Get those chopsticks ready: NYC’s top Asian hotspots are calling. From front row seats at Zuma’s Robata show to watching Jiro’s protégé in action at his very own outpost, these dining destinations are sure to please even the most discerning palate. Sake, anyone?
1 Momofuku Ko
Following its relocation to a brand new, sleek space straddling the line between NoHo and the East Village, the crown jewel of David Chang’s dining empire boasts twice the space and breathtaking eye candy in the form of a mural by street artist David Choe. Chang’s ever-evolving menu boasts a tasting menu serving up to 20 courses along with two Michelin stars for good measure. Seasonal ingredients and Chef’s inventive, avant-garde style elevate the dining experience in the realm of Asian cuisine, bringing fine dining and experimentation together in one dimly-lit, chic setting. Attaché Insider: Catch David Chang on Mind of a Chef for an inside look at the prodigal chef’s unique approach.
8 Extra Place at East 1st Street
2 Sushi Nakazawa
Omakase [oh-mah-kah-seh], noun: a Japanese phrase meaning "it's up to you." In other words, "chef's choice." In other other words, the foundation upon which Sushi Nakazawa was built. Japanese-born Daisuke Nakazawa, former apprentice to Jiro Ono, spent 11 years perfecting the art of sushi prior to making his pilgrimage to the US and eventually teaming up with industry guru Alessandro Borgognone to open what is now New York's most epic twenty-course sushi experience. There's a reason for the crowds a-clamoring for a seat at the sushi bar; seeing Nakazawa in action is as entertaining as his creations are mind-blowing. Attaché Insider: swing by before opening to catch Chef in action as he smokes various items on the sidewalk prior to dinner service.
23 Commerce Street between Bedford Street and Seventh Avenue South
This internationally acclaimed dining destination is a household name amongst New Yorkers and visitors alike, and for good reason: Masaharu Morimoto takes the art of sushi to a whole new level through combining traditional dishes and Western ingredients, along with inventive preparation methods in a fresh, unique approach. Not only is the Iron Chef a legend on his own, but partnering with restaurateur extraordinaire Stephen Starr makes this hotspot a force to be reckoned with. Menu highlights from the signature sashimi salad, a platter of seared toro, smoked salmon, barbecued eel, tuna, and hamachi to the duck trio of roasted leg, a foie gras-infused sandwich, and a soft duck egg showcase Chef’s inimitable style and keep diners on the edge of their seats. Attaché Insider: head downstairs for a peek at the 17,000 bottle wall sculpture weighing in at over 9 tons.
88 Tenth Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets
From his young years of delivering fresh sashimi to neighbors on his bicycle, to preparing and grilling hundreds of fish courses to catering weddings as a high schooler and ultimately owning a New York City restaurant empire, Chef Masayoshi Takayama is a true chef through and through. Masa brings an ethereal approach to the culinary realm through distinctive cuisine and a casually refined atmosphere, emphasizing the purity of being, living, and sensing across all elements of the dining experience. Omakase in its purest form brings both local and international foodies through the door with a tasting experience second to none. Attaché Insider: pull up a chair at the 10-seat sushi bar for a view of the chefs in action, and be sure to stop by Bar Masa for a post-dinner cocktail.
Time Warner Center | 10 Columbus Circle, 4th floor
Zuma co-founder and creator Rainer Becker brings his signature modern Japanese cuisine to Madison Avenue in a breathtaking bi-level beauty designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitt. The city’s first location is comprised of three unique kitchens, each of which highlight Zuma’s renowned flavors and presentation through a variety of mediums. Menu highlights include gyuhire sumibiyaki karami, a spicy, pillowy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili, and sweet soy, and buta-bara yuzu miso, a Kurobuta pork belly skewer with yuzu mustard mayo. Attaché Insider: ask for a seat at the robata grill for a full sensory experience.
291 Madison Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets