Downtown's newest urban hotspot combines masterful Asian cuisine developed by chef Katsuya Uechi with posh, contemporary environs dreamt up by design icon Philippe Starck. An über-fresh array of sea fare - including delicacies like toro, sea urchin and yellowfin collar - is done justice in some of the city's finest sushi, sashimi and warm preparations, including skewers grilled over a traditional Japanese robata grill.
Katsuya also boasts specialty cocktails featuring unique ingredients meant to stimulate the senses, including the soothing Watermelon Cucumber Mojito and the adventurous Burning Mandarin made with mandarin vodka, seranno chili, lemon, orange and cranberry juice. Enjoy either over dinner or in Katsuya's chic bar, which features a Daily Double Social Hour where all specialty cocktails and a selection of signature dishes are available for $7 from 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.
VIBE: Cutting-edge and captivating; stimulating, yet comfortably laidback urban oasis.
SPECIALTY: The miso-marinated black cod and crispy rice with spicy tuna are legendary.
VARIETY: Artfully plated sushi and non-sushi dishes, as well as a vast array of robata-grilled specialties.
AVERAGE $: Starters, $17; robata, $4; sushi and sashimi, $7; rolls, $12.