The French-inspired Japanese cuisine at Geisha, in the upper East Side, is at once complex and elegant, as is the ambiance. Dark maple wood walls are accented with tangerine-colored cherry blossoms, soft fabrics are artfully draped over chairs, and strands of silver beads (reminiscent of a geisha's headdress) glitter over the low-lying tables. Start your meal with a shrimp lollipop: coriander-marinated shrimp on a sugar cane skewer. Continue with the tuna truffle maki roll, diced akami with spicy mayonnaise and black truffle, or the toro belly topped with flakes of gold.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.