Kyo Ya

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East Village
The city’s most ambitious Japanese speakeasy is marked only by an open sign, but in-the-know eaters still find their way inside. The food, presented on beautiful handmade plates, is gorgeous: Maitake mushrooms are fried in the lightest tempura batter and delivered on a polished stone bed. Sushi (we tried the salmon) is pressed with a hot iron onto sticky vinegared rice. The fish is topped like a still life with its own microgreen forest. The few desserts—including an extra silky crème caramel—are just as ethereal as the savory food. Hurry in soon; word’s getting out.
Venue name: Kyo Ya
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Address: 94 E 7th St
New York

Cross street: between First Ave and Ave A
Opening hours: Tue–Sat 5:30–11:30pm; Sun 5:30–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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