Jōji is a new Omakase restaurant in Grand Central Terminal – Robb Report

New York’s latest omakase spot is inspired by the sushi restaurants found in Tokyo’s train concourses. So naturally, you’ll find it in a secluded alcove in Grand Central Terminal, the city’s most iconic train station.

Jōji, which opened on Wednesday, is a service counter run by George Ruan, who has spent nearly two decades working at Masa, the three-star Michelin fish temple. For the new restaurant, he teamed up with a starred legend in his own right, Daniel Boulud.

One of the rolls

Eric Vitale Photography

“Jōji is not just an intimate omakase dining experience, but a veritable sanctuary for sushi lovers like me,” Boulud said in a statement. “The tranquil ambience of Jōji’s interior coupled with select seasonal menus will provide each guest with a bespoke and refined experience.”

The restaurant currently offers two services per evening, with 10 seats at the counter and a private dining room that can accommodate up to eight people. The seasonal omakase menu will set you back $375 per person, and the fish can be paired with premium sake and fine wine for an additional fee. In two hours, you will be presented with five entrees, 14 pieces of nigiri and a dessert, according to Eater NY. Dishes will change daily, and possibly even depending on the customer: If you’ve dined at Jōji before, the chef may alter some ingredients to provide a new experience, a spokesperson told Eater.

The view from the counter

Eric Vitale Photography

To complete the omakase offer, Ruan and Boulud have also opened Jōji Box, a take-out sushi counter, just next door. You can pick up boxes containing nigiri, maki and sashimi, as well as à la carte dishes. Delivery will be available in October.

“I look forward to sharing my deep love and admiration for the diversity of seasons and Japanese ingredients with our guests,” Ruan said in a statement.

Jōji is now open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Jōji Box is open on the same days, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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