• Tetsu

  • Japanese/Sushi $17-$25
  • 78 Leonard St.
    New York, NY 10013
  • Neighborhood: Tribeca
  • Phone: 212-207-2370
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.
  • Hours

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

  • Prices


  • Special Features

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

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations


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