An intimate new sushi restaurant, Jōji, has opened in NYC by power duo Chef George Ruan, former sushi chef at world-renowned Masa, and Chef Daniel Boulud, Michelin-Starred French chef and restaurateur. The hidden omakase spot is tucked away in Grand Central Terminal, below Boulud’s Le Pavilion and directly connected to One Vanderbilt.
According to 6sqft, Jōji was inspired by Tokyo’s sushi restaurants to create an omakase experience unlike anywhere else in NYC. Chef George Ruan focuses on high quality, seasonal ingredients to compliment their premium selection of fine wines and sake.
“I have always dreamed of having the opportunity to bring to life a truly unique sushi-based concept that combines elements of the traditional, while also being daring and unexpected,” shared Ruan in a statement.
The restaurant accommodates up to 18 people, featuring a 10-seat counter and a private room suited for 8 guests. Diners will indulge in a “serene dining experience” with “authentic Japanese character, designed with a deep reverence of nature…that both inspires and delights,” writes their website.
Two seatings are available each night. The first begins at 5:15pm, with a second seating at 8:15pm. The high-end omakase menu comes at $375/person.
Reservations can be made through their website on Resy. The private dining room can be reserved for larger groups by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Since each dish is carefully constructed, specific dietary restrictions like vegan and vegetarian cannot be accommodated.
Jōji has also launched an extension of the experience with to-go sushi boxes. Perfect for New Yorkers that are always out and about, their omakase box comes with “nigiri must-haves” and chef-selected sashimi.
Order yours here for pickup or delivery.
To learn more about the restaurant or Jōji Box, check out their website here.
Where: Corner of 43rd and One Vanderbilt below street level
When: Tuesdays – Saturdays