A Refined Yet Theatrical Fine Dining Experience Awaits in Greenpoint

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Those who consider themselves culinary aficionados have likely seen the 2022 film The Menu. If you’re anything like us, before the night, er, takes a turn (no spoilers here), you were yearning to be part of such an experience seemingly reserved only for one-percenters.

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We are pleased to share that we have discovered a place that evokes all that was good about The Menu––and much more accessible (not just in terms of price––it’s just steps from the subway, no boats required).

In the oversaturated landscape of New York City’s fine dining scene, Restaurant Yuu stands out as a beacon of innovation and excellence. Earning a prestigious Michelin Star within six months of opening in 2023, such an achievement is a testament to the uniqueness of this 16-course French omakase tasting menu with subtle Japanese influences.

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The journey begins at the intimate tasting counter. Patrons whisper excitedly about what awaits behind the wall of curtain in front of them. Conversations halt as one of the chefs emerges from behind the curtain to introduce the evening’s ingredients with precision, setting the stage for a true spectacle. The lights turn off and back on again, parting to reveal Executive Chef Yuu Shimano and his distinguished team, including Chef de Cuisine Simon Ek and Executive Chef Shuji Furukawa.

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Each course is orchestrated with theatrical flair. A celebration of seasonal produce and proteins, the menu showcases Chef Yuu’s creative prowess. One particular signature dish highlights his particular dedication to innovation and quality.

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Duck en Croute begins with a Hudson Valley-sourced duck that is dry-aged in house for four weeks. After fire-roasting and layering with a paste of minced duck leg, mushrooms, and onions, it is topped with foie gras and wrapped in spinach. An ultra-thin pie shell is prepared fresh each day with a new design on top. After baking, Chef Yuu describes his process to each patron. He then slices and serves it piece by piece with a fond de veau of duck stock, foie gras, black pepper, and cognac. Such preparation exemplifies the harmonious fusion of French technique and Japanese sensibility that defines Chef Yuu’s cuisine.

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Executive Pastry Chef Masaki Takahashi elevates each affair with his exquisite, hyper-seasonal desserts. Upon the end of the omakase, guests are escorted to the parlor area to further enjoy Chef Masaki’s decadent mignardises, concluding with a sweet finale.

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Beyond the gastronomic delights, Restaurant Yuu hosts an unparalleled beverage program under the stewardship of General Manager-Sommelier Akio Matsumoto. The wine and sake selections, ranging from traditional to avant-garde, are thoughtfully curated to enhance the flavors of each dish. Guests can choose between the Standard or Noble wine and sake pairings.

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For those seeking a more casual yet refined escapade, an adjacent wine and cheese bar offers wine and sake by the glass, an array of Japanese whiskies, as well as a selection of artisanal cheeses including 26-month Comte, Chabichou, and Mimolette, plus house-made breads and jams. This cozy, eight-seat space provides an ideal setting to unwind.

Since its opening nearly a year ago, Restaurant Yuu continues to redefine fine dining in New York City by embracing the Japanese concept of omotenashi––mindful customer service that forgoes stiffness in exchange for casualness and fun, driven by the principles of anticipation, selflessness, and sincerity. 

Top Takeaways:

Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Address: 55 Nassau Ave #2A2, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Cuisine: Japanese-French

Price Point: $$$$

Takes Reservations: Yes – Tock

The vibe: Well-versed culinarians know how easy it may be to overlook this special spot nestled amidst the buzzy Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint. Inside, patrons enjoy a The Menu-adjacent experience that is significantly more enjoyable, casual, and approachable within the sleek space.

Our favorite thing on the menu: The menu changes based on seasonality and availability, but thankfully, the Duck en Croute remains. 

The attire: Smart Casual

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: Restaurant Yuu is open Tuesday through Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. Walk-ins are not accepted; reservations are necessary.

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