A new high end team has taken over the Pan- Asian spot at 713 Second Avenue in Murray Hill and upgraded the interior and renamed it Sashi Asian Bistro. It’s run by some big names in the biz, Pichet Ong (yes, the James Beard Baking phenom) and Andy Yang (of Michelin Star fame) that bring in flavors and techniques from throughout Asia. While this spot was always one of the better looking restaurants in the hood it now looks more Meatpacking then Murray Hill. I walked by the day started serving lunch, so I popped on to check it out. After looking through the dinner menu I asked if they have a lunch special menu which they do( so ask if not presented) that had a lot to offer, better then12 different entrees in a Bento Box or Sushi Roll specials.
The first time I went I decided to go hot with the Shaking Beef(Wok Charred with Roasted Salt and Shishito Peppers, which I love) that came with Miso soup(which was very good and somewhat differ then most I’ve had…their Dashi gave it a more lemony flavor that was rather pleasing) and a salad. However, not your typical greens w/Ginger dressing, their salad is a Chicken Salad with hearts of palm, noodles and cabbage. You also get a choice of appi, I went Crab Shumai over the Mushroom Spring Roll which were loaded with Crab Meat. On my next visit I tried the Sushi 3 roll combo. Again, started with the superior Miso soup and Chinese Chicken salad. For my rolls I went with my standby, Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail jalapeno to satisfy my thing for heat and for something different and unique to the menu the Salmon Mango which turned out to be my fave. Of note, they have a serious Cocktail Menu that I will need to return to investigate,.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere a little more high end them most of what Murray Hill offers for a dinner date/night out with friends or nice business/you simply want a nice lunch spot, Sachi Asian Bistro is what I am hoping is the next step in Murray Hill getting it’s game up.
Sashi Asian Bistro is located at 713 Second Avenue