It's an easy place to pass without a second thought. From the street, one only sees the small bar area, and with the name "1 or 8" being less than descriptive, I'm sure that many make the conclusion that what they see is all there is. Nothing could be further from the truth! Down a hallway, and tucked behind the bar area is a large, if not spartanly decorated dining area. With white on white coloring, the restaurant has a minimalist approach in its decorating; almost as if they are trying to make the statement "Let our food speak for itself". After all, how often does someone eat out for the decor?
The service staff was extremely attentive without being bothersome. Staff whisked in to clear plates and silver between courses, fill water glasses, and even wipe the table to ensure that it was gleaming white at all times. Specials were professionally presented by our server, and the overall timing of the service was perfect. We had plenty of time to enjoy our cocktails, wine, and each course before the next arrived.
The wine menu was impressive, and the cocktails we ordered were well mixed. We enjoyed several courses of food, and were most impressed with their sushi, shrimp dumplings, and special of the evening, kobe beef. The presentations were all neat and minimal, without fluff and flair that often stands to compensate for lack of general flavor. This place knows that they have amazing food, and they don't let anything detract from it.
We had a fantastic meal here, and we are thankful that it came recommended. Had it not, we would never have made the journey to Brooklyn to search it out. It's unique, and worthy of anything one could find in Manhattan. Again, don't let the modernest/hole in the wall decor fool you; you're eating there for the food, and the service. Enjoy!
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