One of the things I love most about New York is discovering a hidden gem. A new restaurant, a quaint neighborhood bar, an underground dance party. There is so much to do in this city that it never gets old because you always find something new to do.
This is how I felt when I was invited to the Mayanoki Sushi Supper Club at the Brooklyn Oenology. But then, we had to try three tmes to get a seat at this small intimate tasting event because it would get sold out immediately. But I thought this was still unknown?! *Sigh* As every New Yorker knows, anything cool spreads like wildfire and, in no time, something modest turns exclusive in 3,2,1... ANYHOW, we ended up scoring a seat, and like they say, great things come to those who wait.
The story about how this club even exist is delightfully serendipitous. Two friends always used to go to the same sushi place in Tribeca and they loved the chef, Chef Albert. When the sushi place shut down they made it a mission to find him. Long story short, they did and private dinner parties followed. The parties got so popular that it ultimately became a business and found its new home at the Brooklyn Oenology, a gorgeous space in Williamsburg with New York state wines. It was fate, clearly.
The sushi and the wine pairings were perfection and although it took a bit to get my seat, it was well worth the wait.
One piece of advice: Come hungry; and sober...ok, that's two.
Be sure to grab a few bottles of wine after dinner. You'll get a discount and, trust me, you don't want to miss out. Every white wine we tasted was refreshing and smooth. So, stock up!
Perfect summer night. Thanks Chef Albert.