Mea culpa, kids. As several Eater commenters observed, our misgivings about the establishment set to open in the former Varietal space on West 25th Street, one Rock-n-Sake by name, perhaps were overly hasty. Sayeth one commenter,
Look for good things here from Rock N Sake. These guys were washed out of New Orleans by Katrina and came north to find a new home. They now have a restuarant in downtown Port Washington and are now ready to take the plunge in Manhattan. If they can duplicate what they do on West 25th Street they are certain to be a hit with the hip and not so hip sushi lovers. They put the P in Presentation and the wait staff was always smiling while attending to their customers. Best of luck guys we look forward the grand opening.Shill or not, it is a fact that the Rock-n-Sake guys did indeed decamp from New Orleans post-Katrina, and that the reviews of their Long Island outpost have indeed been positive. So, an opening to keep an eye on, and for reasons beyond the cuisine; per one review, "The bathroom features projected movies on the floor to keep you entertained when nature calls." Community Board 4 will hear the application to transfer the liquor license to the new guys next week.
· Rock-N-Sake New York [Official Site]
· Some Thoughts on the Future of Chelsea Fine Dining [~E~]