Sho Boo is about to become the rarest of creatures, a female sushi chef who owns her own restaurant. Boo, who is Korean and was born in Japan, developed an impressive following during her time at Jewel Bako. But she’s now left that gig to open her own fifteen-seat spot at 504 East 12th Street. The restaurant, which will be called Bugs, is due in July and will serve sushi and Japanese small plates like chicken saikyo yaki. Boo previously had a bar in Osaka, which she also called Bugs, a name she says she selected because insects tend to gather around a bright spot.
The East Village dreams of sushi. Photo: Magnolia Films