Chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau created Shuko, the East Village eatery that offers daily tasting menus based on traditional Japanese flavors and techniques. The vision for Shuko came together nearly a decade earlier, when Kim and Lau met while working at Masa in Columbus Circle. From there, the duo launched Neta, and from there, Shuko was born.

Shuko doesn’t offer diners a fully loaded menu. Instead, there are only two options: a Sushi Tasting menu based on freshness and seasonality of sashimi and sushi; and a Sushi Kaiseki menu, which is a multi-course menu that guides patrons through carefully composed dishes that highlight seasonal ingredients. In a review for The New York Times, critic Pete Wells promises, “In run-of-the-mill sushi bars, the spicy tuna roll is a cheap firecracker of questionable provenance. Nobody who has had Shuko’s version, though, is going to forget it.”

Shuko is open Monday through Wednesday from 5:30 until 10:30 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 until 11:30 p.m.

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