PLAN DATE: WEDS / JAN. 16
Get ready for an evening to remember where the dinner presentation is part of the experience. The main event of your night will be the upscale, omakase-only spot Shuko in Greenwich Village. For sushi novices, omakase is a multi-course chef’s choice of sashimi and sushi. You can also opt for a more elaborate kaiseki meal that includes additional seasonal items to accompany your sushi. The omakase is reasonably priced, considering executive chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau are graduates from Chef Masa Takayama’s three-Michelin starred Masa in Columbus Circle—deemed one of the most expensive restaurants in NYC. Small and intimate, Shuko’s minimal environment allows you to focus entirely on your meal and trust us, you’ll want to. Each course is a carefully presented piece of artwork. Take your time with the experience and use all of your senses to take it all in—a meal like this is meant to be savored.
After a meal like that you’ll want to take some time to reflect on all of its glory. Head on over to Mi Garba, a low key wine bar and Italian grocery shop, for a nightcap or post-dinner espresso. You’ll travel straight from Japan to Tuscany with Mi Garba’s excellent selection of Italian wines. The high top tables allow you to sit side by side for intimate conversations in a laid-back setting. Cozy up together with a glass of wine and relive each course in detail.
47 East 12th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Request a seat at the sushi bar for dinner and a show. You’ll be able to talk to the chef and watch them work—an art in of itself.
129 4th Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: If you’re opting for coffee, try the Shakerato for dessert in a cup. It’s a double espresso with sugar syrup shaken with ice.