In the category of dreams that come true: I’ve been the hugest fan of Tim Cushman and his Boston restaurant O Ya since he was an F&W Best New Chef 2008. (That same year, then-New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni picked O Ya as his #1 top new restaurant in the country.) O Ya specializes in genius sushi dishes that range from classic to off-the-wall; from cleanly flavored to rich and indulgent.
I’ve waited a while, but finally, O Ya has arrived in Manhattan. Hurray, New York City! The cozy restaurant, which officially opens tonight, June 5, in the renovated Park South Hotel, feels a bit like the Boston flagship, with similar dark brick walls and a long sushi bar with a bunch of chefs in action behind it.
Here are some cool things they’re preparing for the 18-course ($185) and the 24-course ($245) Okii Ringo (translation: Big Apple) menus that I got to preview. They’re not cheap, but they’re cheaper than the Boston menus, so I’ll say it again: Yay, NYC! 124 E. 28th St.; 212-204-0200; www.oyarestaurantnyc.com