Partner Plate: Sponsored Special
Complimentary Hiro Sake and Tori Karaage
Details: Available for lunch Mon-Fri (11:30am-2:30pm); available for dinner Mon-Thur (5:30-10:30pm), Fri-Sun (5:30-11pm ), Sunday (5-11pm); one complimentary bottle of Hiro Sake and one order of Tori Karaage (crispy fried chicken marinated in ginger, sake and soy) for the table; valid for parties of 2-6 only (one passcode per table); minimum purchase: $15 per person; valid on dine-in only; not valid with any other discounts or promotions; please note: not valid at Sushi Azabu.
Special expires for VIP members at close of business day on: Sept. 24, 2014
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Special expires at close of business day on: Aug. 24, 2014
A clean and refreshing summer vegetable salad—featuring house vinaigrette bursting with umami from miso and soy—makes a great counterpoint to juicy, deep-fried menchi katsu, described as “croquettes with ground pork and washugyu” but appearing more in the shape of plump crab cakes. The foie gras aonori is another must: seared, buttery foie atop a mound of rice secured with a strip of nori, taking sushi to a level hitherto unknown. But even one of the world’s most decadent proteins has nothing on Daruma-ya’s absurdly delicious version of fried chicken. Marinated in ginger, sake, and soy, the thighs in the tori karaage are battered and fried so perfectly they need no additional treatment. Try some anyway—either a splash of lemon juice, or a coat of the miso mayonnaise, which pairs particularly well with the smooth and slightly sweet Hiro sake.
Finally, don’t miss the handmade soba noodles. Hot or cold, this truly artisanal offering comes in deeply umami-flavored broth with grated local farm yam, or with a side of frothy sesame sauce and a dish of chopped walnuts. It won’t be easy deciding, so be prepared to return to Daruma-ya to fulfill all of your desires.
Tomorokoshi tempura (sweet corn tempura with ichimi pepper)
Foie gras aonori
Summer vegetable salad
Tororo soba (hot, served with grated local farm yam)
Strawberry chestnut mocha
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Part of the company Plan Do See—a hospitality group which was named one of the best enterprises to work for in Japan—Daruma-ya is the first venture to be developed stateside. And while the impeccable staff will tell you that the restaurant sticks very close to tradition with its design and dishes, you won’t find anything comparable in the Big Apple—yet.
eye for design
Daruma-ya’s decor is clean and decidedly minimalist, in true Japanese fashion. The back room has empty, white brick walls, with the exception of a massive, rectangular painting of a bonsai tree on the north wall. Tables are made of dark wood, and one burgundy banquette wraps around the entire perimeter of the back room to cover half of the seating. A rectangular skylight opens above a chandelier with large glass “bubbles” encasing the dimmest of light bulbs.
on the stereo
Mellow trance music with a Japanese twang that accentuates the deliciousness of the dishes.
Low to medium—with the potential to get louder and livelier on weekends, and later in evening on some weekdays.
Dinner: Mon–Thu 5:30 PM–10:30 PM; Fri–Sat 5:30 PM–11 PM; Sun 5 PM–10 PM
428 Greenwich St. (between Laight St. and Vestry St; subway; 1 to Franklin St.), New York, NY 10013; 212-274-0428 darumaya-nyc.com $$$