Joining the growing ranks of Asian fusion restaurants in Westchester is NEO World Bistro & Sushi Bar. Chef and owner Sianto Njotoatmodjo is quick to point out the uniqueness of his dishes, however, which offer a global culinary tour beyond Asia.
The six-month-old NEO can be tricky to find, located on the basement level of a small office building. While there is an entrance to the building on the S. Moger Avenue side, diners may find it easier to access the restaurant from the rear parking-lot entrance (NEO is next door to the Gap.)
Inside, the sleek, minimalist décor is enhanced by mood lighting and lime-green walls. “Simple and modern,” explains Njotoatmodjo. “People love green.”
Njotoatmodjo, who doesn’t cook with a wok, preferring regular pots and pans, says NEO’s menu is a fusion of French, Asian, Indonesian, Mexican, and Italian cuisines and flavors. Appetizers ($3.95 to $11.95), include a ceviche martini, monkfish risotto roll, and shrimp shumai (Chinese dumplings made from scratch). “Everything is homemade; no frozen food,” says Njotoatmodjo.
Among the entrées: Bibimbap ($18.95), a traditional Korean dish of crispy fried rice with vegetables and meat, seafood bouillabaisse ($21.95), and lemongrass-marinated grilled New Zealand rack of lamb ($21.95).
Lunch offerings ($9.95 to $12.95) include savory crêpes, salads, and combo specials.
A full sushi bar presents a myriad of nigiri, sashimi, and maki options. The special rolls are named after positive words, like the joyful mango roll, and the kindness roll. All-you-can-eat sushi is available every Sunday and Monday for $24.95.
The restaurant plans to continue to internationalize the menu in the coming months, adding dishes such as a burrito filled with risotto. The Indonesian-born Njotoatmodjo also takes requests for traditional Indonesian dishes, which are not on the menu. NEO is working to obtain a liquor license and hopes to have one within the coming weeks. Reservations are recommended Friday to Sunday.
Have you made it over to NEO yet? Does its food set it apart from other Westchester fusion restaurants?
NEO World Bistro & Sushi Bar
69 S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco