So last month i booked a table through opentable at Wasan. I was indeed feeling special. Special because it was an anniversary (even though a week faster due to something else) with boo.
I googled Wasan’s menu and i literally got hooked. I felt that it would be the perfect place for boo and i to eat and spend Saturday night. Even way better, they have this thing called Chef’s tasting menu. Basically you pay $55 per person and you could taste the chef’s tasting menu that consists of appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
Originally i booked the 8.00 PM table but since i got stuck in the subway (thanks a lot MTA) so i changed it into 9.00 and finally changed it for 9.30 because (again) i felt the train was gonna be delayed. lo and behold, the train ran so slow it seems like forever.
We got off at 8th Street NYU station around 9.15 and walked for about 10 minutes before finally reached the restaurant. while we were walking, there was a crazy (probably drunk) guy standing in the middle of the street screaming weird sentences. poor girlfriend, she had to convince him to get up. eventually we saw him again later on. 😛
we arrived at Wasan around 9.26 and waited for about a minute before we were seated. the place itself is small but it has quite a handful of tables and also a bar where you can grab a sake or beer (incase you don’t want any table). i remember there is a big table in the back, possibly suitable for a party of 5 or 6.
So, what did we order? (beware of foodporn lol)
Amuse: asparagus and burdock, sweet sesame paste
this Amuse thing was so perfect as it really opened our tastebuds. the asparagus and burdocks were so crisp and the sauce was so tasty! I could eat this like a snack everyday!
Grilled scallop, shrimp, and squid salad
Now, how many times did you order squid or scallop only to realize that those two always ended up over cooked or rubbery or just plain dull? Not at Wasan. all the seafoods were so fresh and cooked to perfection boo and i literally did not want to finish eating those. and the sauce for the salad, again tasty and fresh.
sashimi has to be eaten fresh. period. and Wasan did not disappoint. all three of them (salmon, tuna, and i believe yellowtail) were so fresh that we wish they serve more than just couple of pieces. and the wasabi was fresh too.
Grilled Spanish mackerel in sweet vinegar
this is boo’s second appetizer. i actually liked it. the mackerel was cooked just right. and the sauce was great too.
Balsamic chicken, green tartar sauce
Now seriously, that green tartar sauce is THE BOMB! it went well with the chicken (which was again, very juicy and cooked to perfection) and also the balsamic. they also served fried lotus root and (again) i wish they would serve more than just two pieces. 😀
Stone grilled sirloin steak
boo and i opted for the same main entree which is stone grilled sirloin steak. they gave you the hot stone for you to cook the meat. for the dipping sauce, boo and i was discussing whether they actually put sake into the sauce or not. he said they might put some sake while i think they did not put sake instead they used ponzu and probably lil bit of ginger into it. silly us, should have just asked the waiter 😛 anyway, regarding the taste, well this is more like yakiniku thingy so all you need to do is just grill them on the hot stone for like 3-4 minutes and then dip it into the sauce. the beef they used was excellent. not wagyu but it was still darn good.
Strawberry coconut with Wasan Junmai Sake sorbet
this last one, the dessert — boo and i opted for the same dessert. seriously, while typing this, i am longing for that ice cream as it was so delicious! words cannot describe how delicious that ice cream was — and the sake sorbet was so good too! even though it contained alcohol but it was made just right. and they also gave two small pieces of cookies which were awesome. Man, if only i live in East Village i would drop by every day just for the dessert. 😉
In conclusion, Wasan is a very nice spot for those of you who want to experience something different. The food and desserts were just awesome — i mean even if you don’t want to try the chef’s tasting menu you can still find other selections as well. but yeah, this place is perfect for hanging out with friends or dates or even just by yourself. heard they serve delicious uni bowl. and yes, every friday and saturday, they have ramen after 10 PM.
P.S: the chef’s tasting menu change every month so make sure to visit their website first.
P.P.S: reservation is very recommended. it’s not fancy Per Se or La Bernardin but the restaurant itself is small. Unless you want to sit in the bar.
Address: 108 East 4th Street, New York, NY, 10003 (b/w 1st and 2nd avenue)
Hours: Mon : 6pm – 10:30pm
Tue : 6pm – 10:30pm
Wed : 6pm – 10:30pm
Thu : 6pm – 10:30pm
Fri : 6pm – 1am
Sat : 6pm – 1am
Sun : 5pm – 10:30pm
Nearest Transit: 2nd Avenue F train (close by), 8th St NYU N,R trains (about 10 mins walking), Astor Place 6 train (about 10 mins walking), Bleecker St 6 train (about 6-7 mins walking)