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251 W. 55th St., nr. Eight Ave (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-956-0670 | www.sugiyama-nyc.com
HOURSTue.-Sat.: 5:30pm-11:45pm; Sun.-Mon.: Closed
BARYes - beer and wine only
PRICE (THREE COURSES; FIVE COURSES; EIGHT COURSES)USD 32; USD 58; USD 79
FAMOUS PLATESGrilled steak served on a sizzling toban plate; sashimi; grapefruit wine jelly
DRINKS AND WINEWine; beer; sake
# OF SEATS42
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAY57th St.-7th Ave. (N, Q, R); 7th Ave. (B, D, E); 50th St. (1)
As captivating as the installation of illuminated lanterns dangling from tree limbs on the ceiling of this polished Japanese restaurant is, it’s outshined by the food, which, like a beacon, draws in Japanese foodies from across the city. Head chef Sugiyama’s modern and seasonal kaiseki cuisine is pitch-perfect, served in the traditional ritual progression of various large and smaller courses intended to harmonize flavor, texture, and temperature. Though it’s fairly casual, the upscale crowd is hushed and focused on the seemingly endless series of artfully constructed plates.
The high prices mainly attract expense accounters, couples celebrating a special occasion, and well-heeled theatergoers.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Keep it business casual with a sleek blouse, pencil skirt, killer heels, and your best jewels.
GO HERE WITH
Japanese food lovers; a friend or two; significant other; a date; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
Head chef Sugiyama is super friendly and answers any questions about his cuisine with delight. It’s so refreshing and encouraging knowing how much he loves what he prepares, and to see how much he cares about the way his customers receive it.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The restaurant tends to get a bit smoky, as diners are allowed to grill their own meat courses over a flame at their table.
GOOD TO KNOW
Sugiyama is one of the few chefs in the country to have mastered the Japanese ceremonial culinary art of kaiseki. A pre-theater menu is available. The menu is strictly prix fixe; prices depend on the amount of courses you order and how much you tailored your choices to the chef’s own tastes. The “Chef’s Choices” menu includes six- and eight-course kaiseki dinners. Vegetarian options available.
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