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88 Impressive

A Murray Hill oasis dedicated to the Japanese ritual of shojin ryori cuisine, which celebrates vegetables in all their seasonal glory.

125 E. 39th St., New York, NY, 10016



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This Murray Hill vegetarian restaurant is devoted to the ritual of shojin ryori cuisine, an outgrowth of Japan’s Zen Buddhist monasteries and the forerunner of kaiseki, the seasonal multicourse meal. The mood is serene, the service precise, and the ceramics antique, some over two centuries old. Chef Hiroki Abe’s pristine vegetable-centric food is arranged in carefully wrought compositions that reflect and celebrate nature. You won’t miss the meat, the fish, the eggs, or dairy one bit.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

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DrinksSake/Soju, Beer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized