Kyo-Ya, which literarly translates to "Today's shop" is probably one of the best Japanese restaurants in New York. It just received a Michelin star for 2009. It is hidden underground on E.7th street and has no sign, which makes it easy to miss. I live around the corner so have been dying to go for months now but was always waiting for the right occasion. This week however, to my surprise my favourite chef Hirata-san took me there and we had some amazing food and sake. We started with the goma-dofu, a very delicate sesame tofu appetiser served cold in a fish broth. We then had some amazing sashimi that literally melted in my mouth. And then moving onto a whole cooked fish, which was in a yuzu ponzu dashi. We tried a great sweet potato tempura and another shrimp dish which were both great. We finished with some cold hand-made udon noodles. This was actually the first time I had had cold udon and it was amazingly clean and refreshing. Each dish was so unique and special and I can hardly wait to go back again.
94 E 7th St
New York, NY