Sweeter Than Sushi

courtesy Kyotofu
Green Tea Chocolate Cookies

Desserts take center stage at Kyotofu

Inspired by her family's restaurants in Kyoto, Aiko Fujino has banded together with two friends to create Kyotofu, a chic dessert-only Japanese restaurant, in New York. Treats such as warm chestnut mochi cake ($11) and black-sesame sweet tofu ($8) are paired with a suggested drink from the stash of sparkling sakes, champagne and shochu varieties, and cocktails laced with wasabi or lychees.

The desserts--made with imported Japanese ingredients--are the original creations of head chef Ritsuko Yamaguchi, who hails from some top-notch New York restaurants (Daniel, Ringo, Cru).

Rounding out the mix is a selection of bite-size appetizers and homemade cookies, candies, and truffles. Later this winter, Fujino hopes to launch Sake Nights, with prix fixe sake-and-dessert pairings (705 Ninth Avenue, 212/974.6012, kyotofu-nyc.com; open Sun.-Wed., 5 P.M.-midnight and Thurs.-Sat., 5 P.M.pm-1:30 A.M.).

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