NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tomorrow, beloved London restaurant wagamama opens its first New York location at 210 Fifth Avenue at 26 th Street, bordering the bustling NoMad and Flatiron neighborhoods.
A menu of Asian food inspired by the flavors of Japan includes bold donburi and teppanyaki, soul-satisfying ramen, colorful curries, gyoza and steamed buns. All dishes are prepared in an open kitchen at the heart of the restaurant, and are served as soon as they are ready—a long-established practice of wagamama. Signatures include chilisquid, tossed with seven spice shichimi, chicken katsu in a fragrant curry sauce over sticky rice, and wagamama ramen, a house specialty since wagamama's beginning. The noodles, a proprietary wagamama recipe perfected over 24 years, are imported from the UK. A list of fresh juices, are also pressed, pulped and poured to order and include choices such as super green with apple mint celery and lime and raw juice with carrot, cucumber, tomato, orange and apple. The Manhattan opening marks several firsts for wagamama, including the debut of an Asian-inspired weekend brunch and a full bar and cocktail list created with New Yorkers in mind. Drinks are wagamama takes on classic cocktails such as the whisky sawa with Iwai Japanese whisky and lapsang souchong liqueur and the yuzu mojito made with Tanduay rum and yuzu liqueur, in addition to an extensive Asian craft beer range. The expansive, bi-level restaurant, with entrances on both Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is sleek and modern with exposed brick walls, pendant lamps and rich wood accents. Minimalist wood and metal stools offer seating at individual tables throughout, while communal tables—another founding principle of wagamama—seat up to 18 on long benches and establish a sense of equality among diners. Additional seating is available at a long, marble bar and on a large mezzanine overlooking the main dining room.