Date Night At Kyotofu

Posted on January 22, 2013 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

It's so hard to find time to go out during the week sometimes especially when I have to travel for business. I was finally able to coordinate a relaxing evening out on a not-so-special night at an-oh-so-special little place.

How inviting is that sign? Even better is their Happy Hour which is Monday through Thursday between the hours of 5-8 pm. 2 for 1 cocktails, beers and select sakes & wines. How great is that? We started with some delicious cocktails. I had the Pamela-san (tequila, blood orange puree, calpico and a hint of basil) and Sergiy had the Spicy Bloody Samurai (shochu, tomato juice and a blend of Japanese spices).

Sorry they are so blurry. It was good. I was shaking with happiness after a long day.


I had one more drink. A very unique tea cocktail called Cha Time which is made of shochu, lychee syrup and a mix of Japanese teas.

Kyotofu Mac & Cheese, gruyere, truffle pate, seven spice shichimi, panko with pancetta... Can I just tell you how AMAZING this mac & cheese is?! The pasta is soaked in sake and everything is beautifully balanced. The truffle is not overwhelming, but instead inviting and warm.

House artisanal tofu made in-house daily accompanied by three different sauces: kuromitsu, soy sesame and tomato olive oil ...This is such a refined and delicate dish and I was surprised how each of the sauces complimented the tofu. Both sweet and savory, this really worked for me.

Pulled Pork Sliders and Red Cabbage Slaw... I really like how these sliders weren't dripping in some kind of BBQ sauce, but rather in its own yummy juices. It was moist and well seasoned. The bun didn't get soggy and the slaw that came with it was equally delicious.  

Tiger Shrimp Croquettes, panko crusted, sambal tofu remoulade on a bed of greens...What a generous portion! I almost always order croquettes when I see it on a menu. It's a weakness of mine. These were not greasy and it was great having it served on a bed of greens. It kept the dish light.

Sake Braised Pork Belly Bershire pork belly slow cooked in traditional braise of soy sauce sake, ginger, herbs and spices, served with house pickles & purple shiso onigiri... OKAY. This was Sergiy's favorite dish.

Curry Rice with Kurobuta Sausage and Egg...Sergiy and I were mentioning how this dish tastes a lot like my mom's home made curry. This is a very good thing. I love that the rice had black goma seeds sprinkled on top of it. It's always that kind of detail that really help a dish stand out for me.

Green Tea Creme Brulee, orange shiro an, vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate tuile...Sergiy was completely blown away by his gluten-free dessert! He wants to come back for dessert again and he says he'll order the same one.

Matcha latte... Best I've had to date.

What a great night it was! I'm planning more date nights after I return especially since I'll be away from home the next two weeks. I'll be in San Francisco and Los Angeles until the eve of Superbowl Sunday, but then I'll be back for a little while again till my next trip.

Sergiy and I will definitely be having another date night at Kyotofu in the very near future.


705 9th Avenue
Manhattan, NY 10019

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(212) 974-6012




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