This Soho restaurant serves modern Japanese fare with a touch of French influence. The minimalist menu offers diners a few different options: They could either go for the omakase ($125), the prix-fixe menu ($55) or order a la carte. On a recent visit, the prix-fixe meal included seasonal sashimi, mackerel with truffle oil and Dijon mayonnaise, miso egg drop soup and several other dishes. If you’d prefer to pick out each dish yourself, you might be tempted by the wagyu beef with bell pepper jam ($39), uni with soy reduction and wasabi ($18) or the fluke with mountain yam ($13). To drink, order a bottle of sake ($31–58)—what else? The drink menu includes both beer and wine, as well.
Selecting fresh and quality ingredients and delivering it in its most natural form, Ato's team creates dishes believing that it is more than just food but also an artistic practice; therefore, the restaurant names itself after the Japanese pronunciation of "art." The restaurant houses a raw and minimal space, like a blank canvas highlighting the food.
"It's like one huge, empty bowl; the bowl accepts any ideas and concepts." And restaurant Ato would like to reflect that, William Shen says that his restaurant "carries that desire of communication as well as a receptive environment which creates room for creativity." Emphasizing on the real protagonist in the story he would like to share as a chef, is what he puts on the plate.
28 Grand Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat: 5:30p-11p; Closed Sunday|
|Price:||Average Price: $18|
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