Openings: Naoki, MakiMaki, Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar

July 28, 2017 10:00 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm



Japanese restaurateur Naoki Takahashi has tapped chef Jiro Iida (Salt and Charcoal, Aburiya Kinnosuke) to head the kitchen at his new restaurant Naoki in Chelsea. The restaurant serves a tasting menu for $80, excluding dessert, that includes hanakago (eight types of appetizers, served in a basket), as well as a second and third course (from hamachi and salmon tempura to grilled lobster in uni sauce). An extensive dessert menu, unusual for a Japanese restaurant, offers Taiyaki Apple Pie, Garden Matcha Tiramisu, and “Unkai” Sesame Pudding, among other choices. 311 W. 17th St., Chelsea.


The new fast-casual restaurant MakiMaki serves traditional made-to-order sushi rolls, and for the first time in the United States, teas from 800-year-old Japanese company Hon Yama. Kevin Takarada, the restaurateur behind the project, wanted to offer quick, high-quality sushi at affordable prices. 1369 Sixth Ave. (between 55th & 56th streets), Midtown.

Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar at The Hanley Building

Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group is opening a coffee bar, with drinks, soups, paninis, and breakfast pastries at The Hanley Building. It will also serve traditional Italian cocktails during Aperitivo Hour (from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.). 1136 Third Ave. (between East 66th & East 67th streets), Upper East Side.