Photos: Moody Tongue
A new sushi spot in the West Village is offering elevated beer and sushi pairings. Moody Tongue Sushi, from Chicago’s Moody Tongue Brewing Company, is located at 50 West 10th Street. “Moody Tongue,” a moniker for those with a discerning palate, was founded by cousins Jared Rouben and Jeremy Cohn with an eye toward pairing their beers with food. Rouben is the Brewmaster and President, while Cohn serves as CEO.
Executive Sushi Chef Hiromi Iwakiri is creating a selection of nigiri which guests can enjoy a la carte or in a progression similar to that of a tasting menu. The restaurant is offering 16 draft lines as well as a selection of bottled beers from Moody Tongue, including the New York exclusive Shaved Black Truffle Rice Lager, and specialty beers such as the Pressed Asian Pear Saison (which is served in a flute and highlights notes reminiscent of vintage Champagne), and perennial favorites like the Juiced Lychee IPA, Orange Blossom Belgian Blonde and Sour Cherry Berliner Weisse. The beverage program also includes a curated list of wines and cocktails.
Rouben and Cohn partnered with Chef Jared Wentworth in 2019 to open The Dining Room and The Bar at the brewery’s production facility in Chicago, earning them two Michelin stars in the process. Moody Tongue says like many sushi chefs, brewers are also minimalists, adding that they both bring together a few select ingredients with the goal of creating balance and allowing those ingredients to shine.
The restaurant’s hours will be Tuesday to Thursday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm and Friday & Saturday from 5:00pm to 12:00am. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged and can be made via Resy.
For more information, visit www.moodytongue.com.