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.).