Farewell, Matsuri

Matsuri is the Japanese word for “festival,” but no fan of the Japanese restaurant by that name is in a festive mood, as the popular Chelsea hotspot closed its doors on Saturday, March 24. The Tao Group purchased both Matsuri and the adjacent Hiro Ballroom, Eater reported in December 2011. Read the JC•NYC interview with Executive Chef Tadashi Ono about the closing here.

Lovers of Japanese cuisine – myself included – are lamenting the loss. The sublime dishes Chef  Ono served as well as the beautiful space will be missed.

Chef Ono is currently working on a cookbook with food journalist Harris Salat, with whom he has written Japanese Hot Pots: Comforting One-Pot Meals; and The Japanese Grill: From Classic Yakitori to Steak, Seafood, and Vegetables.

Matsuri, Japanese cuisine, NYC

Lanterns adorning the ceiling

Matsuri, Japanese cuisine, NYC

The beautiful decor is only part of what fans of Matsuri will miss

Matsuri, Japanese cuisine, NYC

Tuna avocado

Matsuri, Japanese cuisine, NYC

Unagi pie (eel wrapped in phyllo)

Matsuri, Japanese cuisine, NYC

Sushi platter

Matsuri, Japanese cuisine, NYC

Seafood hot pot

Matsuri, Japanese cuisine, NYC

Cavernous space, intimate atmosphere

Matsuri, Japanese cuisine, NYC

Lanterns adorning the ceiling

Auction

Everything in Hiro Ballroom at The Maritime Hotel and Matsuri will be auctioned off on Wednesday, April 4.

Monday, April 2 – Preview from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 – Preview from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4 – Preview from Noon until 2:00 p.m.

AUCTION – Wednesday, April 4 from 2:00 p.m. until all items are sold

Small items can be paid for and taken the day of the auction; large items must be removed by Thursday, April 5.