Zenkichi Is Opening a Sake and Oyster Bar, Just Not in Manhattan


The planned Manhattan branch of Zenkichi at 150 Bowery is officially not happening, Zagat Buzz reports. As we noted earlier this year, Community Board 2 wasn't a fan of the project, criticizing the planned megarestaurant as part of a perceived "Asian explosion" on the Bowery, which owner Shaul Margulies found deeply offensive. (Don't be confused by the ongoing construction at the site: Margulies tells Zagat that it's "work the landlord was obligated to do for us, and I guess they are continuing with it.") He's already moved on, thanks to a new project: a sake and oyster restaurant with a "small, more casual menu" that he'll open soon right next door to his original Williamsburg izakaya. [Zagat Buzz]