Former Sushi Yasuda Chef Bringing New Sushi Joint, Whiskey Tastings to Tribeca [Updated]


Chef Tatsuya Sekiguchi of Sushi Yasuda fame will open a new sushi restaurant, Sushi Tatsu, in a 3,800-square-foot space at 175 Franklin Street in Tribeca, according to Eastern Consolidated.

Through a 15-year lease, Mr. Sekiguchi and partners Paul and Jean Dupuy will be bringing a high-end sushi eatery to 1,900 square feet on the ground floor and sake and whisky tastings (and the kitchen) to the 1,900-square-foot lower level in the six-story, six-unit residential building, a spokesman for Eastern Consolidated indicated. The asking rent was $26,000 per month, according to a listing flyer.

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2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner and wood master Shigeru Ban will be designing the restaurant, which is between Hudson and Greenwich Streets. This will mark the architect’s second-only restaurant design, according to a letter the restaurants owners disseminated in August that was published by Tribeca Citizen. The eatery is slated to open in spring 2016.

“As the chef at the popular five-star Sushi Yasuda restaurant in Midtown Manhattan for 10 years, Chef Tatsuya dazzled New York City food lovers including Martha Stewart and Tim Robbins who specifically requested to be seated in front of him,” said Eastern Consolidated’s James Famularo, who represented the landlord, a private investor, in the deal. “Chef Tatsuya is a sushi master who personalizes every dish for his customers. At his new restaurant, he promises to deliver Michelin-star quality sushi in an intimate setting that will cater to 24 customers, including 10 at the sushi counter.”

Elizabeth Kaneko of City Connections Realty represented the restaurant.

“The space is the perfect blank canvas with high ceilings and a rear skylight breathing life into the column-less interior,” Ms. Kaneko emailed. “Understanding the client’s requirements is key to a successful search for space. We conducted expansive tours of Manhattan to find the right location, and the architect’s early involvement made the search highly selective.”

Update: This story was edited to include a comment from the tenant’s broker.