Monthly Archives: October 2016

Dieci

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.

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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.

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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.

http://www.dieciny.com

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