Shochu and Tapas AYA
Ayako Otake, the founder and renowned as New York’s first Shōchū sommelier, invites you to experience her unique pairings of tapas and the city’s largest collection of over 40 different Shōchū brands.
Good selection of Shochu and staff has great recommendations! Food is tasty and authentic, except for the beef tongue stew which is on the sour side. The manager assured us that the stew is fresh, but since we’re not used to the taste and left the plate almost untouched, he didn’t charge us for the item. Will definitely return.
Quiet small casual place in midtown. Surprise the place is half empty for the night. Variety of Shocyu and good tapas is good for girls night out and go out with co-workers from work.
The food was really bad. Thrown together quickly with no typical Japanese care and artistry. My suggestion would be to hire a new chef and go back to the basics. Also overpriced for the quality.
Went out for a dinner date with my wife. We chose Monday night because their website stated that Monday's there would be live music. Unfortunately, their piano needs repair. Everything else about the place was great; food, service, ambiance, and timing were on point. They are courteous and welcoming. I recommend this place and would definitely return. Let's help them get that piano repaired!
Staff are almost always nice and friendly making the place cozy.
One thing to mention is that the oysters did not taste good to me.
The food was really good as were the cocktails. The only reason I rated 4 instead of 5 stars was that several dishes in the menu were not being served.
It's not really fusion. They just serve both cuisines.
Try the Kagua beer. pass on the egg on egg. Do get the ratatoullie! Yes to the chicken! Great for business meals imo, but not so much for a romantic dinner. Service is great.
It was great
We had a terrible experience. They didn't have 3 things that we ordered and they didn't inform us until we asked them about it after sitting there an hr. We ordered the $30 steak and garlic rice.... And the steak came out rare but we had requested med rare... We asked for it to be a little more cooked then 10mins later still no steak back so we gave them a benefit of a doubt that they were bringing us a brand new dish...15mins later it's back but the tiny 5 slices of steak is now BEYOND well done... We ordered the scallops sashimi with ikura.... It came 1hr & 30mins later!!! Only because I saw it come out and given to the table that just got their seats after us?! When I inquired where's our order, the waitress said another 5mins. We were done by then, not due to satisfaction or enjoyment but finally starved beyond comprehension. 1.45hrs later we were fed up because we only had 4 tapas dishes... (uni & egg, mushroom bruchetta, squid & seafood stir fry & over cooked steak on rice!) We seriously had more drinks than food because we were waiting so long thinking that maybe if we ordered one more drink we can enjoy it with our food. Starved we asked for the bill... And to top things off they charged us twice for an item?! They weren't busy... 3 tables including ours so I have zero idea how they mange to keep their doors open.
Very noisy and cold.
There some draft even we sat all the back from the front door.
Customers who were sitting around us were telling the same thing.