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Congrats. You now have access to this sushi supper club helmed by a stud chef.

Published On 05/09/2013 Published On 05/09/2013
Mayanoki - Main

Once upon a time, there was this chef named Albert at Tribeca sushi institution Zutto, and everybody flocked to his bar because he was great. The end. Just kidding! So when Albert left, two of his most fervent fans tracked him down through awesomely shadowy sushi world connections (those exist), began inviting him over to their place to make dinner for them and friends, and eventually grew the whole affair into a supper club called Mayanoki. And now you can get in

To accommodate about 16 people per dinner, including you, they've moved the party out of their apartment and into Brooklyn Oenology Winery's tasting room, where they can take advantage of that crew's wine-y knowledge by pairing the sushi creations with the appropriate pour

This is the much sought-after sushi chef Albert. During his 20yrs at Zutto, he developed somewhat of a cult following because of his inventive sushi and knowledge of how the fish and sauces work together. The Mayanoki guys say that, to this day, when people who haven't seen Albert since his days at Zutto see him again, they have no option but to hug him. You should probably eat his stuff at least once before you do that

There's a pretty deep canon of eats that get rolled out on the nine-course omakase -- the menu will always be changing, but you can expect goods like this shrimp and spicy toro combo in a lightly toasted rice wrap

This tuna poke is what originally drew one of the organizers into the Albert following: perfectly cut cubes of fish topped with sesame oil, onions, onion, garlic, and sometimes peanuts, all served in a martini glass

After being lightly seared with a blowtorch, the white tuna on the bottom is topped with soft spicy salmon belly, dolloped with Sriracha, and set around a pool of eel sauce. You're meant to roll it up and eat it sort of sandwich-style with the belly in the middle. This is not some rookie chopstick maneuver

Here's Albert's take on a Rainbow Roll. It wraps tuna, crab, and salmon in daikon, and comes served with Albert's secret sauce, a sort of "indefinable rice-wine-vinegar garlicky relish". You are correct, Albert -- that is likely not in the dictionary.

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The tasting room for Brooklyn Oenology Winery, you can sip on all BOW wines, as well as a bunch of local NY whiskies, ciders, wines, and beers, all while learning the science of winemaking.