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Nearly a decade long search of unsuccessfully trying to find quality sushi in the Bronx and I finally came across what would change your opinion of the Bronx forever (or at least it should!). Ceetay, on Alexander Avenue, is transforming the face of the borough with its upscale, eclectic establishment full of the freshest fish in the borough and some of the most unique and delicious dishes you’ll ever find. Owned and operated by Amir Chayon, Ceetay is a revolutionary fixture in the Boogie Down. With head sushi chef, Dorji, this sushi house brings you the best of Asian fusion you can find from traditional and exclusive rolls, to an assortment of noodles and rice, right on down to grilled sushi for those who just can’t get with raw fish. Explore the beauty that Ceetay brings to life as Amir takes some time to discuss his establishment and its year long success.
Q. Why did you choose to make The Bronx Ceetay’s home? How long has the establishment been open?
A. On May 2nd, we celebrated our one year with a party that lasted until midnight. I lived in that neighborhood for 5 years now and I really believe that Ceetay is what the neighborhood needed.
Q. Tell us what sets Ceetay apart from a sushi restaurant in Manhattan?
A. In Manhattan you can find sushi restaurants on almost every 5 blocks. In the Bronx, you can’t. We give our customers (doesn’t matter who they are or what they do) the same amazing services. The place’s design is very simple and unique and it gives you the feel of being in the city but you never crossed the bridge, and that is what makes us special.
Q. What are your most popular dishes?
A. The Ceetay tuna bruschetta, Kawasaki roll, rainbow roll, Suzuki roll and chicken tikka masala.
Q. I noticed there were some grilled rolls on the menu – was that a business decision in the case raw fish didn’t go over so well with Bronx natives?
A. Not at all. You will be surprised how much the neighborhood is supporting and loving. The idea of adding those roll is to provide a bigger variety of rolls especially for those who are coming in 4 days a week.
Q. I’ve heard you can order whatever you want at Ceetay; what is the oddest request a customer has made to date?
A. First off, whoever told you that is fired! We do have customers who are coming in and asking our sushi chef, Dorji, to go and make them special roll. They do challenge him but so far no one was disappointed.
Q. How did you and Chef Dorji begin your collaboration with this restaurant?
A. We interviewed Dorji after he applied to an ad on craigslist. We saw a good young man that would be a good addition to our team. And we were right. Our customers know him personally by now, some of them order directly from him and he takes care of each and every one of them.
Q. What are some of the challenges in owning a restaurant of your caliber in the Bronx?
A. The biggest challenge of opening in the Bronx was not knowing for sure how the neighborhood will respond. We also knew that we can’t charge people Manhattan prices but we do have to provide the best fresh fish every day doesn’t matter how much it costs.
Q. Any final words to share with the readers of Uptown Collective?
A. I want to invite those readers that have not yet given us the chance to come and experience “Ceetay”. Because you’re going to love it!
Ceetay is located on 129 Alexander Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. For more information visit www.ceetay.com.
Today we quickly charted the announcement of subway stations equipped with wi-fi and cell service using a beautiful, faded-map design by Louise Ma and repurposing the technology Steve Melendez put together for our “Changing Trains” post-Sandy subway recovery map. Click through for today’s story and zoomable map.
I believe that God is ready to present you with new opportunities. He wants to open new doors before you. It doesn’t matter what’s happening in the world around you, God’s Word remains true!
Remember, in an instant, God can bring the right people into your life, the right opportunities, and the right resources to take you to a whole new level. Today, choose to keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Begin to thank Him for the opportunities that are just ahead for you. Shut the door on fear and let God lead you by His peace through the door of opportunity He has prepared for you!
Because we sometimes forget!
A showcase of the world’s black graphic designers, web designers, and web developers
Revision Path is a site started by mauricecherry with the main purpose of recognizing black designers in the industry. It features interviews with various creatives, ranging from graphic designers turned web designers with a certain affinity towards album covers to a Nigerian-born interaction designer who illustrates African children’s stories for his project Pixel Fable (which I highly recommend checking out, especially the story “Why the Sky is Far Away” that includes augmented reality features in addition to beautiful graphics). The site is currently looking for more people to interview (especially BlackFemaleCoders!!!) so if you are interested in being featured, get in touch with them via their contact page or twitter @RevisionPath!
The dream of going away to college and being successful is not the reality for a vast number of children in my hometown of the South Bronx in New York City due to known economic, social, and educational inequalities. Computer Science did not exist in my world until I…