Chefs George Ruan and Jack Wei of Yuba - New York, NY

105 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-8188
Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Thu-Sat 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun 12pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm

While Western chefs explore the Japanese pantry like so many knife-toting kids in a candy store, chef-owners George Ruan and Jack Wei of the East Village’s Yuba are busy incorporating Western staples, like foie gras, truffle, and even sweet corn, into their self-described “Nouveaux Japanese” cuisine. Between 20-year veteran Wei and ambitious newcomer Ruan, the menu is as inventive as it is meticulous, whether the chefs are upping the savory ante with rich foie and an umami-rich kombu dashi or playing up the sweetness of meaty toro against the briney pop of sturgeon caviar.  Earth tones, paper lanterns, and a clean wooden design create a scene-setting, palate-whetting quiet anticipation.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Sweet Corn, Maitake, and Shiso Tempura
  • Toro Tartare Caviar: Chu-Toro Tartare with Sturgeon Caviar and Toast
  • Amadai Fish-Wrapped Foie Gras with Kombu Dashi

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