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Kissaki in Japanese means "tip of the blade," and at this Lower East Side sushi spot, the chefs take their knives seriously. Located in a former opera house, Kissaki is a project by eclectic Sushi Chef Mark Garcia that honors the art of the knife. The restaurant seats 26 guests with 15 spots reserved for omakase and the remaining for cocktails and bites. All of the fish is driven by seasonality and include such things as Bluefin Chutoro with caviar, yuzu zest and plum soy, Buri with soy and pepper butter, flame-broiled Kinmedai with soy and honey crisp oroshi and Shima-aji with garlic, ginger and chive oroshi with plum soy. Other dishes might include such things as soy-poached duck, sesame-kombu cured salmon as welll as vegan selections. And while omakase can be intimidating, Chef Mark says he is hoping to engage diners with a one-of-a-kind experience. The $160 omakase includes three appetizer courses including a soup, 12 pieces of nigiri and one dessert with matcha.
Neighborhood: Lower East Side