I received an e-mail from a reader of my blog and she said that recently I seemed to focus only on authentic choices for the past couple of months. And when I stopped to think about her message I came to the realization that she was right. When I started the blog I intended to write about Japanese-fusion restaurants also.
The 2016 winter NYC Restaurant Week was a good opportunity to talk about something new, and it gave me a chance to find out why Natsumi is so cool. According to their website, Natsumi specializes in Japanese-Italian fusion cuisine. Barbara Matsumura and Chef Haru Konagaya, formerly of Haru Restaurants, teamed up to create a strikingly original new destination in the heart of the Theater District.
At Natsumi there are various choices on the 3-course menu. Several options are available for each appetizer, main entrée, and dessert. Since my theme was fusion, I ordered sashimi taco (Salmon and Tuna sashimi on taco) for my appetizer, filet mignon with shiitake sauce for my entrée, and Cheese Cake Tempura for dessert. The quality exceeded my expectations in a big way; my friends who were along felt the same way about their choices. The liquor list has a number of international selections to include red, white, and sparkling wines and champagne by the glass and/or bottle. They also have available a large bottle of sake (isshobin) which is very unique outside of Japan.
Overall we were all impressed and decided that Natsumi would be a good choice outside of restaurant week and will definitely be back!!
Price: $38 for a pre-fix dinner menu during NYC Restaurant Week
Neighborhood: Times Square
Dress code: Smart casual
Private Party Venue: Lively lounge and recommended for gathering with friends