Hiding in a basement of an East Village townhouse, this one may be a little challenge to find. No signs are in front, and it seems there is no intention to welcome first timers like me. I found it by spotting a pair of chopsticks between the brown window blinds. This is similar to Kyoto where restaurants often are hidden within a busy marketplace.
I ordered sake, Koku Ryu, as a starter, which is hard to find even in Japan. The menu was like a treasure box of Japanese authentic cuisine. I chose assorted sashimi (5 or 6 pieces), Kurobuta Kakuni slowly cooked pure berkshire pork belly, Black Cod Miso Glaze, and rice with miso soup. I believe that today’s highlight is having super fresh sashimi with Koku Ryu, Sake from Fukui. It is famous for best match with seasonal seafood.
Price: $117.58 for my selection
Dinning alone: Slightly uncomfortable, but counter is available
Dress code: High-end casual
Reservation: Strongly recommended
Atmosphere: Cozy modern Japanese architecture with warm woods. Quiet environment, excellent for an anniversary or special occasion. You can enjoy “Kyoto” feeling.