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HOURSTue.-Sat.: 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun.: 5:30pm-10:30-pm; Mon.: Closed
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTREE; KAISEKI DINNER)USD 9-28; USD 15-42; USD 95, 120, 150
FAMOUS PLATESSweet potato tempura; monkfish liver
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; wine; sake; soju; tea
# OF SEATSAround 25 (including 10 at the counter)
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - for six
SUBWAYAstor Pl. (6); 1st Ave. (L)
The word is out among serious foodies on this subterranean Japanese gem, but fortunately a scene has yet to materialize. The entrance is only marked by a simple “Open” sign, but the interiors, with their cherry wood walls, profuse potted plants, and barrel brick ceilings, are warm and welcoming. Space is limited to eight tables and the small stretch of a counter, but all will be lucky to find meticulously arranged morsels of gorgeous Japanese food (served on handmade plates). One of the stars of the menu, the kaiseki dinner (a 10-course meal usually served during formal tea ceremonies) offers an intimate view into the ancient traditions of the cuisine, and may just be one of New York’s best kept secrets.
Young and hip neighborhood foodies, Japanese expats, and Japanese food lovers.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s easygoing and stylish casual; try a three-quarter sleeve blouse, capris, dressy flats, and decorative scarf or equally fashionable accessory.
GO HERE WITH
A friend or two; significant other; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s a beautiful space and possesses a transportive quality that makes 7th Street seem like a world away. Always a treat to find that sort of escape in New York. We also loved their tea selections, you must try them!
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
You really need to set aside a whole night for their signature kaiseki. The wait time between courses can sometimes feel drawn out.
GOOD TO KNOW
There are three kaiseki meals from which to choose: USD 95, USD 120, USD 150. If you are interested in doling out USD 150 for the most expensive kaiseki dinner, keep in mind that the restaurant requires two days notice for proper preparation (you can let them know when you make your reservation). Kaiseki is a form of Japanese dining similar to a tasting menu, with special emphasis on presentation and preparation. This form of dining originated in 16th century Japan, to accompany the tea ceremony.
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