Two of my favorite restaurants have closed within the last few weeks. Teshigotoya, an izakaya favorite in the East Village that I introduced in this blog last year, closed its doors on October 10. Dieci is the second one that actually closed last month. I have known about Dieci’s existence for two years, and I regrettably only recently had the chance to visit again – I made it a point to do so when I heard the news that they were closing. Dieci has been in business in the Lower East Side for over ten years and has developed quite a favorable reputation for its Italian-fusion Japanese menu. According to their general manager, Takashi Yamada, the reason for closure is because of rent costs.
Takashi, now actually one of my friends, is excellent at pairing sake with food. During this recent visit four other sake-loving friends just asked him to select whatever he felt was a good match for our food. I ordered a Filet Mignon Steak that I honestly believe was the best I have had in several years. It had a delicious mushroom sauce along with truffle soy reduction that matched perfectly with my Nigori Dassai sake. One friend ordered black cod, or widely known as Gindara Saikyo, a popular line up in Japanese restaurants in NYC. Unlike just plain grilled cod, the one here is like a rice bowl with truffled mushroom risotto and poached egg. This is somewhat of a unique method of preparation, which had me wondering about the taste. I learned that natural juices of the fish blended into the rice risotto that created a delicious mild, savory soy flavor.
It is disappointing that I can no longer dine at such great places and/or introduce these two to fellow New Yorkers. Unfortunately this is a sad trend in NYC (and frankly, probably true in a number of U.S. cities) where small business owners cannot afford sustaining their business because of rent increases. But good news – Dieci is looking for a new location! Stay tuned to this blog, as I will announce their new location and information as soon as it becomes available.
Price: Entrees $22-28
Neighborhood: East Village
Dress code: Casual
Private Party and Group Dinner: They accommodate private parties of up to 40 people for standing room and 23 people for seated dinner.