Kyotofu, a “hip, upscale Japanese dessert bar” will be opening in Hell’s Kitchen this Friday, November 6. I have been waiting for this established Japanese cafe to open its first US branch, and am excited that something so unique will be coming to New York. With reported menu items like Kuromame black bean coffee cake, white chocolate tofu brownies and saffron-sake-pear tartlets, there is certainly nothing else like it in the city. It also promises to use ingredients like Kabocha Squash, lychee, green tea, soy beans and many more traditional Japanese flavors. This list of ingredients is unfamiliar to most Americans, even many world-traveling New Yorkers, and I hope Kyotofu keeps their prices reasonable and presentation simple, encouraging more people to explore their offerings.
The shop will be “sleek and bright”, with white upholstered seating and tables for two. Designed by Hiro Tsuruta, the same architect who deigned Jewel Bako and Momofuku, I expect it to have a modern, yet welcoming feel. I only hope it doesn’t take the the “hip” element too far, keeping the atmosphere more like a cafe than a bar. I look forward to finding out myself this weekend.
705 Ninth Avenue (between 48th and 49th)
New York, NY 10019
Subway: C/E to 50th Street
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