Something Curated highlights five of the most exciting new and recently launched restaurants to try in New York this August, taking a closer look at the founders and proprietors behind the promising food offerings.
Tsukimi || Takanori Akiyama & Karen Lin
In a tucked-away corner of Manhattan’s East Village lies Tsukimi, a newly opened modern kaiseki restaurant that takes its name from the Japanese tradition of viewing the moon during the mid-Autumn festival. The restaurant serves an 11-course Japanese tasting menu including dishes with caviar and uni, bluefin tuna, and washu beef from executive chef Takanori Akiyama. Akiyama began his cooking career in Tokyo before working at several NYC restaurants, including Dieci, which was located in the same space that Tsukimi is now housed.
228 E 10th St, NY 10003
Electric Lemon || Stephen Starr & Kyle Knall
James Beard-award winning restaurateur Stephen Starr, behind Le Coucou and Upland, is managing the dining operations in the Equinox Hotel, the first hotel from the gym brand. This expansive restaurant, located on the hotel’s 24th floor, was designed by the Rockwell Group and features an al fresco terrace overlooking the Hudson River. Electric Lemon is led by executive chef Kyle Knall and features a Mid-Atlantic cuisine with an emphasis on light and fresh offerings.
33 Hudson Yards, NY 10001
Luthun || Nahid Ahmed & Arjuna Bull
Luthun, meaning “something new and unexpected” in Bengali and named after chef Nahid Ahmed’s mother, will serve two tasting menus celebrating fresh vegetables, as well as proteins such as squid, monkfish, and veal. Between them, Ahmed and Arjuna Bull have worked at Lespinasse, the Fat Duck, and El Bulli, as well as London’s Lyle’s and Cafe Gray, where the two met. At Luthun, diners can choose between a five-course menu or a 10-course chef’s tasting, which will start off with summery dishes.
432 E 13th St, NY 10009
Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake || Tetsushi Mizokami
Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake, the Japanese bakery that attracts long lines for its spongy interpretation of cheesecake has opened its first NYC location. While the soufflé-like cakes are the main attraction, the bakery also serves a variety of other sweet goods, including honey-flavoured madeleines and cookies made with rice cereal, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. There’s also cheesecake biscotti, which are twice-baked cookies made from the signature cheesecakes.
135 West 41st St., NY 10036
Omakase Room by Maaser || Chunyu Chen & Peter Lin
A new omakase from Sushi Seki and Sushi by Bou alumni has set up shop in the West Village. Owners Chunyu Chen and Peter Lin worked as sushi chefs for 20 years before finally deciding to team up and open their own place. Chen describes the omakase as edomae-style with a twist, where pieces could include chutoro with fresh pickled wasabi, torched salmon marinated in housemade soy sauce for 24 hours, or fresh giant clam. For the menu’s speciality dishes, fish arrives four times a week from Tokyo.
321 Bleecker St., NY 10014
Feature image via Tsukimi