Interior architect, RISD Interior Architecture, and recently turned restaurateur, Jae Park has opened a modern omakase (chef’s choice) style restaurant named DOMODOMO, located on the border of Greenwich Village and SoHo, sharing the same block with trendy Miss Lily’s and Bar Veloce.
The 30-seat space (designed by Mr. Park himself) stays true to the art of Japanese natural minimalism. The exterior designed with its beautiful distressed wood is reminiscent of a restaurant one might find in a Japanese fishing village, but the interior in contrast has an elegant modern feel. The wall accents are individually hand cut birch wood, which also matches the long sushi bar countertop. No detail was overlooked during Mr. Park’s personal design and build process, from the sushi counters being measured and cut to fit the exact size of the slate stone serving plates to the rustic country style chairs. He perfectly sets the scene for head chef Brian Kim. Mr. Kim earned his chops at the Culinary Institute of America and at David Bouley’s own Japanese restaurant, “Brushstroke”.
DOMODOMO focuses on Asian inspired cuisine, turning the hand roll into an elevated experience.
Chef Brian offers an omakase menu separated into Trust Me Lite, Trust Me, and Trust Me More courses. The chef makes each roll by choosing the finest cuts of fish perfectly balanced with fresh warm rice and crisp seaweed, all meant to be eaten right away for the best tasting experience. Accompany the course with hand picked sake, wine from Japanese vineyards, or Japanese Belgian ales. Finally, finish everything off with a choice of either homemade watercress panna cotta, green tea pudding, or green tea ice cream with white chocolate sauce. If one prefers a la carte, that is available as well, with blue crab handrolls and lobster handrolls being the crowd favorites. The squid ink pasta and the jumbo oyster with scallop isn’t to be missed either.
DOMODOMO, located at 138 W. Houston St. between MacDougal and Sullivan, serves dinner only.