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New York Sushi Ko Calls it Quits on January 13

The casual Lower East Side omakase lasted for four-and-a-half years

John Daley at New York Sushi Ko
John Daley at New York Sushi Ko
Photo via Jasmine C./Yelp

After more than four years on the Lower East Side, casual omakase restaurant New York Sushi Ko will close on January 13. Chef-owner John Daley announced the closure earlier this year on Instagram, with the restaurant following suit yesterday, The Lo Down reports. Eater has reached out for a reason for the closure.

Ko opened in June 2013 at 91 Clinton St., between Rivington and Delancey streets, as a somewhat subversive sushi restaurant. While many of the more expensive omakases had very hushed, temple-like atmospheres, original Ko owner Steven Penchenski encouraged diners to “keep the tattoos out,” though photography was not allowed.

Chef John Daley — who became the sole owner in 2015 — brought experience from 15 East in Union Square and Sukeroku in Tokyo, serving a fairly traditional set menu. When he took over, he instituted an even more casual lunch, where people could walk in without a reservation and snap photos of their food.

Ko’s final service is on January 13.