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Sushi Inoue, Harlem’s First Michelin-Starred Restaurant, Slated to Reopen Next Year

Plus, a pandemic-born bakery finds a permanent home in Brooklyn Heights — and more intel

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The Michelin-starred Sushi Inoue will reopen at a new location in Harlem

Less than a year after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Harlem’s first Michelin-starred restaurant is getting a second lease on life. Sushi Inoue, the upscale sushi counter from owner Shinichi Inoue, has signed a 15-year lease at 233 West 125th Street, near Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard. The space is set to open early next year, according to spokesperson for the restaurant.

Details on the new restaurant are scarce, but a spokesperson says the menu will focus on Tokyo-style sushi and high-end omakase, which at the original Sushi Inoue could cost roughly $300 per person.

The acclaimed sushi counter closed without a word last December, ending its six-year run at 381 Lenox Avenue. Sushi Inoue opened in 2015 and was awarded one Michelin star the following year, marking the neighborhood’s first and only star from the organization at the time. The restaurant flew under the radar compared to other acclaimed spots in town but was known for producing some of the city’s best sushi. Kunihide Nakajima, owner of the newly opened Nakaji in Chinatown, is a former executive chef of the restaurant.

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— Bagel Boss is expanding with two additional locations in Nolita and the East Village, the latter of which is now open. The local bakery chain now has 15 stores across New York City and Long Island, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant.

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— At Cadence in the East Village, cornbread and other Southern staples shimmer in vegan butter, writes New York Times critic Pete Wells.

— Clinton Hill fried chicken restaurant Chic-hen is headed to the East Village for its second location, EV Grieve reports.

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