KYU: A Deliciously Chic NYC Dining Experience

Among the most anticipated new dining experiences in New York City is KYU (pronounced “cue”), the acclaimed wood-fired Asian-inspired restaurant, which officially opened its doors in lower Manhattan. On the heels of KYU’s resounding success in Miami and Mexico City, the restaurant is set for global expansion through a new partnership with the Britain-based firm Reuben Brothers. The Reubens, along with KYU founders Alan Omsky and Jordan Sayfie, plan to expand the KYU brand across America and Europe.

“I am excited and proud to bring the soul of KYU’s unique cuisine and hospitality to the heart of New York City. It’s a dream come true for our fabulous team,” says owner Omsky.

Heading KYU’s culinary team is the exceptionally talented and hospitable executive chef Chris Arellanes, an alumni of distinguished New York City staples like Per Se and Eleven Madison Park. True to its original Japanese yakiniku wood-fired grilling methods, KYU’s signature dishes include smoked wagyu beef brisket; whole-roasted cauliflower with goat cheese and shishito herb vinaigrette; and its coveted multi-layered coconut cake. Stylish starters include burrata with yuzu marmalade; wagyu toast with truffle puree and grilled garlic chives; and pork and shiitake gyoza with truffled ponzu. Add main courses like pan-roasted red snapper with brown butter-white miso and pickled myoga slaw, or the classic duck breast “burnt ends”—slowly smoked to bare rareness and then resoundingly crisped over a wood fire—and you’ll get a sense of the culinary mastery offered at KYU.

KYU’s Asian-inspired bar program offers clever twists on classic cocktails. Highlights include the Wynwood Mule, infused with vodka, ginger beer, bitters, and house-smoked pineapple, and the Raging Geisha, made with double aged Toki Japanese whisky, Thai basil, obliterated cucumbers, and fresh dill.

“The food, atmosphere, and service are all incredible, and I couldn’t think of a better location for our first opening together,” says Jamie Reuben. 

To make reservations, email, or call 929-448-5188.

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