Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone didn’t look too far for a partner of his new restaurant in the former Annisa space in the West Village. Famed sushi chef Daisuke Nakazawa — Borgognone’s partner in Sushi Nakazawa — will be also be involved at a new restaurant at 13 Barrow Street.
Flo Fab reports that the type of food the restaurant will serve has not yet been finalized. Word came out last month that the notorious restaurateur behind Chumley’s and Sushi Nakazawa applied for a liquor license at 13 Barrow Street, near West 4th Street. Update: The team notes that Nakazawa will not be the chef here. They did not have any other comment.
Nakazawa is considered one of the most respected chefs in the city. He rose to fame for being the apprentice in the buzzy documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and since the omakase restaurant opened in 2013, the chef has received four stars from the Times and three from Eater’s Ryan Sutton.
Meanwhile, Borgognone has been on a bit of a restaurant opening tear. The restaurateur, who comes from an Italian restaurant family in New York, also has plans to open a project at 63 Bedford Street. His resurrection of historic speakeasy Chumley’s happened just last fall, and in D.C., he’s drawn controversy for opening a location of Nakazawa in Trump Tower, leading Esquire to ask if he has earned the moniker “the most hated restaurateur in America.”
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