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78 Leonard St., New York, NY 10013 40.717336 -74.005296
nr. Church St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-207-2370 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-midnight; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.



Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Design Standout
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar




In the United States, Masayoshi “Masa” Takayama is sushi — or at least really expensive sushi. Before Jiro Dreams of Sushi, it was Masa wants to charge you a fortune for that exquisite tuna. During his career in this country, first in Los Angeles and then in New York, the chef has run small, exclusive restaurants serving immaculate, expensively sourced omakase ($595 at Masa) to your neighborhood power broker and celebrity. After five years of trying, Takayama has opened Tetsu, a restaurant focused on robatas, a Japanese type of charcoal grill. Takayama has branched out from omakase before, first with Bar Masa and then less successfully with Kappo Masa. Tetsu, though, promises to be the chef’s most casual restaurant yet. Along with plenty of skewers from the grills, there will be burgers on pretzel buns, available in limited quantities at the bar; fried pork spare ribs, Thai basil and pork fried rice, and a lengthy selection of temaki and nigiri sushi for Masa fans. There is also an emphasis on original cocktails, created by the bar team and general manager Lindsey Levine. Some but not all will be made with Japanese ingredients. The Soju Thai Basil pairs its namesake ingredients with Chartreuse, lime, and togarashi salt, while the Rum Milk Punch features “Japanese horchata” made with miso.