The restaurant, a collaboration with Osaka’s Tsuji Cooking Academy, brings kaiseki cuisine – the intricate, formal multicourse meals at the pinnacle of haute Japanese cooking – into a surprisingly relaxed and accessible setting.
If there’s a jollier sushi chef in New York, we don’t know who it is – Toshihiro Uezu’s friendly mug has been welcoming raw-fish cognoscenti and rookies alike at this venerable toro temple since 1977, a gaiety that belies the seriousness of his skill.
Whipping out fish anatomy charts and well-worn books to show where the exceptional cuts of smooth, deep-red tuna come from, Shimizu schools novices and aficionados alike. Superlative nigiri with a side of education? We’ll happily sign up for instruction.
At this 20-seat sushi counter from rock-star chefs Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim—formerly of Neta—a cool $135 prompts an omakase chef's selection) of exceptionally made edomaezushi served in its purest form, each lightly lacquered with soy and nestled atop a slip of warm, loosely packed rice.
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