Eels from Japan are the Latest Kenmare Street Dinner Attraction
The block of Kenmare Street between Mulberry and Mott is a haven for Japanese cuisine. Actually, it’s really just one building – the corner anchor at 58-62 Kenmare.
In the last couple of years, Ramen Lab and Yakitori Tora opened beside each other. Now, a third such establishment is joining the fray, where live eel is the main attraction. A Tokyo-based concept called Aburi Ittetsu is on the way. The teaser signage has been holding court for a couple months now, promising “live eels imported from Japan.”
A corporate entity called Bros Seafood LLC teamed up with the Japanese company Chuhei (est. 1867) to bring its Aburi Ittetsu restaurant all the way from Japan. Grilled freshwater eel is its main menu item. It obtained blessings from Community Board 2 back in January for a restaurant wine license. Opening date is still unknown.
This particular store at 60 Kenmare previously hosted the New York Tailor Shop. Open since 1998, their tenure with the new landlord didn’t quite work out. Co-owners Marc Cohen and brother Jack together purchased the building for $13.2 million in April 2015 (“58 Kenmare Associates LLC/Comjem LLC”). Upscaling the property to luxury essentially spelled the end to retail tenants and residents alike. We spotlighted the alleged harassment back in 2015, when some tenants claimed that gas and hot water had been shut off and rent checks not cashed.