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Michelin-Starred Suzuki Is Serving Rare, Once-Deadly Blowfish

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Japanese delicacy fugu can now be found at Suzuki and Satsuki

Beginning today, Satsuki and Suzuki — the ambitious Midtown nine-month-old kaiseki and Michelin-starred omakase sushi bar — will serve fugu, one of the world’s most poisonous fish.

Toshio Suzuki and his son Yuta began offering the spendy seasonal Japanese delicacy around six years ago at the now defunct Sushi Zen, where they presented detoxified parts of the dangerous pufferfish via several preparations. Now, they’re continuing the tradition as one of New York’s very few restaurants — Masa has been known to serve fugu in the past, too — ...

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Japanese Tasting Menu from Michelin-Starred Chef Arrives in Chelsea This Week

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Kaseki restaurant Okuda has stars in Paris and Tokyo

Decorated kaiseki chef Toru Okuda — who counts a string of one and two Michelin star restaurants between Tokyo and Paris — will debut his first U.S. concept this week in Chelsea.

The third location of his namesake Okuda opens on Wednesday at 458 West 17th Street near 10th Avenue, with a seven-seat counter-style dining room and a private dining room for six.

Here, the chef is offering for his nine-course kaiseki menu for $195 — a meal dedicated to the balance and purity of flavor in seasonal and local ingredients, ...

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Vegan World Celebrity Chef Will Open a Mexican Spot in the East Village

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Bar Verde is one of two restaurants Matthew Kenney is opening this fall

Self-anointed “world’s leading plant-based chef” Matthew Kenney is opening two restaurants back to back this fall: He’s following up hard-to-read XYST on November 1, with the more straightforward Bar Verde, a vegan Mexican restaurant in the East Village.

This will be the third restaurant for Kenney, who rose to prominence following Irving Place’s embroiled but now defunct Pure Food + Wine. Bar Verde will debut in the East Village, next door to 00 + Co. with the same address as the vegan pizza shop he opened on ...

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The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, December 2017

Source: Eater NY

Bottoms up

Welcome to the Cocktail Heatmap, a guide to the hottest drinking dens of the moment with info like where to grab a cocktail, a refreshing version of a bloody mary, or even a fancy sake bomb. For Eater’s guide to New York’s top cocktail bars (both old and new), check out this list.

Added in December: Celestine, Tetsu, The Lobster Club

Added in November: The Aviary, Ferris, Shuka, Vini e Fritti

Added in September: Caffe Marchio, Claro, The Lost Lady, Tokyo Record Bar, Until Tomorrow

Note: Restaurants are listed by geography, south to north in ...

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One of Vegan World’s Biggest Celebrities Plans a New NYC Restaurant

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It’s called XYST, or “Exist”

Self-described “world’s leading plant-based chef” Matthew Kenney of Irving Place’s embroiled yet now defunct Pure Food + Wine will open XYST in early November. The restaurant will debut in conjunction with Yves Jadot Restaurant Group, behind Raines Law Room, Dear Irving, and The Bennett in the Petite Abeille space at 44 West 17th Street.

The 80-seat restaurant with indoor and patio seating will offer a menu of Mediterranean share plates plus family-style vegetable preps, like avocado with preserved lemon, radish, and tomato jam; za’atar roasted carrots with pistachio yogurt; and Tunisian-spiced squash ...

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Former Ichimura Spot Serving Kappo-Style Menu

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Shoji at 69 Leonard Street debuts September 20

Additional details now in on that Ichimura revamp: Proprietor Idan Elkon has indeed renamed his cozy Tribeca space Shoji at 69 Leonard Street, helmed by New York-native Derek Wilcox, who will plate a kappo-style menu, featuring 16 to 18 courses built of both kaiseki and Edomae sushi (which includes steamed, fried, simmered, raw, and grilled preparations). The $210 menu is down from Ichimura’s $300 price.

Elkon confirms that Wilcox will remain at the restaurant for at least the next six months, and possibly longer. He says he decided to ...

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Wd~50 Alum Opens Izakaya-Inspired Restaurant This Week

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It’s a Kips Bay spot from John McCarthy

The wd~50 alum John McCarthy, owner of The Crimson Sparrow in Hudson upstate, will open Oka: his interpretation of Japanese izakaya on August 23. But don’t come in looking for a traditional Japanese bar experience.

“Technically, there is very little [Japanese] authenticity to the menu or space,” says McCarthy. As one would find at an izakaya — where small plates complement booze —McCarthy’s dishes call for various cooking techniques (frying, fermentation, raw) and are inspired by what he’s tried abroad.

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16 Outstanding Japanese Tasting Menus That Go Beyond Sushi

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An omakase can mean more than just sushi

Domestically, we most commonly use omakase to describe sushi experiences in which one sits at a bar before a chef who decides the day’s menu. But those who have dined in Japan know that an omakase meal can center around numerous different foods, from yakitori to tempura to wagyu beef.

Japanese tasting menus come in various forms. For example, kappo-style is when a diner sits at a chef’s counter and watches a chef prepare a multi-course set menu — which can involve both raw and cooked dishes, some simple, others more ...

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Sushi Yasuda Alum Takes Over a New West Village Omakase Restaurant

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Omakase Room by Tatsu opens next week

A veteran of lauded Midtown restaurant Sushi Yasuda will soon be helming the bar of a new eight-seat, 500 square-foot omakase restaurant downtown.

Omakase Room by Tatsu, named for the decade-long Yasuda vet Tatsuya Sekiguchi who’s taken over the space, will open Wednesday, July 12. It’s under ownership of The Group, the team behind West Village restaurants Boucherie, Dominique Bistro, and Olio e Piu. They’ve rejiggered the pricey, short-lived micro sushi bar Akashi at 14 Christopher Street into a more affordable restaurant.

That said, it’s still $120 for the omakase menu, down ...

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These May Be the Biggest Japanese Restaurant Openings of the Year

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Midtown’s Mifune and Sushi Amane bring in two Michelin-starred chefs

Mifune (245 East 44th Street), the Japanese restaurant which houses the most important sushi counter to hit New York this year, is slated to debut in the next two weeks. In the same building there’s Sushi Amane, the 8-seat subterranean omakase counter helmed by Shion Uino— second-in-command at Tokyo’s Sushi Saito, the bar with three Michelin stars many regard as the best sushi in Tokyo — will follow. Both are current hosting friends and family.


Split between a ground floor dining room and a lower level, Mifune ...

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Sushi Ishikawa Drops Affordable Omakase on UES Next Week

A former O Ya New York executive chef mans the restaurant

Come June 7, former O Ya New York executive chef Don Pham will debut Sushi Ishikawa, a reasonably-priced, 500-square foot omakase-only sushi bar on the Upper East Side.

Slated to serve two seasonal omakase menus priced at $85 for 12 nigiri bites or $125 for 15 nigiri bites, the 23-seat restaurant at 419 East 74th Street is equipped with room for 11 at the bar, presided over by Pham and a sous chef. It will not serve a la carte sushi.

Pham says he’s sourcing fish from around the world, though there’s a clear focus on Japanese waters. While his maguro (blue fin) originates in Spain, kengani (hairy crab) and mama tako (live octopus) land in New York by way of Hokkaido. His uni arrives via Kyushu.

Sushi Ishikawa Drops Affordable Omakase on UES Next Week
Sushi Ishikawa

In the last two years, Manhattan has experienced a swell of spendy sushi spots which, thanks to a price point of over $200 per person, lands these bars in the special occasion dining category. Though Pham will garnish certain bites with Russian Osetra caviar, he’s aiming for his first solo effort to be more of a neighborhood place, hence his reasonable cost.

The Upper East Side is no stranger to omakase dining. Sushi Ishikawa will have to contend with nearby darling Tanoshi Sushi, another vendor of affordable omakase dining, in addition to Los Angeles export Sasabune. Also in the nabe are Sushi of Gari, Sushi Seki, with newbie Suzuki a bit farther south.

The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, August 2017

Source: Eater NY

Bottoms up

Welcome to the Cocktail Heatmap, a guide to the hottest drinking dens of the moment with info like where grab a cocktail with green bell pepper, a refreshing version of a bloody mary, or an Old Fashioned with coffee. For our guide to New York’s top cocktail bars (both old and new), check out this list.

Added in August: Fairfax, The Pool Lounge, Pilot, Sen Sakana

Note: Restaurants are listed by geography, south to north in Manhattan, north to south in Brooklyn

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David Bouhadana Drops Sushi Counter Next Week With Space for Pop-Up Chefs

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The acclaimed sushi chef debuts Sushi by Bou on Monday

Former Sushi Dojo captain and gloveless crusader David Bouhadana will debut his next Japanese engagement next Monday, May 15. Sushi by Bou claims an eight-seat counter within Meatpacking’s Gansevoort Market, although Bouhadana will only serve his omakase to diners at the bar’s front four seats. At the remaining four, a rotating roster of guest sushi chefs will pop-up and present an entirely different menu to customers along the bar’s left side. That area will be Sushi by Bae.

Sushi by Bou

Within Gansevoort Market, Bouhadana will continue to ...

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Where to Find Cocktails That Won’t Get You Hammered

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Drink up

These days, it’s not terribly challenging to find sophisticated cocktails made from lower-proof liquors, part of a growing pursuit of a mellower buzz. Here’s a collection of New York’s top haunts that dedicate entire (or partial) cocktail menus to low-abv (alcohol by volume) drinks.

Note: Restaurants are listed based on geography, starting with lower Manhattan and then down through Brooklyn.

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KazuNori, Hand Roll Sensation from Sugarfish, Debuts on Friday

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Prepare for five-hour lines

The team behind white-hot Los Angeles omakase export Sugarfish will roll out its second fish concept, KazuNori. The hand-roll bar, with two SoCal outlets, hits Nomad (15 W. 28th St.) on Friday with a 24-seat bar and both a la carte and set-menu options like three to six hand rolls per order, in combinations that include toro, yellowtail, snapper, and crab.

According to partner Lele Massimi, the company picked Nomad because they “love the neighborhood’s vibe and love that it’s also a food-centric destination.”

Just like Sugarfish — the group’s affordable, quality-minded sushi chainlet which ...

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Suzuki, Spiritual Successor to Sushi Zen, Opens This Month

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Two dining experiences and a bar from Yuta and Toshio Suzuki

Longtime New Yorkers know the importance of the 30-year old Sushi Zen — the pioneer in serving raw fish that closed last year. Owner Toshio Suzuki is a New York sushi legend, having trained acclaimed chefs like Masaharu Morimoto and one of the few people in New York to offer fugu, the deadly pufferfish. Now he’s back, with his son Yuta, opening Suzuki at 114 West 47th Street in Midtown by mid-March.

The new Suzuki encompasses three separate dining venues plus a private dining room, all linked by ...

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5 Drinks to Try Right Now in New York City

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Here are some drinks to try over the holiday weekend ahead

For One Last Taste of Fall…

Head to: Lalo, former El Rey chef Gerardo Gonzalez’s hip California-styled café that doesn’t shy away from unsung flavor mashups.

Drink: Milk Punch ($13, pictured above), the classic clarified milk drink, is spiked with rum and bourbon, reminding us through star anise and persimmon of the season that just passed.


For a Quick Trip to the Tropics…

5 Drinks to Try Right Now in New York City
[The diver down from Speedy Romeo; courtesy of Speedy Romeo]

Head to: Speedy Romeo, the unfussy pizza joint — which now counts two locations ...

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5 Drinks to Try Right Now in New York City

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Where to drink and what to order this weekend.

As the warm weather draws to an end, bartenders around the city are serving the summer’s final slushies and glasses of rosé, while others are beginning to mix and muddle fall flavors into liquid submission. Below, five ways to sign out one season, and ring in the next.

To feel Like a Kid Again

5 Drinks to Try Right Now in New York City

Image courtesy of The Eddy.

Head To: The Eddy, one of the East Village’s coziest New American nooks, is a place for creative cocktails, too. 
Drink: Boba, Bubble, Tea ($15) is an adult play on the popular ...

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Sushi Dojo’s David Bouhadana Is Back With NY’s First Outdoor Sushi Bar

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Those still lamenting sushi chef David Bouhadana‘s abrupt depart from hit East Village omakase bar Sushi Dojo will be pleased to know that he’s back … sort of. But his latest venture is separate from Sushi Bouhadana, the 12-seat omakase bar and whiskey lounge on Eldridge he plans to debut in October. Last Friday, Bouhadanaalong with partner Derek Feldmansoft opened Sushi on Jones, a four seat, outdoor omakase bar pop-up in Noho’s new micro food alley, The Bowery Market. But wait — here’s the catch. While Bouhadana created the menu and ...

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5 Cocktails to Try in New York Right Now

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A cheap ticket to Rio is just an uber away. Spiked with sherry, of course. And what happens when Mexico rethinks the negroni? Below, five great cocktails happening in New York right now.

If You Like Jack and Coke

5 Cocktails to Try in New York Right Now

Photo by Matty Kim.

Head To: Salvation Burger, is the place for chef April Bloomfield’s (The Spotted Pig) reinvented Americana farewhich mostly translates to great burgers and a few extras, like an awesome spiralized vegetable salad.

Drink: Whiskey & Cola ($14): Better ingredients bring this bar basic to a new level.

[Note: Salvation Burger is ...

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Los Angeles Sushi Darlings Sugarfish and KazuNori Are New York-Bound

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The sushi chainlet has a cult following

Huge news for sushi fanatics: After years of speculation and at least one failed knockoff Los Angeles’ beloved omakase sushi chainlet Sugarfish is heading east. And along for the ride comes newer hand roll specialist, KazuNori.

Here’s the deal: Four and a half years after scouting spaces in Manhattan, the Sugarfish team of OG Los Angeles chef Kazunori Nozawa (Sushi Nozawa) and partner Jerry Greenberg have signed a lease near Gramercy Tavern to take two floors at 33 E. 20th Street, currently Moore Brothers Wine Company (which will relocate to ...

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Five Cocktails to Try in New York Right Now

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Boozy New York happenings that you should know about include matcha cocktails, pisco, and many avenues of coconut. Below, the proof is in the glass.

To Pretend You’re Drinking Something Healthy

Five Cocktails to Try in New York Right Now

Head To: Osteria Morini, because the Michael White haunt is so much more than prosciutto and pasta.

Drink: Sweet Leaf ($15) is a take on the classic sour, and a playful step toward spring. Matchathe de rigueur anti-oxidant-rich ingredient for beverages hot and cold—is matched with sage and lime, further accented by Oxley gin botanicals.

Photo by Nick Solares.

Five Cocktails to Try in New York Right Now

Head To: Llama Inn, the ...

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5 Drinks to Try Right Now in New York City

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Where to drink and what to order this weekend.

It’s one of the most popular drinking days of the year: Thanksgiving Eve. So, if you’re kicking it around Manhattan and keen to try some seasonal, tiki, or Japanese-flavored libations, here’s where to start.

FOR A SEASONAL GROWNUP SLUSHIE

Head To: Leyenda, the newish Brooklyn addition from cocktail dream team Julie Reiner (Clover Club) and Ivy Mix (Tales of the Cocktail’s Best Bartender in America, 2015), celebrates spirits and plates from Latin America.

Drink: The Headless Horseman ($12) bridges the gap from summer to fall. This fiery yet frozen take on ...

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