Loosely inspired by filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 cult classic, House, this Japanese izakaya from Tadashi Ono (Matsuri) is whimsically outfitted with French-Japanese movie posters, magnet-covered walls and handheld video games. The yakitori grill is the focal point of the plywood-walled dining room, firing skewers of chicken gizzard, beef tongue and pork belly. At the sushi bar, raw-bar items (botan shrimp, sea scallops) are served with yuzu mignonette and wasabi cocktail sauce, alongside sashimi standards like hirame and amber jack. Twenty-seven bottles of sake—seven by the glass—and Japanese draft beers (Asahi, Sapporo) are available in the restaurant, but for cocktails, head to the basement’s 25-seat cocktail bar: The Honda's Revenge features Yamazaki 12-year whiskey, ginger, yuzu and five-spice syrup, while Kato's Kick is made with tequila, shiso, cilantro syrup, ginger beer, fresh jalapeño and lime. Beyond the downstairs bar, find a mirrored karaoke lounge with themed private rooms: One is styled as a Japanese classroom with desks, while another is park-inspired and decorated with tree stumps.
|Venue name:||Maison O||Contact:|
98 Kenmare St
|Cross street:||between Centre and Mulberry Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 6pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 6pm–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Spring St|
|Price:||Average small plate: $12. AmEx, MC, V|