1695 Broadway, nr. 53rd St.; 212-247-8110
Close enough to the Ed Sullivan Theater to guarantee some jokey mentions on the “Top Ten” list, this new Japanese restaurant has an AvroKO design, fifteen sakes by the glass, and dishes like gold-leafed bluefin toro tartare, courtesy of chef-partner Eiji Takase, a veteran of Match, Iso, Yujin, Sushi Samba, and most recently, Shibuya at the MGM Grand.
2 Lexington Ave., at 21st St.; 212-995-1330
When Ian Schrager’s plan to bring Alan Yau to New York fizzled, he turned to the Nobu crew for help replacing him. This week, salvation comes in the form of celebrity chef Yuji Wakiya, known in Tokyo for his artistic renditions of Chinese food, and his emphasis on individual plating over family-style.