Brick walls, dim lighting, and awesome Japanese hipsters create the perfect setting for this whimiscial small plates Japanese restaurant. This is not your typical sushi restaurant so don’t expect a traditional sushi experience. With visions of old temples and Japanese Sake warehouses Chef Makoto Suzuki has created his own twist on Japanese cuisine.
Sake marinated pork belly is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The pork belly is amazingly fatty and the sake adds a little acidic note which makes this dish pretty unforgettable. There are freshly plucked cilantro leaves that seem to float atop these little pork morsels of heaven, which adds a brightness to each rich fatty bite. A great appetizer besides the pork belly is the tuna tartare with a lemon infused sochu sorbet and this sick avocado cream, which is a light airy mousse (I could bathe in that stuff). The lemon sorbet on this tuna is that little frozen element of surprise that makes this dish memorable and its so good you will want to ask for it in Sno Cone form.
Another non-tradtional popular menu item from Bozu are the sushi bombs (think sushi roll without the seaweed). They are little balls of rice topped with an assortment of fresh fish. Each dish comes with a little side of pickled cabbage and a fresh dill feather. If you like your sushi bombs with a soy sauce drizzle, Bozu pre-mixes their soy sauce with wasabi. So if you are in the mood for mild, medium or hot you can just pick an option (we found this fun) and give your sushi bomb a little soy sauce shower. These picturesque plates look like works of art as they pay close attention to detail and you will appreciate their meticulous knife skills (we’ve never seen an avocado sliced so paper thin).
If you are not a big fish eater try the tofu salad. They make their own creamy tofu and pair it with bitter and delicious watercress and an amazing soy dressing that will make you want to drink it. Speaking of drinks they have an extensive sake menu and sake cocktails. They also infuse their own vodkas, which will get you lit!
Don’t come here expecting traditional Japanese food, but you can expect a good meal at a decent price. Sushi bombs are about 6 bucks for 3 pieces and the appetizers are around $11-13. They only except cash and Amex so bring a wad or someone who has a real job to expense it on the Amex. We recommend you make a reservation because this place fills up quickly. Go get sushi bombed!
Hi! I’m Davina and I have an unquenchable passion for all things food and drink. You can find me creating cocktails, cooking up some delicious things in NYC and selling real estate. I love practical jokes, coffee and rocking onesies.