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Ichimura Chef Indefinitely Steps Aside for Health Issues

A rotating group of chefs will take over in his absence

Eiji Ichimura wearing chef’s whites and a white hat behind a sushi counter.
Eiji Ichimura
Nick Solares

A little more than four months after its splashy opening, pricey sushi spot Ichimura is without the chef that gives it its name. Due to health issues, chef Eiji Ichimura has taken a leave of absence, owner Idan Elkon tells Eater.

A rotating group of sushi chefs will be covering for him while he’s gone. They have not yet been announced. It goes into effect this Friday, June 9, and Elkon notes that this is a temporary arrangement.

In anticipation of the undoubted disappointment from diners, Ichimura has lowered the price of its omakase to $200 a person, a $100 discount. It’s an interesting move, one that acknowledges that chef Ichimura is the top draw of the restaurant.

Ichimura opened in late January as one of the spendiest places to eat sushi in New York City. Before that, chef Ichimura drew acclaim at his counter at Brushstroke, earning two Michelin stars at the bar space alone.

Stay tuned for more.

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