Jiro Ono–Trained Chef Daisuke Nakazawa Opening New York Restaurant

Omakase. Photo: Melissa Hom

Restaurateurs Maurizio de Rosa and Alessandro Borgognone will open Sushi Nakazawa next Monday at 23 Commerce Street in the Village, the Times reports. The chef and restaurant’s namesake is Daisuke Nakazawa, who once cooked with and apprenticed under the exacting and masterful Jiro Ono, the octogenarian chef featured in the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Prior to arriving in New York, Ono’s 35-year-old protégé worked at Shiro’s in Seattle, and he explained to the Stranger last year how much his twice-as-old ex-boss made him feel like a slacker with his insane work ethic. Now Nakazawa is stepping up to the plate in New York, and for the next two weeks he’ll be manning the ten-seat sushi bar on Commerce Street. Next month the larger dining room opens. [NYT]