The gist: Chef Yoshihiko Kousaka, formerly of Jewel Bako, has opened this intimate 18-seat sushi spot in the former Miyagi Sushi space in the West Village. Kosaka allows guests to interact directly with the chef, channeling the neighborhood feel of a Tokyo sushi shop. The restaurant opens December 15, and will serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30-11PM.
The food: It's clear that lately omakase-style sushi (chef's choice) is hotter than ever and spots of this ilk have topped our NYC Top Newcomers list two years running. Following suit, Kosaka will serve two omakase options: one featuring only sushi ($125), and a chef’s tasting that adds dishes from the hot kitchen ($155). Drinks-wise, you'll find a comprehensive sake list as well as wine, Champagne and beer. Check out the menu below.
The space: This tiny jewel of a restaurant on Greenwich Street is sleek, warm and diminutive. With gleaming wood counters and soft, overhead lighting, it's the perfect spot for a date or night out with friends. (Note: although there are two four-top tables, the counter-style seating doesn't lend itself to large parties.)
The details: 220 West 13th St.; 212-727-1709