This Intimate Omakase Counter in Williamsburg Promises an Unforgettable, 18-Course Experience

Inspired by the timeless tale of “Shota No Sushi,” a tale of a boy whose passion for sushi mirrored his own, Chef Cheng Lin dreamed of creating a sanctuary for sushi enthusiasts––a place where passion and precision intersected to achieve sushi perfection. Thus, Shota Omakase was born.

Chef Cheng Lin’s career spans nearly three decades. Born and raised in Fujian, China, he began his culinary career in 1997 after moving to New York City. Chef Cheng set to work honing his skills at esteemed establishments such as Hatsuhana, Sushi Seki, and Blue Ribbon, before finding his true calling at ITO Tribeca. 

Over two decades later, Chef Cheng has finally opened Shota in South Williamsburg. The culmination of his commitment to perfecting the art of sushi making––and the haven he fantasized of as a little boy––is evident in every aspect of the experience.

Chef Cheng demonstrates painstaking dedication to sourcing the highest-quality ingredients, while embracing a modern approach to traditional Edomae-style sushi preparation. 

Guests are treated to an exquisite 18-course omakase set. With offerings dependent on the season, patrons are offered a thoughtful menu comprised of five small dishes, followed by 11 nigiri, one hand roll and one cut roll, and is complimented by the expertly curated selection of wines, sakes, and champagne by beverage director Johnny Walker.

No matter the time of year, Chef Ling depends on three main ingredients: a rare seven-year aged vinegar from Japan, two-year aged shoyu, and meticulously selected rice from the most ideal mountainous terrains of central Japan that add an intentional umami flavor. Fish for courses like Tokujo Uni (sea urchin) from Hokkaido, Zuke Akami (lean tuna) from Ehime, and Sawara (king mackerel) from Fukuda are sourced directly from top fishermen in Japan. 

Chef Cheng uses distinguished techniques to ensure the humane dispatch of the fish and the utmost preservation of its quality, and also places an emphasis on marinating, curating, and aging of the fish.

Book a spot at this intimate 18-seat counter and prepare to embark on a journey that will completely alter every expectation for omakase. 

Top Takeaways

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Address: 50 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Cuisine: Japanese Omakase

Price Point: $$$$

Takes Reservations: Yes – Resy or Tock

The vibe: Time-honored Edomae sushi traditions are fused with contemporary culinary innovations throughout this 18-course experience.

Our favorite thing on the menu: The menu changes depending on seasonality and availability, though we appreciate the thoughtful sourcing and use of highest quality ingredients.

The attire: Smart Casual

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: Dinner: Tuesdays through Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, and Fridays through Sundays from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 

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