio have the best sushi in the Hudson Valley, it's the best sushi I've had anywhere.

I discovered this restaurant last winter while randomly driving by and have been back every few weeks (sometimes more often) ever since. It's absolutely incredible how good the food is and we usually end up ordering a second round...the salmon is to die for.

Makio and the waitstaff are always very pleasant and friendly and I've never had anything but great service. They are very welcoming and knowledgeable and it's always a great experience to dine here.

I really cannot say enough good things about SushiMakio, I've recommended it to many friends and family and will continue to do so.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MyHrtinSanFran
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Ossining, New York
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went there because of the great reviews, and indeed, the food was delicious.
However, there are some things that can be improved; service for example. Our dishes were prepared and sitting on the counter for a while before they got noticed, and then the waiter tried to deliver it to another table.
Rolls are creative, although the selection is rather small compared to other places. But what they make is made expertly.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Aleksandra L
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SushiMakio I, Public Relations Manager at SushiMakio, responded to this review, September 5, 2014
Hi Aleksandra,

Thank you for taking the time to review SushiMakio and share your experience.

While we always strive for nothing less than a 5 star experience, your feedback has been very helpful. As a new restaurant we are always evolving to meet both the increasing demand and expectations of our guests.

In fact, after reading your review, we have changed our process to ensure that delivery of each dish is brought the the correct table by utilizing a duplicate ordering system.

You also mentioned that the menu selection at SushiMakio was small?

We are a little confused by that. I am not sure what other sushi restaurants you've frequented offered, but our menu has over 34 types of rolls, 31 types of sushi, sashimi and gunkan that can be ordered ala carte, 13 appetizers, and 10 dinner and noodle options as well as dessert. Additionally, Makio always offers 3 "specials" every night.

We also have an extensive beverage menu consisting of over 10 types of Sake, along with wine (red, white and plum) and beer (Saparro, Kirin and Koshihikari Echigo) - all imported from Japan.

Makio strives to provide an Authentic Japanese experience for his guests and focuses on preparing dishes that are an accurate representation of the culture in which he was born and raised. With that said, many of the "other sushi places" in the area may offer more selections, but we assure you that a majority of those items would never be served or offered in Japan.

Aleksandra, thanks again for taking the time to provide your feedback; we appreciate it and we hope that you will come back again soon.
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Stone Ridge, New York
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The best sushi in the Hudson Valley...by far!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2014

Everything here is so delicious and so fresh it makes you wonder about freshness at other sushi restaurants. Makio is a sushi master. It's fun to sit at the sushi bar and watch him craft his gems.
I've had the Omakase, which is a 10-course chef's choice dinner, twice and it's a wonderful gustatory treat.
For those of us living in western Ulster Co or in neighboring northern Dutchess, we are lucky to have SushiMakio in our back yard. For others. the trip is well worth is.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank micmir
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Outstanding Sushi in Kingston”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2014

I have been to SushiMakio three times. Every time I have had a great experience. The fish was totally fresh and delicious. I found this to be the best sushi restaurant in the Hudson Valley.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Olaf M
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New York, New York, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“BELIEVE ALL THE OTHER REVIEWS”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2014

This sushi is amazing. Makio is amazing. Be adventurous in your selection as Makio has specials and is such an expert. Believe the reviews. Go here. Go often.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Stef G
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