Kaiseki Yuzu is one of the most rewarding dining experiences in Chinatown, a neighborhood overloaded with Asian restaurants and increasing competition among ultra-premium, high-end Japanese options.
Chef and owner Kaoru Azeuchi draws on his vast experience in both Asian and French cuisine to put together a series of multi-course kaiseki menus – similar to omakase dinners, but with a more locked-in focus on seasonal ingredients. Along the way, guests will experience the very best ingredients like certified A5 Wagyu beef, caviar and fresh fish sourced from Tokyos' famous Toyosu Market. It's not uncommon to see intricately prepared appetizers, interactive hot-pot soups, minimalist sushi presentations and grilled specialties. Even tempura (lightly fried) and sunomono (marinated in vinegar) courses make fish and vegetables taste special.
Reservations are required and typically limited to two seatings a night with a choice between Chiku ($165) and more expensive Shou ($210 - $250) menus. Kaiseki Yuzu may take certain allergy preferences into account, but generally won't accommodate dairy or gluten restrictions. Everyone sits at one long table for 10 people, although there are two private rooms for larger parties. The menu changes monthly.