The gist: This restaurant opening is steeped in a bit of sushi-world drama. The forthcoming Uchū from restaurateur Derek Feldman was originally a project conceived with chef David Bouhadana (Sushi by Bou), but he and Feldman parted ways earlier this year, after opening outdoor omakase spot, Sushi on Jones, together in 2016. Meanwhile, legendary sushi chef Eiji Ichimura (of Ichimura at Brushstroke and Ichimura) also raised a few eyebrows after departing his namesake omakase restaurant just five months after its highly anticipated January debut. He has also subsequently sued his business partner Idan Elkon to stop the use of his name. These recent shake-ups make for a exciting new pairing: Feldman has snagged the legendary sushi chef to helm this 10-seat omakase counter opening on September 5.
The space: The Uchū team tapped designer Scott Kester to create the unique interiors. Look for clean lines throughout the snug spot, from the simple wood front door to the minimalist omakase counter. Light hued, reclaimed American elm, ash and oak from around New York line the space. In the bar, the custom shelves for the whiskeys displays the colorful bottles like artwork.
Full article at Zagat, Photos by Katie June Burton