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||Contact:|
94 E 7th St
|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|