Dreams of Sushi
Any self-respecting foodie and sushi lover will at once recognise the name ‘Jiro Ono’, the formidable, 3 Michelin-starred sushi chef who has been declared a Japanese national treasure, and whose basement sushi bar in Tokyo was the subject of the 2011 documentary ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’. Although the most dedicated of followers can make the pilgrimage to the Japanese capital for a taste of Jiro-san’s signature nigiri, lucky New Yorkers now have a chance to sample some of his traditional edomae flavours by way of longtime protégé Daisuke Nakazawa’s new downtown sushi bar – if you can get a reservation, that is.
A tiny 10-seater serving up a nightly omakase, Sushi Nakazawa opened in August to rave reviews, on par with the city’s other coveted counter Ichimura in terms of meticulous preparation and ultra fresh fish. The approximately 20-course sushi tasting features top-line ingredients each carefully perfected and brushed with various vinegars – recent courses include Maine scallop, shucked at the bar before your eyes, hand-smoked Alaskan salmon, house-seasoned ikura, sweet and succulent live mantis shrimp, and uni fresh out of the shell. With a setting so intimate, diners get a front seat view of Chef Nakazawa’s deft handiwork, and he’s already built a reputation as a warm and chatty counterpart to the ever-stoic Jiro-san. Once you’ve secured your booking – dive in!