PLAN DATE: FRI / JAN. 25
For this over-the-top date, you might as well go big. Your night begins at the high-end Sushi Ginza Onodera in Midtown with Edomae omakase-only sushi tasting. Edomae sushi style involves a more-than-meets-the-eye aging process that dates back to the Edo period to preserve the fish and develop the flavor. With fish shipped in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market and white rice from Niigata Prefecture, you’ll get a true taste of Japan without the passport. In this pared-down, yet warm setting you’ll see sushi chefs working as conductors to masterfully coordinate an orchestra of fresh fish and ingredients to create works of art present on beautifully glazed ceramic plates. Each course is meant to be savored by focusing on the simple, yet complex flavors and textures.
A dining experience like that is difficult to top, so a nightcap with skyline views of Manhattan will have to do. Head over to the Top of the Strand located on the 21st floor of the Marriott Vacation Club hotel for a relaxed rooftop bar with iconic views of the Empire State Building. Cuddle up on a couch while sipping on champagne in this cozy, yet modern space. Don’t let the season scare you away, there’s a retractable roof to keep you warm without disrupting the view.
Sushi Ginza Onodera
461 5th Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: They’ve recently launched a cocktail program with specialties like the Sunflower, made with Amabuki Sunflower Junmai Ginjo sake and homemade orgeat liqueur.
Top Of The Strand
33 West 37th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Time your visit on the hour to catch the Empire State Building’s light show.