Sushi Seki’s Bar Seki offers handcrafted cocktails and it’s a delicious hit.
New Yorkers take their food and drink very seriously. When Sushi Seki announced that they would be opening their third resto in the Theatre District, there was much rejoicing in the city. Sushi Seki is a bi-level restaurant that has a bar within—Bar Seki. The cocktails are Bar Seki may just be more of a draw than the incredible food that Sushi Seki serves up.
From the moment Sushi Seki opened its first resto on the Upper East Side, quickly became a dining destination due to the high quality eats. Chef Seki whose fans include Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud (nice crowd!) creates sushi with a witty, unique twist that marries traditional sushi sensibilities with the daring of contemporary cuisine. The chef de cuisine is Edward Wijaya , he described the cuisine to the pre-opening diners as "Japanese ingredients, fancy techniques, and New American style." For example their Bloody Mary is created with gazpacho vodka, clamato, yuzo kosho and amazo vinegar and the Gyu-Tan is comprised of beef tongue, ginger, garlic, purslane and fennel.
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To eat or drink here is real dining experience. Imagine sipping their Sakura cocktail (Janmai sake, unmeshu, peach, champagne vinegar and Sakura brine (smells heavenly)from a square wooden vessel. Cocktail consultant and globally award winning mixologist Shingo Gokan has let his imagination and taste buds roam, creating gorgeous tasting and beautiful to gaze upon cocktails.
As mentioned before, this Sushi Seki outpost has two levels. On the first, there’s a long blond bar that faces a wall of sake—not a bad view. Walking towards the back, a giant communal table takes center stage in the dining area that seats 80. No matter where you sit, you can watch the chefs work in the open kitchen.
Each item on the menu, either food like the above sushi and octopus salad, or the Yuzu cocktail with shochu mizu no mai, shisho yuzu honey, and yukari salt, or the Umi cocktail (more of a shooter) made with mescal, dashi tomato water, oyster and uni is flavorful work of art.
Sushi Seki/Bar Seki, 365 West 46th St., 212-262-8880