New York, NY 10019
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3am
Ensconced in the bustle of the Theater District is the sleek modern oasis Mr. Robata, where neutral tones, naked wood, and dark lighting create an ambiance of pre-curtain hush. Sutton Foster may be killin’ it on Broadway, but Chef Masaki Nakayama is the star on this particular stage. Influenced by French chefs, Paul Liebrandt, and sundry cherry-picked international techniques and ingredients, Chef Nakayama creates polished dishes within the oft-maligned “fusion” category: sushi is almost always prepared with a twist. Raw tuna makes nice with buttery escargot, and an Italian technique for grilling baby octopus gets a tomato salsa and shiso pesto finish.