High-end omakase spot O Ya offers cheaper alternative
Acclaimed omakase sushi destination O Ya — where a meal for one can easily cost more than $300 — is now offering a more inexpensive addition to its menu: a $95, 12-course sushi and sashimi set. This new a la carte addition gives diners the option to choose a variety of nigiri and sashimi, a hand roll, and a soup. The reasonably priced selection, which aims to showcase the restaurant’s untraditional style, now joins a number of omakase spots in NYC offering restaurant goers high-quality fish for under $125.
The acclaimed sushi restaurant from Boston opened its doors in NYC back in 2015 and is still considered one of the top omakase reservations in the city today, known for its more eclectic bites like a foie gras topped with chocolate kabayaki. Chef Tim Cushman and his wife Nancy have since gone on to open to seven different restaurants including an outpost of O Ya in Mexico City, and two fast-casual restaurants in Boston. The cheaper, 12-course sushi menu at NYC’s O Ya, located in the Park South Hotel at 120 E. 28th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, has been available since February 1.
In other news
— Some of the women who accused Spotted Pig founder Ken Friedman of sexual misconduct are now banding together to try and open a new restaurant within the space of the West Village establishment.
— Restaurant critic Jay Rayner is hosting a show next month at the Soho Playhouse talking about what his theoretical last meal would look like.
— Pan-fried dumpling pop-up Destination Dumplings is the newest entry at Urbanspace’s 570 Lexington Avenue food hall. Options include jerk chicken dumplings with pineapple salsa, and pork and chive dumplings with scallions and soy sauce.
— One lucky couple will get to spend Valentines Day in the Grand Central Terminal concourse, under the celestial mural, all alone. By following the love.gct account on Instagram and tagging someone in their Valentines Day post, the couple will be selected at random to enjoy a three-course meal prepared by Michelin-starred restaurant Agern, among other perks. The dinner will take place between 2:30 to 4:30 a.m. on February 14.
— West Village restaurant High Street on Hudson is doing a one-night collaboration with restaurateur Joe Campanale of Fausto to serve up dishes like arancini, potato pan pizza, and a charcuterie spread, at High Street, on February 11. Campanale’s wines will be poured alongside chef Melissa Weller’s food. Tickets cost $55.
— Burrito chain Dos Toros is opening its 18th NYC location next week with the launch of an outpost near Columbia University, at 2911 Broadway, between West 113th and 114th Streets. The chain was recently taken over by salad behemoth Chopt.
— New York magazine critic Adam Platt wasn’t too thrilled with his first meal at the highly-anticipated yakitori restaurant from Yoshiteru Ikegawa, Torien. He hopes that the menu will “grow a little more varied and daring over time.”
— A group of 50 NYC restaurant workers protested their exclusion from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently passed tipped minimum wage law.
— The Times profiled the new director of the Street Vendor Project, Mohamed Attia, and his efforts to bring more recognition and rights to street vendors in the city.
— Grubhub is yet to repay several restaurants for erroneous charges over calls that didn’t actually result in food orders.
Into this chaos:
Thinking about creating boba balls that have little bits of vape smoke in them so when you eat the boba it’s like vaping and you can even exhale the boba smoke— kang (@jaycaspiankang) February 3, 2020