Kanoyama, a Japanese Michelin-starred restaurant, was our option to have a good time Valentine’s Day. I wasn’t anticipating to go to the restaurant really; NYC had simply opened the indoor house and I wasn’t certain my husband was conscious of it.
I do know some individuals suppose that Valentine’s Day is a business entice and we don’t must have a good time love on a particular day, I acquired it. However a) we have to help our eating places as a lot as we are able to – Covid has been brutal for them, and b) it’s a great reminder particularly when you will have a good time 29 years of marriage quickly! Yup!
So, lengthy story quick, listening to of the opening of the eating places, my husband hurried to discover a restaurant in Manhattan with availability on Valentine’s Day. Sadly, lots of them had been nonetheless closed, however he managed to seek out this one: Kanoyama.
The thrill was actual, and I assumed let’s put on a cute costume, as we had been sporting our coats and hats to eat out not too long ago. Nothing subtle however good and stylish!
To attempt to preserve the patrons and the employees secure, they left the doorway door open; it was freezing outdoors and chilly inside! For sure, nobody noticed my costume as I stored my coat on.
A Plexiglas wall separated the tables and there was sufficient house between them to respect Covid-19 laws.
We ordered the Valentine’s menu, which was kaiseki-style, ie. a conventional multi-course Japanese dinner. We began with a turnip soup; it was beautiful, and the fried sliver radish daikon introduced an attention-grabbing taste to it.
We ordered dry sake to accompany the menu. (I at all times ask for dry sake.) It was scrumptious however sadly, I don’t keep in mind the title. Oops!
Assorted appetizers adopted with oyster, sea urchin, fatty tuna, and sesame tofu with persimmon. The presentation was lovely, and every little chew was a fascinating discovery.
The appetizers had been adopted by firefly squids and scallops marinated in yuzu and white miso sauce, introduced in a scooped-out pomelo.
I like Japanese savory egg custard. I like the style and the feel, easy like silk. This one was with prosciutto and snow crab.
Then we had omakase sushi, which implies “go away it as much as the chef”. And that is precisely what we did!
From our desk, I may see the sushi cooks making ready the sushi, and for individuals who didn’t order the Valentine’s menu, they’d some inventive displays. We had an unbelievable number of fish: salmon, toro, trout, jackfish, and scallops… Each single piece was a pleasure, however I’ve to say the ocean urchin was excellent! We completed with a large tuna roll to eat by hand.
The dessert was chocolate moelleux with ice cream. It was good, however I’d have most popular to have inexperienced tea with wagashi to complete with an genuine Japanese contact.
Kanoyama is an informal restaurant, the service staff is pleasant and environment friendly, and the meals is pleasant!

175 2nd Ave, New York
📞 +12127775266
Worth vary: $$$
Closed Monday
Tuesday – Sunday: 5:30 – 9:30 pm