When you walk through the unassuming doorway nestled on 83rd Street, one is immediately whisked away to an environment true to Japanese culture and tradition. Only in Tokyo would you find anything comparable to Donguri.
Once greeted by the always gracious hostess Michiko, you can look around to see a room decorated with exposed brick and wooden rafters. This pristine setting is a minimalist's dream. The small room holds roughly 25 chairs, and is surely one of Manhattan's hidden treasures. Chef Shuji Fujita was classically trained at one of Tokyo's top eateries, and has brought his artistic masterpieces to this side of the globe. Dishes are small, and prepared with every little detail, both visual and palatial, taken into consideration.
Regulars come at least once a week, as homage to Chef Fujita's policy to get the absolute freshest ingredients at any cost. With a 3 Star rating by Forbes Magazine to their credit, Donguri takes pride in it's "unamericanized" food, which makes it special because it maintains the traditional styles it set out to fulfill when it first opened six years ago.
The New York Times stated that "Donguri is the sort of restaurant where you can sit and simply order dishes until you run out of appetite." Other options for diners are the Chef's two Special Courses that seem to give guests a sample of his full capabilities.
Be prepared to experience traditional Japanese fare at it's best. Make one promise, however - keep this small secret close to the vest.
TASTING DINNERS; FIXED PRICE DINNERS;
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Tue. - Sun. 5:30 - 9:45
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