New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
While the exquisite Japanese cuisine is the main draw at this sushi temple in the Flatiron District a new offshoot of the long-established Sag Harbour original – the inventive cocktails are also worth your time. It’s an attractive space with a stylish lounge area and a square dining room which is surrounded by a wall made from bark (this looks more appealing than it sounds). The bar is also made of wood and everything is flatteringly lit. A separate private dining space is available if you have something to celebrate. Sake plays a big role at Sen; bottles pepper the room and there’s a hot sake machine in the bar. If you’re a bit of sake novice, the menu is arranged in a way that’s easy to navigate, with a system of dots used to flag up levels of dryness or bitterness. The cocktail list features Asian takes on classic drinks as well as new creations like the Gin Beach, a mix of Campari, gin, and muddled cucumbers, and the refreshing Yuzguchi Lemonade, a blend of homemade yuzu lemonade and ginger with either vodka or gin; their hot apple cider sake makes the ideal tipple on a chilly New York night. The sushi is as fresh as it gets and all the food is beautifully presented, ranging in size from small bites to bigger dishes like Maine lobster with miso butter and the ubiquitous but delicious stone-fired wagyu. Bigger in size than the Hamptons mother ship, this venue attracts a hipper, more urban crowd.