Move over, Decoupage Williamsburg, because Origami Uptown is here, complementing its world-renowned downtown sister shop with a similar look, but a strikingly divergent menu.
Sidled up next to Bar Louie in the Mozaic Building on Lagoon, this iteration's more spacious and loft-like, with a bar-forward design, lofted second-level seating, and a centerpiece sushi bar.
Among the newness is the Miyabi Maki: salmon, mango sauce, and red pepper draped over a core of cucumber, avocado, snow crab, and smelt roe; aka, a hazard of working with Mike on Dirty Jobs.
Behold: The Black Widow, with an inside of cucumber, cream cheese, jalapeno, and soft shell crab, and a "web of Sriracha".
They call these flash-fried octopus dumplings "takoyaki".
These Sweet Potato Spoons are sweet tater-coconut mousse topped with crispy rice crackers, crispy sweet potato, and roasted chestnuts.
Check it out: this is how God sees the bar. Also, He eats here often. It's just that good.
That's three more high-end Japanese whiskeys than most places in town. Plus Oban.
They've even got Sapporo tapped from
an authentic Samurai sword a neat-looking handle.
And of course: the sake. You won't recognize anything, but at least you can admire sweet names like Rising Dragon's Toryu (spicy/sweet and Midwest-exclusive to Origami), and the dry nigori Hitori Musume, which apparently translates to "only daughter", and not "history museum" -- who knew?