The team behind East Village Japanese small plates hit Izakaya is planning a sake-focused restaurant that’ll live inside Market Line, the massive Lower East Side food hall and market slated to open inside Essex Crossing early next year.
Businesses like Ample Hills Creamery and German grocer Schaller & Weber have also signed onto the project, joining vendors like Veselka, Tortilla Nixtamal, Doughnut Plant, and Nom Wah. These are the latest adds in hopes of turning into a dining destination in LES.
The latest addition, backed by Izakaya’s Yudai Kanayama and Keisuke Kasagi, will be a sake-only bar named Gouie New York that’ll keep within the small plates genre the restaurateurs are known for.
Gouie is intended to be a place for the after-dinner crowd to drink and snack, the duo says. Kanayama tells Eater the menu will hone in on seafood, serving Japanese small plates with American influence. Dishes could include sashimi served pincho-style, as well some “upgraded versions” of Izakaya’s most popular meals, he says. And they plan on making their own sake, too.
Kanayama says that a chef with Michelin cred has been tapped, but he has not released the name just yet.
German butcher shop Schaller & Weber has also joined the growing roster of food vendors. The family-run establishment has been operating from Yorkville since 1937, and this will be its second location in the city.
The 40-plus vendor market — a part of the sprawling Essex Crossing real estate development — has also recently named ice cream shop Ample Hills Creamery, Vietnamese restaurant Pho Grand, and a new project from Midtown’s Rustic Table called Rustic Table Shuk. It’ll also be home to the first permanent location of Indonesian desserts shop Moon Man.
The full vendor list so far includes: Ample Hills, Cafe Grumpy, Castania Nut Boutique, Doughnut Plant, Ends Meat, Essex Pearl, Gouie, Kuro-Obi, Moon Man, Nom Wah, Pho Grand, The Pickle Guys, Pilot Kombucha, Rustic Table Shuk, Schaller & Webb, S.E.A. Market, Substance Vitality Bar, Tortilleria Nixtamal, and Veselka.
The food hall running three city blocks along Broome Street is slated to open in early 2019. Stay tuned.