Los Angeles omakase favorite Sushi Zo has made a name for itself here in New York City since its late 2015 opening in Greenwich Village, so much so that it has now added a second location dubbed Sushi Zo Hanare (Japanese for cousin, or extension) in Midtown East.
Now open at 127 East 39th Street, this second Zo is actually smaller than the original with just a nine-seat bar and no tables. That means it’s omakase-only at this petite outpost known for its diversion from the edomae-style sushi common in Japan. Instead, Zo calls their sushi Zo-style, or itai-kan — the “perfect harmony” between the seafood and rice.
For the first two weeks (until June 30), the 17- to 20-piece omakase is a discounted $200 as it navigates the opening, and then the price will rise to $250, whereas the downtown location remains $200. Japanese sake, Belgian-style beer, and white wines are on the drink menu.
This new location is in line with chef-owner Keizo Seki’s global expansion plans. Seki opened in Bangkok earlier this year, with Japan on the horizon and interest in Hong Kong.
Sushi Zo Hanare is now open weekdays with a seating at 6 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m.