Restaurants, Japanese Murray Hill
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Over centuries, Japanese restaurants have refined the art of kaiseki ryori—a virtuoso progression of seasonal small plates. At Nadaman Hakubai, the 7-course meal might start with lightly battered, fried river fish and a tiny block of sweet, dense tofu. More recognizable Japanese dishes may follow, like miso soup and a selection of sashimi. At the centerpiece of the meal are three blissfully succulent blocks of kobe beef, grilled on rocks and served with tender bamboo and asparagus. Service is exceedingly attentive, and the pace of the meal is relaxed, although the brightly lit, blond-wood setting isn’t made for lounging. For that, you’ll have to get a room upstairs.


Venue name: Hakubai
Address: The Kitano Hotel, 66 Park Ave
New York
Cross street: at 38th St
Opening hours: Daily 11:45am–2:30pm, 6–10pm
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average main course: $40. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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