An early start to cherry blossom season didn't disrupt Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual Sakura Matsuri fest, the culmination of Hanami. The two-day celebration of all things Japanese filled the grounds with revelers wearing whimsical anime costumes and traditional kimonos, plus a rather menacing group of samurai swordsmen. The cosplay fashion show had us wondering how hard it is to go to the bathroom in a bumblebee-robot costume.
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Restaurateur Besim Kukaj strays from his Italian-accented portfolio (Cara Mia, Gallo Nero, Il Bastardo) with this colorful, Chelsea-set Mexican eatery. From the kitchen, find shareable appetizers such as shredded beef tacos, poached shrimp ceviche and a gluten-free salad built with cactus, grasshoppers, roasted corn and cipollini onions. For a larger bite, signature entrees range from plancha-sautéed Chilean sea bass to huitlacoche (corn truffle) enchiladas.
Venue says: “Come to try Camarones en Salsa Oaxaqueña. Jumbo Shrimp, squid ink rice, chile mulato dry and Shrimp Sauce - Yummy!”