New York, NY 10003
Hours: Tue-Sun 5pm-11pm
A long bar astride a square dining room with overhanging lights: the simplicity of Wasan’s interior is as much about confidence as restraint. Chefs Ryota Kitagawa and Kakusaburo Sakurai are culinary veterans of both Japan and New York City, and it’s here that they coalesce their experiences and expertise, blending tradition and innovation, and creating a modern Japanese cuisine by way of seasonal New York product. The resulting dishes, which hemisphere-straddling Sommelier Toshiyuki Koizumi pairs as expertly with wine or sake, range from ingredient-focused minimalism to creative (and careful) compositions.