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A Sushi Speakeasy With a Sake Vending Machine Just Opened in New York City

Restaurants + Bars News Food + Drink
by Eben Diskin Dec 26, 2018

The world’s first restaurant inside a hotel room has just opened in New York City on the 10th floor of Hotel 3232. Sushi by Bou Suite 1001 allows guests to dine on expertly prepared sushi in the cozy atmosphere of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The unique dining experience is the brainchild of Michael Sinensky and Erika London of Simple Venue, a hospitality company that specializes in turning unused hotel spaces into dining and beverage concepts.

Sushi By Bou Suite 1001 sushi speakeasy

Photo: Sushi By Bou/Facebook

The journey to the restaurant is almost as cool as the restaurant itself. When diners enter the hotel, a front desk attendant will give them a key card to the 10th floor, where the restaurant is hidden behind an unmarked door. Guests in the cozy 150-square-foot space will immediately be immersed in the Prohibition-era decor, including a lounge area and a sushi bar that seats four. At the bar, diners can watch sushi expert Chef Bouhadana prepare the restaurant’s offerings, which include smoked lean tuna, ikura, uni sea urchin, and fatty tuna. Unsurprisingly, prices are relatively steep with a 17-piece omakase going for $100.

When you’re finished eating, you can enjoy drinks on the adjacent terrace with views of the Empire State Building. The suite even features a sake vending machine — though not at typical vending machine prices. Expect a three-ounce sake pour to cost around $30.

Sushi By Bou

Photo: Sushi By Bou/Facebook

Seating is available by reservation only and can be booked here. There are two other locations in New York City, the Jue Lan Club and the Sanctuary Hotel, each of which offers their own unique speakeasy environment. And if you can’t make it to New York, Sushi by Bou will soon be opening similar sushi experiences in Miami.

H/T: Travel + Leisure

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