I was recently invited to try a new Wagyu and tempura Omakase restaurant connected to J-Spec in the East Village, called Esora.
This was one of the most incredible Omakase experiences I’ve had. We started with a trio of appetizers: wagyu tartare + uni, scallop + caviar, and tofu.
All were excellent, but the wagyu tartare and uni was possibly the best bite of the night!
Next up was sashimi. More wagyu strip, as well as sea bream and blue fin tuna.
Wagyu sushi? YUP! We got a taste of both Hida and Ozaki strip here. Torched (Ozaki), and raw (Hida).
The tempura portion of the meal was so much fun, and the bites seemed to just keep coming!
Prawn heads (and bodies):
Tenderloin wrapped in shiso leaf. Awesome!
Squash blossom and Japanese pumpkin:
And finally, sweet potato:
We washed that down with a really tasty seafood and mushroom soup, served in a nice tea kettle with citrus (dobinmushi).
Next, we had STEAK! Wagyu strip from Hida:
…and from the Ozaki family brand:
Check this out!
I liked the Ozaki a bit better:
There was also sea bream rice with ikura:
And finally, dessert: earl grey tea panna cotta, roasted green tea, and peach compote.
I highly recommend this place. Make sure to call ahead at least 24hrs before booking. There are only seven seats at the bar with the chef, and there are a limited number of seatings each day.
239 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003