Florence Fabricant reports in The New York Times that the new restaurant Kappo Masa, Larry Gagosian and Masa Takayama’s eatery underneath the Gagosian headquarters at 980 Madison Avenue, will open this Friday.
She also previews the menu a bit, which has been described in the past as “contemporary Japanese.”
The open kitchen produces raw and cooked items for a vast yet seasonal and often luxurious menu of sushi; sashimi; and grilled, steamed, braised and fried dishes often strewn with caviar or white truffles and served on dinnerware that Mr. Takayama designed. Sashimi is arrayed on frozen blocks of glass, and at lunch there will be preset bamboo bento boxes.
The name, Kappo Masa, refers to the chef’s adeptness in traditional Japanese cooking methods, though clearly he’s not limiting himself to those.