The gist: Diners make reservations months in advance to try ultra chic omakase with innovative cocktails in an intimate bar setting.
The food: If a venue is run by award-winning mixologist Justin Park (of Bar Leather Apron), you’d think the cocktails would be a big enough draw. But at this latest project, the food menu is as revered as the drinks. Park worked with chef Ki Chung to create an omakase (tasting menu) downstairs and an a la carte menu upstairs, in which the food and drinks are meant to be enjoyed as perfect pairings. If you get a reservation upstairs, try the grilled scallop with dashi, the kanpachi with yogurt sauce, and the potato croquette topped with uni and cream. If you get a reservation for the omakase, note that the entire package is a food and drink pairing—you can’t opt out of the drinks. But you can ask for non-alcoholic versions that Park has crafted, so you don’t get too wasted.
The cost: The omakase starts at a base price of $150, but you can order supplements.
How to book: Reservations are taken through Resy on the Bar Maze website. At the moment, reservations need to be made about two months in advance.