Zutto, a place which may sound familiar to New Yorkers who have tried searching for sushi downtown, has served Japanese raw-fare for more than 30 years in Tribeca. What’s different now? Although the location and name are the same, exciting things are happening to their menu.
The new chef, Joshua Smookler, is developing a new concept which he hopes will succeed in the ever-changing restaurant industry. Still serving sushi, Smookler has also changed this establishment into a Japanese American izakaya-like pub (an izakaya is typically known as a Japanese drinking establishment that pairs food and drink together) that is quickly becoming the place to have ramen and other innovative cuisine.
Chef Smookler has a background at Bouley and Per Se, where he worked the front of the house for years before transitioning to the kitchen. With his elegant plating style and fine dining experience, it is no surprise that his dishes are French influenced, to the pleasure of local foodies.
However, the ramen is what is all the rage (and also happens to be the chef’s favorite dish). The process of creating his ramen is specialized and intricate. He starts with to-die-for broths that take almost two days to finish. He then pours the rich, silky liquid over soft noodles made from his own recipe, completing the dish with an assortment of ingredients. The tonkotsu classic bowl is worth a try, which comes with smoky chasu, sweet pickled ginger, sesame, and kikurage, commonly known as wood ear mushroom.
Now that we got your mouths watering, try it out for yourself! Zutto is open for lunch Monday through Friday11:30am to 3pm, and for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30pm to 11pm.