- Phil Pace
I hope someone can help me. I am looking for a place
that serves Kaiseki meal (in midtown, I think) It was
reviewed in the times and It spoke of just one chef who
prepared everything. It was not that expensive as these
things go. The place was small and I think he may have
had another person helping him. There was another
review soon after in the New York Press. I looked at
the NY times & Nytoday web sites, but just can't pick
it out of dozens of Japanese Restaurants. Does anyone
know this place?
re: Phil Pace
NIPPON at 155 East 52nd St. between Lex & 3rd is the
gold standard for kaiseki ryori (set courses). Since
1963 its private tatami rooms provide perfect ambiance
for multi-course, lovingly prepared menu -- and
reasonably priced for the quality. Caters exclusively
to JAL first class passengers. Owner Nobi Kuraoka is
an expert on Japanese cuisine and lectures widely and
writes food columns in Japan. NIPPON owns its own farm
in Canada providing organic buckwheat for its soba
noodles. Bottom line: a unique Japanese restaurant,
long established and recognized BY JAPANESE as the
Sugiyama is wonderful, but certainly NOT inexpensive if
that is your expectation. The cheapest course is around
$40 as I recall, and it escalates from there.
The food itself is exquisite, but I must confess some
disappointment at the atmosphere - regular tables
rather close together. Ideally, kaiseki (especially at
these prices) should be enjoyed in a quiet tatami room.
If anyone knows of kaiseki in a more traditional
Japanese atmosphere, I'd love to know!