Sushi Tokyo Catskills, Review

by Frayda
shushi with spicy tuna and hot sauce

Sushi Tokyo of the Catskills is located on the banks of Loch Sheldrake. Kosher Cactus visited in the Summer of 2021. Thor review was written in June of 2022. 

Where  is Sushi Tokyo located?

sushi tokyo catskills street view

Sushi Tokyo is located at 1188 NY-52, on the shores of Loch Sheldrake. The restaurant sits on the 52 highway, almost exactly between Woodbourne and Liberty in upstate NY. 

What time is Sushi Tokyo open?

The restaurant is open from 11Am to 11PM, Sunday through Thursday, 11Am to 4PM on Fridays, and on Saturdays from 10PM to 1AM. 

As with almost all Kosher restaurants upstate, Sushi Tokyo is open seasonally, from June through September. 

Do I need to make a reservation?

sushi with spicy tuna and salmon avocado and crunch

You do not need to make a reservation at Sushi Tokyo, but you may have to wait a few minutes for a table, especially on a Sunday. ALthough the turnover is actually very fast, with a reputation for good food and good service, the restaurant fills up quickly. 

What is the vibe at Sushi Tokyo?

I love the restaurant space! Although there are some indoor seats, the restaurant had a gorgeous outdoor dining area, on the banks of Loch Sheldrake. It is absolutely beautiful during the day, with an amazing view, and stunning at night as well, with a cool breeze from the water. 

The outdoor space is well lit, and completely covered from the occasional summer storm. There are also bug zappers galore- fear not the mosquitos! 

battered fried fish fingers and chips

Basically everything. Obviously there is incredible sushi, but this Sushi Tokyo location also serves appetizers, like Fried Pickles and Sweet Potato Fries. Then there are Entrees- you can get Fish and Chips, or Tuna Steak, and more. The restaurant also has amazing salads, like the house Tokyo Salad, which is served with a mouth-watering ponzu dressing. 

What is on the menu at Sushi Tokyo?

Dynamite Sandwich Roll 

This is a fantastic sushi roll. It features salmon, non-dairy cream cheese, and avocado, battered and tempura-fried to golden. The cut roll is drizzled over with sweet sauce, and its a gorgeous take on a simple classic. 

Lawrence Roll

sushi roll with salmon and crunch on fancy dish

This is the roll that debuted at the Sushi Tokyo Lawrence location (review coming soon!). This has black pepper tuna, avocado, and crunch all wrapped in nori and white rice, and then battered and fried. The roll is topped with caramelized onion and spicy salmon. It’s some old favorites, put together in a new way. Delicious and beautifully presented. 

Cucumber Salad

This sounds simple: fresh cucumber with a ponzu dressing. It is not simple. The dressing is made with soy sauce and lime, and a plethora of other ingredients that just create a magic. This salad is refreshing, and the perfect light accompaniment to the rice-heavy sushi. 

Fish N Chips.

I love to order Fish and Chips from cafes and restaurants; it gives me a baseline indication of how good the overall food is. I know what it is supposed to taste like- does the restaurant measure up to my expectations? The answer, at Sushi Tokyo, is yes. A resounding yes, in fact. The Fish is cut into small finger-like strips, and then fried in a house-made batter. It’s just the right amount of salty to want a dipping sauce, but not too salty do desperately need a drink.  The Chips are a side of shoe string fries, perfectly crispy. And it’s all served up with a home-made tartar sauce. Exceptional. 

sushi Tokyo Catskills upstate outdoor seating

What else is on the menu?

  • Appetizers
  • Salads
  • Entrees
  • Tempura Rolls
  • Specialty Rolls
  • Nigiri / Sashimi
  • Platters

What is the best dish at Sushi Tokyo?

The Jalamachi Sushi roll. It’s made with simple ingredients: the freshest hamachi fish, jalapenos, scallions and white rice, but OMG. This pairs amazingly with sweet dipping sauce, where the spicy jalapenos are counterbalanced by the syrup. Its not too spicy, and every bite is incredible. 

What is the service like?

platter of assorted sushi

When we visited, it was Saturday night. We waited almost an hour for our food. But- we were the first customers. And the restaurant filled up very quickly after we arrived. And when we ordered more food, it arrived within 10 minutes. 

Our waiter was very gracious, apologetic about the wait, and brought us complimentary drinks. 

So no, I will not be returning on a Saturday night. But yes, I will go back any other day of the week. 

What Hashgacha are they under?

Sushi Tokyo is under the Kosher supervision of the OK. 

Does Sushi Tokyo serve drinks?

bowl of sushi salad avocado cucumbers salmon

The restaurant serves standard sodas and iced teas. They do not serve alcoholic beverages. 

Are there vegan/ vegetarian options on the menu?

Yes, Sushi Tokyo has vegan options. As a fish restaurant, all the dishes are vegetarian, but there are also some vegan options, like the Garden Salad. There are also some vegetable sushi roll options. 

Is Sushi Tokyo kid-friendly?

shushi with spicy tuna and hot sauce

Yes, the restaurant is kid-friendly- especially if your kids like sushi! Most of the seating is park-bench style, which is easy for little kids. Sushi Tokyo also has some infant high-chairs available. 

Is Sushi Tokyo wheelchair accessible?

Although some parts of the restaurant would be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller, there is an accessible restroom. You can also ask to be seated in a convenient location for your needs. 

Does Sushi Tokyo serve desserts?

Alas, the restaurant does not offer dessert. The food is so good, however, that you (as I did) might forget all about it. 

WAIT: I have it on good authority that the restaurant is planning to incorporate Sushi desserts into the menu. Not sure yet what that is exactly, but watch this space!

sushi with kani imitation crab avocado and cucumber

Final Thoughts

Yes, Sushi Tokyo was worth the hype. The waiters were helpful, the space was bright and clean and beautiful, and although we waited for our food… Well, the food was worth the wait. 

For our late night supper, which included 4 rolls, a salad to split, and 2 drinks, we paid $64