Acclaimed sushi restaurant and former Eater 38 member Ushiwakamaru is planning to return to the New York scene next week in its new Chelsea home. Chef and owner Hideo Kuribara tells DNAinfo that the restaurant will open by Friday, August 7, and the traditional omakase menu will be fairly similar to what sushi purists had at the original. In January, Kuribara was forced to close that space on Houston because of what appeared to be a rent hike.
Shortly after, he told Eater (via Blue Ribbon chef Kazutaka Limori) that the new space would have 18 spots at the sushi bar, plus another 20 seats at tables, and possibly room for five or six people at a sake bar. A large format Japanese dinner for home delivery for 10+ people, was also teased, as was a late-night sushi-free menu with sake and ochazuke, a rice dish with tea and toppings. Hopefully, some of these ideas will come to fruition on 23rd Street. Stay tuned.