At this small Upper East Side omakase-only restaurant, diners are greeted by a sign that reads: Today's Special — Trust Me. The small establishment only seats about 30 people at both the bamboo sushi bar and wooden tables. With chef Kenji Takahashi’s daily changing omakase (or chef's tasting) menu, diners are served small plate after small plate of raw fish that can include such delicacies as sea urchin, monkfish liver, black salmon, and iced Toro. Each dish is presented with an explanation of what it is and how to best eat it.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Sarti used to be a bland business-district restaurant, not far from Federation Square, notable mainly for its fantastic rooftop terrace. But the kitchen has been revitalized thanks to new chef Riccardo Momesso (of <strong>Bottega</strong>). In the dining room, a sexy design makeover has resulted in appealingly low lighting and hand-scribbled walls. Charismatic maître d’ and co-owner Joe Mammone (of <strong>Il Bàcaro</strong>) brings in a young, stylish crowd to eat—or just to drink at the central, horseshoe-shaped bar.
We loved: Braised suckling lamb with truffled pecorino.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.