First Look at Mihoko’s 21 Grams, Bringing Soul-ful French-Japanese to the Flatiron

C'est tres chic.
C'est tres chic. Photo: Francesco Tonelli

Mihoko Kiyokawa is a philanthropist, collector, and former ballerina, and now, as promised, she adds restaurateur to her résumé with Mihoko’s 21 Grams, opening Tuesday. The restaurant (whose name refers to the alleged weight of a person’s soul) will serve “Franco-Japanese fare” in elegant digs. Think dishes like Maine lobster with spring squash, almond, and spuma; housemade buckwheat pasta with pork belly and spring onions; or King salmon with Japanese eggplant, fennel, chrysanthemum, and olive jus.

The downstairs lounge.
The downstairs lounge. Photo: Francesco Tonelli

There’s also a sushi menu served at the bar and in the downstairs lounge, plus fancy wines and sakes to pair with all this. Decor features finds from Kiyokawa’s travels, including etched-glass murals from the Cartier mansion, and a selection of rare tableware that’s for sale up the front.

Mihoko’s 21 Grams, 16 W. 22nd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-741-0021

Earlier: ‘Soul’ Food: 21 Grams Will Serve High-End French-Japanese Fare Starting in October