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About Permanently Closed - Wasan East Village
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Ingredients are at the heart of cooking. Even the same ingredient can have infinite varieties, depending on where, which season, or under what weather condition they were produced.
It's not a matter of simply cutting and cooking, but how to make the best use of the ingredients by finding the best way to cook them. For instance, tuna can be eaten as sashimi, steak or simmered in soy sauce. Making good use of ingredients means that we see the conditions of the tuna first and then choose the best cooking style.
Same goes for wine: even the producer is the same, the taste varies from each year of vintage, in which glass it is poured, or how long it has been aged. And sake can be dramatically different by the temperature it is served: hot, warm, or chilled.
New York, NY 10003
Hours of Operation:
Monday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Tuesday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Wednesday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday 6:00pm - 1:00am
Saturday 6:00pm - 1:00am
Sunday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
between 1st Avenue & 2nd Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Wasan is available to cater events, either at your home or a New York City venue of your choice. Our signature dishes by Ryota and Kaku will be brought to you. We take pride in preparing these specialties for you while we're also happy to accommodate any culinary requests you may have to help branding your event, so you can make the occasion your own. Wasan staff will work closely with you to tailor the event to your budget by paying close attention in bringing value in all of our services.
2nd Ave-Houston St (F, V)
Uptown Bleecker St-Lafayette St (6)
Downtown Bleecker St-Lafayette St (6, B, D, F, V)
Kaku Sakurai & Ryota Kitagawa
Bar Dining, Beer, Wine
Wasan East Village - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Yummy! Service was awesome and people were friendly, would really appreciate more effort when it came to the ambiance of the restaurant because everything else meets the mark. Food was delicious!! The Fois Gras sushi, cod and wagyu beef bowl were amazing. Special shout out to the fig and mascarpone ice cream. So fresh and definitely my favorite. :)
One of the best Japanese restaurants in the city. The food has such a 'home-cooked' taste, much like "Okaasan no Aji" that I crave. There is a nice variety and the menu regularly changes. Service is very friendly and if you like beer or sake, the selection is perfect.
If I'm in the East Village, I'm likely to have dinner here. Authentic Japanese but not a sushi restaurant (though there is sushi on the menu). Delicious, friendly, relaxed and open late. I think the full menu is until 11 pm and then the late night menu is until 2 am!
This used be to a really great hidden gem for non traditional Japanese food. I'm afraid to say it's no longer the same. I don't know what happened in the last year but the menu has not only changed but the quality has slipped. We did not enjoy our experience and will never come back. A shame...
Very creative Japanese food paired with good selection of beers or sake. Focus on seasonal specialities and updated classics. Tasting menu out of this world and 4 course chefs menu excellent for the younger set. Large selection of small plates if your focus is sampling the sake flights. We are regulars and never disappointed .
Interesting concepts but didn't deliver in execution. I didn't have high expectations for such low priced uni, but it wasnt even fresh. Sashimi Bowl was decently and good value. Friend's cod wasn't great. Appetizers were okay, but nothing to write home about.
Went to Wasan this past weekend. Had never heard of it, so went in with no real impression in mind. The spot is cool and cozy. We were seated right away, waitstaff was super friendly. Love their sake menu, which includes explanations so you find the exact taste you're looking for. Foie Gras sushi was sinfully good as was the uni lovers sushi. Sashimi was fresh and delicious. We had a wonderful time. Would go back.
I never write reviews. This place requires one. It's just SO GOOD!!! I was shocked that it wasn't packed when we arrived. Quality of fish was A+++. If you're an uni fan-- GO HERE. Get the "uni lover" and the uni with wagyu sushi. I could have ordered the whole menu. It was all so great!!!
Great food and drink selections! This is a place for truly Japanese food fanatics. Don't expect basic sushi platters or tempura dishes - their menu is above that level. My only concern is that the portions are small to share - so if going in a group, order two plates of the same food. They have incredible sake selections!
Uni Lover, foie gras sushi, pumpkin soup, and wagyu on stone grill are amazing, as is the pecan ice cream. The almond chicken was also good, but not super interesting. The beef casserole and salmon chirashi were extremely mediocre in comparison to the other food which was so good.
This is beautiful and delicious Japanese food. The open salmon roll is out of this world. The grilled vegetables are delectable. We loved everything we tasted. Our sake was fantastic. Our server was very polite and friendly. He had us taste a couple of sakes and we picked our favorite. We will definitely go back to Wasan.
Wasan is a place to visit regularly. The seasonal menu changes are always interesting, the produce excellent. Each time I go with a friend who has not eaten there before he/she has a wonderful, relaxed evening and finds the food delicious. Very good range of dishes from the pickles to the wagyu via shellfish and whitefish in great combinations, sauces and dressings excellent. Portions exactly right. Pricing absolutely correct. Sake list very good indeed. I don't like background music but the jazz is as cool as it gets.(at llow volume). Service a pleasure, could not be more helpful and aware.
As my Grandfather once told me about looking for a good restaurant while on the road, look for a diner that has a lot of parked trucks in the lot.
The ratio of of asian natives at Wasan proves his point.
Very good food, extensive sake list and wonderful pairing. A lot of their food is handmade. They have an array of pickled veggies that were delicious. They were also offering a "Tasting" that looked excellent for $55 but alas we had eaten a very late lunch and passed.
When you order sake, they let you choose your own cup. Very personal touch.
Definitely going back. We had a really great time and felt genuinely welcomed.
Highly recommend the uni on chicharron and shrimp wrapped in fried soba noodle. The bottles of sake are a little expensive but they are high quality and there is a varied selection. A couple of carafes sufficed for a party of two. Make a reservation if you want to go on the weekend.
everything was so delicious, so creative and friendly service. if you want to learn about sake, this is a great place to do so. they have flight sampling (2 oz. glasses) and excellent descriptions of each one. plus, its in a super cute glass so just loved everything about it.
My husband and I have dinner in Wasan with another couple. We have the uni lovers and the chef special meal, together with a bottle of Wasan sake. The food is great and the service is attentive . This is a peaceful Tuesday evening. However, once another noisy group came into the restaurant, the whole atmosphere changed and noise level is bad. We understand this is a small restaurant but some patrons are not considerate as they should be. Overall we would recommend Wasan to friends and would return soon.
The menu intrigued us to try Wasan for dinner, especially the monthly tasting menu. For a very modest $55, each person receives 4 courses (minus the amuse). The first two are slightly smaller, but the main and entree are well portioned to fill you. The dessert tops it off with sweet delicate choices. The choices on the tasting menu are also unique from the usual ala cart menu.
The food was delicious and the ambiance of a quiet NYC night is unmistakable.
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