A New Year’s Bash for Noda, and a Closing for Benno


After four years at 6 West 28th Street, this Japanese omakase restaurant, which was awarded one star in the 2021 Michelin Guide, has moved to a somewhat larger location. In addition to 10 seats at a lavishly decorated sushi bar, there are four tables in a lounge. The new restaurant includes a binchotan grill for the chef, Shigeyuki Tsunoda, whose tasting menu of 20 to 22 courses will cost $315. For the opening, on New Year’s Eve, the partners — David Hess, Justin Hauser and Aiden Carty — plan a $950 blowout that includes cocktails, Japanese whiskies, and 20 to 22 courses paired with Champagnes including Krug, Dom Ruinart and Dom Pérignon. (Prices include service but not tax.) In the spring, an intimate spot for cocktails, Bar Noda, will be added.

37 West 20th Street, no phone, noda.nyc

The chef Jonathan Benno’s signature restaurant, which earned a 2021 Michelin star, has permanently closed; after a Covid-related shutdown, it had reopened from Sept. 15 to Dec 15. As of Friday, Mr. Benno will also leave Leonelli Bakery and Bar Benno, his two other venues in the Evelyn hotel. “The pandemic has changed the landscape of this industry in ways we couldn’t have ever imagined,” he said in a statement, adding that the crisis had “tested our wits, strengthened our bonds and forced a serious re-evaluation” of the way things were done in restaurants, leading to his decision to move on. He has not shared his future plans. The Bastion Collection and Triumph Hotels, which own and operate the hotel, will continue to run Leonelli Bakery and the renamed Evelyn Bar.


Leonelli Bakery, 7 East 27th Street, 212-993-1568, leonellibakery.com; Evelyn Bar, 212-451-9557

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