Japanese eatery O by Kissaki is set to open in East Hampton on August 13th. Owner Garry Kanfer, founder of the full-service digital agency Big Drop, opened Kissaki’s flagship location in NoHo in January 2020, mere months before lockdown. Despite this, Kanfer expanded quickly, opening Kissaki locations on the Upper West Side, Long Island City, Water Mill and Greenwich, Connecticut, and is set to debut in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami next year.
Opening on 47 Montauk Highway, O by Kissaki is taking over the former Bamboo and Zokkon space in East Hampton. O by Kissaki will offer high-quality, sushi-grade fish alongside raw crudo and hot robata grilled items. The kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef and Partner Mark Garcia, who has a 30-year history of opening innovative and wildly successful sushi restaurants such as Heat, Mirai Sushi, Kaze Sushi and Macku Sushi, among others.
In addition to a large selection of wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, the O by Kissaki drink menu is filled with Japanese-inspired cocktails and Blue Door draft sake. Whisky, Meron, Ichigo, Ikigai, and Omugi highballs garner attention alongside craft cocktails, including a Nihon 75, Kosho Margarita, Momo Sour, Shiokaze, and a Sawayaka Daiquiri. Frozen cocktails include a watermelon cocktail made with Absolut Watermelon, shochu and Lilliet Rose and a frozen Mutsu Colada.
Mark debuted his modern omakase at Gaijin in Astoria, Queens. It’s a fitting name, as “Gaijin” translates to “outsider” in Japanese. Mark considers himself an outsider with a deep appreciation for the culture and craft. The term “outsider” is also a nod to Mark’s experience overcoming external doubts about his place in the sushi world. Rather than giving in, Chef Mark has used any doubt as motivation to get him to where he is today.
O by Kissaki will be open Wednesdays – Sundays from 5pm – 10pm. exploreobykissaki.com