PLAN DATE: THURS / MAY 23
It’s fried everything at the first tempura-centric establishment to grace NYC. Tempura Matsui is a high-end (yes, expect $$$$) and mouth-watering addition to Murray Hill. Snagging a spot at this place will give you an intimate dining experience—the restaurant fits only 16-20 people—and introduces you to authentic Japanese cuisine. Honestly, once you taste the tempura here, it’ll be hard for you to order it anywhere else. The tempura is served one of two ways, separately with a bowl of rice on the side (Teishoku) or all at once with sauce mixed in over a bed of rice (tenju). Oh, and of course they serve sake.
Now that you’ve essentially bathed in tempura, it’s time to digest and drink some more. Head a few blocks over to Cask Bar, dimly lit with a good selection of beers and crafted cocktails. Specifically, we suggest ordering the blood orange jalapeño margarita. It sits at the intersection of spice and citrus, and you’ll be tempted to order a few rounds. There’s ample room at the bar to cuddle up, and there’s even more space downstairs if you’re looking for an even more intimate vibe. There’s a full food menu too, if you still have room, and if so, order the crispy brussels sprouts and crispy potatoes.
222 East 39th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: While there is an a la carte option, you might as well go balls to wall and do the omakase (chef’s choice).
Cask Bar & Kitchen
167 East 33rd Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Happy hour is from 3-7pm, which makes beer 5$, wine 7$ and cocktails $8.