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Michelin-Starred Chef’s Counter Ukiyo Reopens With a New Chef

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Michelin-starred Ukiyo reopens with new chef

East Village chef’s counter spot Restaurant Ukiyo reopened on Saturday after a break over the summer, and now, a new chef is at the helm. Maria José Yáñez Jaramillo, who has experience from restaurants such as Jean-Georges and the French Laundry, has a French menu with both influences from Japan and her hometown of Toluca, Mexico. Dishes include a kombu tostada, honeynut squash ravioli, and binchotan grilled octopus tacos. An eight-course set menu is also available for $98. Take a look at the full new menu below.

Owners Jack and Grace Lamb, who are also the owners of next-door sushi restaurant Jewel Bako, opened Ukiyo last June with chef Marco Prins. The restaurant received a Michelin star in the 2020 guide, but Prins left this summer to have a baby and has since returned to his home in the Netherlands.

Ukiyo is now open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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