Chef Tadashi Ono’s wonderful Matsuri transports you directly into the Edo period-  giant paper lanterns vaulted ceiling, dark wood floors,  jade-green ceramic tiles all create an ambiance to rival a movie set.  Born in Tokyo,  Chef Ono started his career at age 16 and then moved to Los Angeles to train at La Petite Chaya and L’Orangerie.  He then moved east to NY heading up the kitchens at La Caravelle Restaurant; nine years later he opened Sono on 57th Street and now we are so lucky since 2003 to have Matsuri.  Where, in the lushest of environments, Chef Ono presents authentic Japanese comfort food.  Flying in organic grains daily from Japan and offering more than 200 kinds of sake.

Mushrooms baked in parchment paper
Kampachi  sashimi with yuzu and green pepper sauce

Special items for us include:

  • Kinpira – Sauteed and Simmered Burdock
  • Goma-ae  Spinach
  • Hijiki salad  in soy and sake
  • Kampach  sashimi with yuzu and green pepper sauce
  • the shishito peppers in dashi
  • Mushrooms baked in parchment paper contain all their juices and flavor (ordered every time)
  • Nasu Shigiyaki  –  Japanese eggplant grilled with miso sauce   so sweet and delicious
  • Black Cod marinated in sake paste and then grilled so perfect each bite falls effortlessly
  • 18-grain rice
  • Lotus roots, the perfect snack with a fresh Aldentéd sake crunch
  • The sushi and the sashimi are very fresh and clean
  • on the sweet side, the warm chocolate cake melts with every bite
Kinpira (sauté and simmer Burdock

Keep an eye out for Chef Ono’s new book:  Japanese Hot Pots; where he directs you to the creation of hot pot meals.  Recipes from the book will be featured in the restaurant’s menu as of late September 2009.

Uni and Fatty Tuna Sushi
Lotus Roots
Main Dining Room

Matsuri Japanese Restaurant

The word Matsuri means festival in Japanese
212 –  243  6400
369 West 16th Street
(bet 9th & 8th Avenues)
New York, NY, 10011

Unfortunately closed now 2013

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