Kimika sits at the corner of Kemare and Elizabeth streets in the heart of Nolita. It has a vibrant yet chill vibe, making it the perfect spot for a memorable dining experience. From the moment you walk in, you’re greeted with exceptional service and the opportunity to enjoy great corner views.

The cuisine at Kimika is a well-realized fusion of Japanese and Italian flavors, creating a unique and exciting menu that’s worth the trip. The presentation of both food and drink is considered and sophisticated. Standout cocktails include the CamomileNegroni, with a citrus blossom mist and Luxardo Bianco, that’sa refreshing twist on a classic favorite, uplifting yet grounded. The Sakura cocktail, served in two parts of chilled gin and vermouth accompanied by a glass of Junmai sake with salted cherry blossom, is nothing short of delightful.

Kimika’s small plates have something for everyone, from something simple like edamame to choices with creative and complex flavor profiles. The Kanpachi, yellowtail that features serrano pepper and Yuzu Kosho, is bursting with bright flavors, and portioned into spoons for the perfect bite every time. The Tuna Tartare is served with nori, and has an array of flavors and textures including crispy rice and cucumber with a memorable spicy mayo. Also don’t miss the Sticky Rice Arancini, brilliantly combined with Japanese curry, because it will leave you craving for more. I’m still thinking about it!

Pastas feature beautifully here. A must-try dish is the Uni Spaghetti; mentaiko bursts with flavor in every bite, creating a deeply umami experience. And for truffle enthusiasts, the Truffle Carbonara served with egg and chives is a rich and satisfying choice.

When it comes to large plates, the Eggplant Katsu is a fun take on an Izakaya classic, and was fried to perfection, staying crispy and light. Another fabulous dish is the Scallops —with sun choke puree and crispy prosciutto, it was a standout and still leaves a lasting impression.

While Kimika really delivers on taste with their savory cuisine, it would be a mistake to miss dessert. The Bomboloncini are warm mochi balls with Nutella and toasted sesame, and are ridiculously good— crispy, chewy, roasty, smooth. Awesome.

I’m psyched to make Kimika a regular thing; the location can’t be beat, the vibe and service is on point, and the food and drinks are exceptional. Easily a great date spot, a place to meet up with friends, or anything in between. Don’t miss it!

Article by: Erin Boyajian