Saburi, New York’s Only Japanese-Style Chinese Restaurant, Will Close After March 31

You'll have to go before April 1.
You’ll have to go before April 1. Photo: Google

New York is losing one of its most unique pubs. Midtown izakaya Saburi, an under-the-radar haunt for Japanese expats and food-obsessed Japanophiles, will close at the end of this month, a member of the restaurant’s staff confirms. Chef-owner Jun Cui trained under “Iron Chef” Chen Kenichi, and his restaurant is notable for being New York’s only destination for Japanese-style Chinese food, or wafu chuka. Though it never garnered the following enjoyed by heavyweights like Ippudo or Sushi Seki, its closure is certainly a loss for New York and its izakaya fanatics. Further, following the recent shuttering of the long-standing Sushi Zen, it’s another strike for midtown, the city’s original hotbed for Japanese cuisine.

Sadly learned last night that Saburi, NYC’s wonderful, secret-hiding-in-plain-sight wafu chuka izakaya, is closing at the end of this month.— Tom Kretchmar (@tkretchmar) March 13, 2016

Saburi Is Closing