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June 13, 2016

Zuma: Combining East and West

By Zahra Al-Kateb

Zuma_0117 general restaurantThe concept of Zuma was born as a result of one chef’s obsessive passion with Japanese cuisine and an entrepreneur with integrity and vision. The meeting between Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney not only resulted in the realization of a vision with Zuma restaurant in London, but was also the beginning of a partnership that successfully expanded the concept worldwide.

Zuma brings the relaxed energy and ambience of Izakaya to New York offering signature dishes using traditional Japanese ingredients with a contemporary twist. This unique and celebrated venue is renowned for its signature cocktails using premium ingredients and select Japanese spirits with the bar a destination in its own right. Designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo-based Studio Glitt, the space captures the style and elegance of Zuma worldwide, while embracing strong urban design elements exclusive to New York.

Zuma_0145 restaurant & back barZuma New York features a main dining room, a bar and lounge area, and private rooms, situated across two levels. The restaurant has a strong urban design energy using steel and iron combined with glass and granite to give a real connection to the city and feeling of permanence and belonging. The private dining rooms offer exclusive locations for both business and social dinning events; accommodating all-day business meetings, seated lunches and dinners. It also is the perfect venue for parties, fashion launches, film premiers and offering total privacy if required.

Zuma New York’s menu offers signature dishes including suzuki no sashimi – sea bass sashimi with yuzu and salmon roe, tori no tebasaki – sake glazed chicken wings, sea salt and lime, ebi no sumibiyaki yuzu kosho fuumi – jumbo tiger prawn with yuzu pepper, and a US Prime bone-in 24 oz. rib eye, while celebrating new creations specific to New York. Each of the three kitchens at Zuma, sushi counter, main kitchen, and robata grill, offer a menu of bold flavors and simple presentation that embodies the relaxed energy and ambience of izakayas, in the contemporary sophistication that is Zuma style.

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