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Early Bloomer

Cherry blossoms won’t peak here until later this month, but at least one local restaurant is jumping the gun with a cherry-centric menu.


EN Japanese Brasserie   
  1. 1. Sumile

    154 W. 13th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-989-7699

    Chef Christian Schwaiger’s $65 five-course tasting menu runs through April 18 and integrates cherry-blossom shoyu, cherry-blossom pickle, and cherry-blossom panna cotta.

  2. 2. EN Japanese Brasserie

    435 Hudson St., at Leroy St.; 212-647-9196

    Served family-style on a long platter, festival dishes include broccoli rabe and sea-bream roe, both simmered in blossom-infused broth ($38; April 17 to May 7).

  3. 3. Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn; 718-623-7200

    The city’s premier cherry-blossom festival, set for April 29 and 30, encompasses traditional music, dance, and foods from green tea to tofu.


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