March 18, 2016
TEISUI Brings Authentic Japanese Ryokan Dining to NYC
TEISUI is the inspiration of entrepreneur Takuro Hirabayashi, who owns the TEISUI Hotel in the Akita province of Japan. Hirabayashi decided to introduce New York to the cultural and culinary experience of his hotel in Akita — a traditional Japanese “Ryokan” style hotel. The Ryokan hotel experience in Japan stands out for its focus on guest comfort, food and nature. Guests visit Ryokans mainly to eat, most commonly in their room, and are served an extended tasting menu. Perched on a mountaintop, the TEISUI in Akita is historic because it is the only hotel in Akita province where the Emperor has ever stayed.
While TEISUI in NoMad can only duplicate so much of the true Ryokan experience, the restaurant is offering a delicious 10-course tasting menu with seasonal offerings from an incomparable team of Japanese chefs, including Yuichiro Yoshimura, who arrives from the TEISUI Hotel itself. Some of its signature offerings may include: Tsukune — chicken minced and made into a patty braised in yakitori sauce and served with a lightly cooked egg yolk; and Ishiyaki TEISUI soup — a miso soup made right before your eyes with King Crab, Tokyo scallion and red snapper gently cooked on Mount Fuji Rocks.
“When we were scouting locations for TEISUI, we looked for areas with high potential, and NoMad impressed us the most,” TEISUI General Manager Yuko Hagiwara told us. “There are a lot of exciting restaurants coming to the NoMad neighborhood, and we wanted to be at the forefront of that movement.”
On top of the wonderful food, visitors to TEISUI get to enjoy a stunning sleek interior created by a Japanese architect. The tabletops are made of graphite with stools of steel-gray. The centerpiece of the space is the 17-seat stone counter that faces the open kitchen. Behind the kitchen, a large wall with sculpted maple wood is meant to echo the experience of the TEISUI Hotel in Japan, where guests peer out to the ocean.
Clearly, TEISUI is a unique addition to NoMad’s culinary reputation and is sure to captivate its guests, just as NoMad is delighting Hagiwara and her team. “This is already a leading area, and it’s going to continue to grow very quickly. We’re excited to be a part of it.”
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