This week, I was invited to a wonderful event at Sushi Seki Times Square, to celebrate the placement in Wine & Spirits Magazine - NYC 50 (where to eat and drink well in NYC right now). I have never been to that place, but, believe me: after what I have tried, I will surely go back, especially after trying some of the signature dishes of Chef Seki, that I wish I met that day.
Here is what I had:
For beverages, this event was full of top producers, serving not only beer or sake, but also shochu, whiskey and champagne. For the latter, I knew already the Lanson brand as I remember that my grandfather used to buy it whenever we celebrated an event or a Holiday.
There was also a wine-style sparkling cider from Cliffton Dry, a refreshing drink that had nice notes of pear, honey and citrus with a clean apple finish.
They also proposed Shochu that I tried in a drink I will talk about in a few, as well as Japanese whiskey.
But, there was one table people could not miss: Sakeman! Well, there were two guys wearing masks that most of the people mistook for Mexican wrestlers because of the lucha libre inspired masks, but with a small difference: each character has a letter in the front, forming the word "sake" (I got to meet the "S" and "K").
The cocktails I tried at Sushi Seki were fantastic: well balanced, not overly strong, and refreshing. The first one was called "Ringo Thyme", that is exclusively served at the Times Square location, made with the sparkling cider mentioned above.
The second one of the Yuzu cocktail, made with shochu. shizo, yuzu honey and yukari salt. It was in fact my favorite.
Food wise, they served some delicious hors d'oeuvre, some of them like the tomato seared over salmon sushi being signature dishes. Here is what I could try:
Seared tomato over salmon sushi: a surprising combination that is like a Japanese bruschetta.
Hamachi sushi with jalapeño:
Yuzu miso cod:
Gobo (burdock root):
Shrimp and lotus root:
Veggies with dashi and bonito flakes:
The food at Sushi Seki was delicious and tasted fresh. This event definitely makes me want to go back and try some other dishes. I am not surprised Sushi Seki is named in Wine & Spirits: this is well deserved!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Sushi Seki Times Square - 365 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036