Zauo - restaurant interior
The Facts
NAME: Zauo
IT'S: A Japanese seafood restaurant in Chelsea

15-10-2018

OPENED: October 15th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Harbor House
DID YOU KNOW: There is zero waste at Zauo, as the entire fish or shellfish is used throughout the meal.
LOCATION: Chelsea
ADDRESS: 152 W 24th St, NY 10011
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 23 St
OPENING TIMES: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Phone: 646-905-2274
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: Yes

Zauo

OPENED34 DAYS AGO

Japanese restaurant Zauo makes its US debut in Chelsea.

This is not your average Japanese restaurant, allowing you to catch your own fish for dinner, which is nothing short of a bizarre experience with beating drums and a grand applause from staff.

Zauo - first floor with fish tank

The Spot:

A hugely popular concept in Japan, founding company Harbor House wanted to bring something unique and fun to the country’s competitive dining scene. Just like their 13 locations back at home, Zauo in New York features boats floating across the ceiling and large indoor tanks for fishing. If – for some strange reason – you have never caught your own fish for dinner before, there are fish attendants on site to help you. Then, the fish is taken to the kitchen and prepared how you want: sashimi, grilled, simmered in soy sauce, or tempura (after celebrating your catch in true Zauo style, of course).

Zauo - fish tank

The Food:

Rotating with the seasons, your potential catch of the day could be anything from rainbow trout and salmon trout to rockfish and lobsters. But – unlike dating – if you’re not happy with your catch, you can’t move on to the next: you must eat what’s on your rod. Fishes vary in size (not to mention price), so the menu is also packed with Japanese small plates such as karaage fried chicken, dashimaki tamago (Japanese rolled omelette) and salad with sashimi and seaweed dressing.

Zauo - second floor dining area

The Drinks:

The list of drinks is strong, focusing on Japanese drinks such as sakes, whiskeys and soju.

The Damage:

Dinner at Zauo is a splurgy event, with fish prices ranging from $38 to $125. Small plates are priced at $7 to $36.

Zauo - dining tables

In a Nutshell:

Catching your own fish for dinner might not be for everyone (fish are friends, not food), but there’s no denying Zauo manages to stand out in the city’s populated seafood scene.

If you’re looking for other new places to dine in the city, check out our interactive map with New York’s best new restaurants. 

Featured image: Zauo 

The Facts
NAME: Zauo
IT'S: A Japanese seafood restaurant in Chelsea

15-10-2018

OPENED: October 15th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Harbor House
DID YOU KNOW: There is zero waste at Zauo, as the entire fish or shellfish is used throughout the meal.
LOCATION: Chelsea
ADDRESS: 152 W 24th St, NY 10011
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 23 St
OPENING TIMES: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Phone: 646-905-2274
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: Yes

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