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Shuraku NYC: A Hidden High-End Japanese Restaurant

Dining Shuraku NYC Aburi Kinme Dai

If you enjoy a high-end Japanese tasting menu, Shuraku NYC is the place for you! With the finest seafood, meats and poultry from around the world, they prepare it all on their binchotan grill.

Dining Shuraku NYC Private Counter

We recently had a delicious experience at the recently open Shuraku NYC, located in the West Village.

This high-end spot opened on mid November. “Shu” means place of gathering, but its small door and façade makes it a gem hidden in one of Manhattan’s busy Avenues. We love it, of course!

As they explained:

“Chef Joe and Head Chef Ryunosuke Satoh met working at Tori Shin. Chef Joe says, ‘We learned from the best. I went to my favorite Japanese restaurant in New York and asked for a job.’ They recruited similarly disciplined colleagues from Ushiwakamaru and began testing their menus in Joe’s home kitchen. The result is a shared vision that is at once very Japanese and very NYC.”

The front part of the restaurant hosts clients interested in having the a la carte menu but, the back room is where the magic happens!

To start, the private 12-seat wooden counter permits you to be inches from the chefs. The experience starts when you witness the magic happening in that small kitchen area.

But, don’t underestimate it though, for they make miracle charcoal-grilled dishes in that space.

“Our simple preparations are meant to enhance and complement the natural flavor of our choice ingredients.”

There, they offer their famous Tasting Menu, that changes seasonally.

The food is prepared on a traditional Japanese binchotan grill, and served on dishes made in Japan specifically for each item on the menu. Cool, right?

Binchō-tan, also called white charcoal or binchō-zumi, is a type of charcoal traditionally used in Japanese cooking. The fineness and high quality of binchō-tan are attributed to steaming at high temperatures (about 1000 degrees Celsius).

Although it is often thought that binchō-tan burns hot, it actually burns at a lower temperature than ordinary charcoal but for a longer period, making it preferable by a number of chefs. Because it does not release unpleasant odours, it is a favorite of unagi (freshwater eel) and yakitori (skewered chicken) cooks.” ~ Wikipedia

Dining Shuraku NYC Aburi Kinme Dai
Dining Shuraku NYC Fried Lotus Root Crab Shrimp
Dining Shuraku NYC Sashimi
Dining Shuraku NYC Botan Ebi Kobujime
Dining Shuraku NYC Grilled Jumbo Carabineros Prawn
Dining Shuraku NYC Gyukatsu
Dining Shuraku NYC Tenderloin Ichibo
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Moreover, their current Winter Tasting Menu is an 8-course meal that will challenge all your taste buds with different textures, tastes and flavor combinations. The creativity is evident in all the dishes!

Take a look it:

  • 1st course: Sakizuke – Oboro tofu with dashi soy & wasabi
  • 2nd course: Oshinogi – Miyazaki beef sushi with nappa cabbage Ohitashi
  • 3rd course: Zensai – Fluke kobujime with karasumi and mentaiko monfish liver with ginger soy sauce
  • 4th course: Yakitori – Chicken oyster with lemon, Magret duck with Tokyo scallion and Yuzu kosho pork jowl with hibiki miso
  • 5th course: Hashiyasume – Japanese turnip in white miso soup
  • 6th course: Grilled Entrée – Washu beef (culotte) with cipollini onion, carabineros prawn with cherry tomato, hokkaido scallop
  • 7th course: Noodle – Inaniwa Udon, Ume Tororo
  • 8th course: Dessert – Satsuma sweet potato ice cream

Sounds amazing, right?

Well, we did try a few of these dishes during our visit and a couple additional ones! They were fantastic!

Dining Shuraku NYC Entree
Dining Shuraku NYC Sakizuke Oboro Tofu
Dining Shuraku NYC Edamame
Dining Shuraku NYC Sea Eel Anago
Dining Shuraku NYC Karaage Marinated Fried Chicken
Dining Shuraku NYC Cipollini Onion
Dining Shuraku NYC Grilled Aspargus
Dining Shuraku NYC Hashiyasume Miso Soup
Dining Shuraku NYC Yakitori
Dining Shuraku NYC Desserts
Dining Shuraku NYC Sake
Dining Shuraku NYC Winter Tasting Menu
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This is what we tried during our visit:

  • Entrée dish with veggies
  • Sakizuke – Oboro tofu with dashi soy & wasabi
  • Edamame
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Marinated fried chicken – Karaage
  • Hashiyasume – Japanese turnip in white miso soup
  • Cipollini onion with sake and soy
  • Sea Eel-Anago – white grill sea eel from Tsukiji
  • Yakitori – Chicken oyster with lemon, Magret duck with Tokyo scallion and Yuzu kosho pork jowl with hibiki miso

And for dessert, we tried a bit of each option:

  • Yazu cheese cake
  • Black sesame ice cream
  • Satsuma sweet potato ice cream

We definitely loved all 3 dessert options, but the black sesame ice cream is surely the most unique one!

The chef that took care if us, was Chef Sho, and he was fantastic! Super friendly, perfectly explained every dish and made us feel part of the experience – not only customers on the other side of the counter.

In addition, for their 1st Christmas Dinner they created another super unique tasting menu – the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” omakase.

FYI, “omakase” means a chef-curated meal, so the chef choses it all! Definitely a thrill!

“Christmas is coming, so in late December we’ll also let just a little bit of Italian-American heritage shine through. Chef Joe Conti’s Brooklyn Italian roots have inspired our Feast of the Seven Fishes omakase. Chef Sato and Chef Joe have put together a special 8 course tasting menu.”

So, take a look here a book your spot! Seating starts at 5:30pm!

For all other reservations, click here. If you’re organizing a Corporate Event, let our experts cater to your needs!

Hours:
Wednesday: 5:30pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Sunday: 5:30pm – 10pm

Location: 47 8th Avenue

www.shurakunyc.com

 

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3 Secret Japanese Restaurants That You Can’t Tell Others

Dining Bohemian Restaurant Dish

We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. This post was about 3 secret Japanese restaurants in town that we love!

Here is the Portuguese version and below, the English version:

The gastronomic scene in NYC is simply the best! New restaurants are always opening, renowned chefs are always daring and experimenting in their menus and novelties are always popping up in existing restaurants.

The coolest places in New York are certainly the most hidden ones. For anyone who is in love with Japanese cuisine, here are tips three secret Japanese restaurants, kept away from the eyes of the city’s tourists!


Zenkichi

Dining Zenkichi Restaurant Entrance
Dining Zenkichi Restaurant Tables
Dining Zenkichi Full Table
Dining Zenkichi Restaurant Abalone Uma Ni
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The Japanese restaurant, Zenkichi, is located in the neighborhood of Williamsburg – which we love!. It opened its doors nearly one decade ago and continues part of the short list of the most secret restaurants in town. The entrance is discrete, with a wooden door and a small number “77″.

With a typical oriental décor and low lighting, the tables are divided into small cabins where your privacy is preserved. Each table has a charming bamboo curtain blocking the view of people passing by the table. Each table also has a button to call the waiter, who promptly arrives to help you.

The restaurant offers an a la carte menu and a special chef’s tasting menu with 8 dishes, the “eight-cours Omakase”. This tasting menu is the apex of the place and changes every five weeks!

Location: 77 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

http://zenkichi.com


Sakagura

Dining Sakagura Restaurant Inside
Dining Sakagura Restaurant Dishes
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For connoisseurs of sake and lovers of traditional Japanese cuisine, Sakagura is “the place to go”. It was elected one of the top restaurants in New York.

Founded in 1996, it is considered one of the best authentic Japanese cuisine with top rated dishes elected by best gastronomic critics. It is also among the top sake bars in the United States and in the world, with more than 200 labels for tasting!

Furthermore, on the menu, the dishes have suggestions on the side to indicate the best sake combination. The restaurant is located inside the basement of an office building, so do not be surprised if you bump into suited men while walking in.

Location: 211 East 43rd Street, Midtown

www.sakagura.com


Last, but not least, you’ll surely love telling your friends about the whole experience at this next place. Certainly amusing!


Bohemian

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Located in the back of a Japanese butcher shop, in NoHo, Bohemian is perhaps one of the most coveted hidden restaurants in the city. It’s a hard place to find and you’ll surely think you in the wrong place. Plus, the long, dark corridor does make you think twice while walking in.

How it works? Well, first the phone number for reservations is not disclosed. The way to get a reservation is to try to find someone who has already been to the restaurant so they can give you the phone. This is the only way you’ll be able to call and schedule your reservation. Cool, right? (Pstttt…we have it!!!)

Everything there is a-m-a-z-i-n-g… from simple food (with inspiration in the American and French cuisines) to the minimalistic décor and background music – playing Japanese grooves, and even jazz and bossa nova! The tasting menu is a great price and nothing out of the ordinary…it goes for $55, with 6 dishes.

Contact us for their information!


Also, if you enjoyed discovering these three secret Japanese restaurants, take a look at our Self-Guided Tour of one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, called Greenpoint!

Lastly, you might also enjoy super unique, custom tours! At this Unique Custom Photo Tours, your guide is not only amazing, but they are photography experts that will take your pictures along the way!

Have fun exploring!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Restaurants, nicknamemiket, Shanna Ravindra, solaennuevayork

The Secret Restaurant Luksus At Tørst, In Greenpoint

Dining Luksus at Tørst Tasting Menu

This is one of the several hidden restaurants in Brooklyn! The secret restaurant Luksus at Tørst is located in one of our favorite neighborhood: Greenpoint!

Dining Luksus at Tørst Interior
Dining Luksus at Tørst Chef Daniel Burns
Dining Luksus at Tørst Thee Dessert
Dining Luksus at Tørst Tasting Menu
Dining Luksus at Tørst Beef Tartare
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This is exactly the type of spot we love exploring when we’re on our hunt for new spots in New York! Just the thrill of finding a hidden place, that not many people know about, is exciting.

The fact that there are no crowds of tourists, is even better! You agree?

To start off, the entrance is quite “camouflaged” if you’re not paying attention as you walk by.

At the back of the Danish craft beer bar named Tørst, you enter a small Nordic eatery in Greenpoint – Luksus. It’s actually right on Manhattan Avenue that is the dividing line between Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Chef Daniel Burn – ex-Momofuku, ex-Noma and ex-Fat Duck – is the talent behind the artistic dishes you will order. His prior experience? Pretty awesome resumé, right?

Also, if you enjoy tasting menus, they offer a unique seasonal tasting menu that go for $125/person and you can add drink pairing for an additional $55.

Wondering about Tørst? This beer bar is a great option to experiment different beer styles. Even if you’re not very fond of beer, we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your palate.

Oh! They offer some small bites, sandwiches and other dishes to share!

In conclusion, it’s certainly a haute Brooklyn dining experience in the 26 seat restaurant.

Plus, since you’re already around the neighborhood, be sure to explore more of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. You can take a look at our Self-Guided Tour of Greenpoint too!

Hours for Luksus Tasting Menu:
Tuesday & Wednesday: 7.30pm
Thursday – Sunday: 6.30pm & 9pm

Hours for Tørst:
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 2am

Location: 615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn

www.luksusnyc.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luksus, @jmoranmoya, The Infatuation

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