Manhattan – East Village
94 E 7th St between First Ave and Ave A
The city"s most ambitious Japanese speakeasy is marked only by an open sign, but in-the-know eaters still find their way inside. The food, presented on beautiful handmade plates, is gorgeous: Maitake mushrooms are fried in the lightest tempura batter and delivered on a polished stone bed. Sushi (we tried the salmon) is pressed with a hot iron onto sticky vinegared rice. The fish is topped like a still life with its own microgreen forest. The few desserts--including an extra silky crème caramel--are just as ethereal as the savory food. Hurry in soon; word"s getting out.
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- Average main course: $20. AmEx, Disc, MC, V