Mifune — the upscale Japanese restaurant from two chefs with Michelin star experience — opened its doors to the public on Thursday, marking the debut of one of the biggest restaurant openings of the year. It’s a bi-level space at 245 East 44th Street in Midtown East with both a fine dining restaurant and an eight-seat omakase bar.
The Japanese-European restaurant has opulent dishes on the menu, like an uni roll topped with slices of truffle, courtesy of chef Hiroki Yoshitake, an alum of the Michelin-starred Sola in Paris.
His food is flush with luxe ingredients — caviar, wagyu beef, foie gras, truffle, and foams all make appearances on the menu — and some drinks from acclaimed bartender Shingo Gokan come with a dose of drama, too. A rye and koshu-aged sake cocktail called Seven Samurai arrives in a glass with bamboo smoke.
Diners can choose either an $120, eight-course tasting meal or select from an a la carte menu, which is split into appetizers, entrees, and sushis, rice, and soups. The full opening menus can be seen below.
Downstairs, chef Shino Uino mans the bar for a $250 omakase. He arrived in the U.S. from the three Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Sushi Saito, notoriously one of the most difficult tables to nab in Tokyo. Uino’s sushi is unique for its heavier seasoning.
Take a look at the space, and stay tuned for more.