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BWW Reviews: SACHI in Midtown East in NYC is Extraordinary

New and noteworthy, Sachi in the midtown East neighborhood of New York City has recently opened to the delight of their guests for lunch and dinner. This Asian-inspired spot is welcoming and relaxing, yet completely elegant. We stopped by on a Thursday evening to enjoy this exquisite restaurant, a pleasure in every respect.

The attractive interior spaces include tables and booths for comfortable dining with small or large parties. The spacious bar with high top tables and a sushi bar area are also wonderful options when stopping by for a drink and Asian fare.

We met Front House Manager, David Chan. He wants his guests to know that Sachi is all about making sure that the restaurant's hospitality and fine cuisine are a "gift to the table." Clearly, his staff works as a team and each and every guest receives the finest service.

Sachi has a very distinctive appeal; it is not a typical Asian Restaurant. With a menu created by renowned chefs Pichet Ong and Andy Yang, there is just right variety of small plates with generous portions. The menu has influences from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. Thoughtful combinations are extraordinary in their presentation and are prepared to be light and healthy. Sachi's dim-sum chef is part of their full-time staff and their sushi selections are wholly original. We also like that Sachi has culinary delights at a good price point so that you can order a number of plates for your table and enjoy their taste sensations.

For starters, we recommend the Dim Sum Sampler ($6) with mushroom dumpling, crab shumai, and a charsui duck bun. The Lobster Miso Soup ($10) is one of a kind along with the Osashi Salad ($6) with mustard greens, radish, seaweed and sesame. The General Tso's Chicken Ball ($8) is a real specialty with ginger, orange peppers and scallion.

There is a wonderful menu of sushi and sashimi platters. Special Rolls are unique like the Fried Oyster ($13) with Asian pear, pickled jalapeno and yuzu cochon sauce or their T.N.T ($16) with blue crab, crunchy spicy tuna and mango chutney.

Traditional Noodle and Rice dishes are wonderfully seasoned like their Shrimp Pad Thai ($14). And, there are wholly inventive Meat and Seafood dishes like the Oink, Oink Oink Fried Rice ($14) with pork belly, sausage, Chinese sausage, scallion and egg or their Steamed Seasonal Fish ($16). The incredibly tender and flavorful Braised Short Rib Massaman Curry ($16) with coconut, peanut and toasted brioche is sure to please. A nice selection of vegetarian and vegan menu selections are available.

Cocktails by well-known mixologist Jason Walsh are absolutely inspired. Asian themed drinks include The Thai Sidecar ($13) with Thai tea infused cognac, Cointreau, fresh pressed lemon juice, and a touch of brown sugar and The Jade Lantern ($14) which is a refreshing mix of Vodka, Matcha green tea, fresh pressed lemon juice, fresh mint leaves, and a touch of sweetness. Sachi has a fine selection of wine, sparkling, beer, sake and plum wine. Knowledgeable servers are pleased to help you pair beverages with your meal.

Save room for dessert. Sachi is the only place you can find matchless confections like the Sesame and Milk Chocolate Ice Box Cake ($10) with soft white sesame cream and strawberries.

Sachi is perfect for friendly gatherings, family groups and date night. The restaurant is located at 713 Second Avenue at 38th Street. You may call 212-297-1883 or visit their web site at: Sachi is open seven days a week, Mon-Fri, 12pm-3pm (lunch), 5-11:30pm (dinner) and Sat & Sun, 12-11:30pm. Takeout, delivery and weekend traditional dim sum brunch with pushcarts are coming soon. Sachi is available for private parties and special events. For more information, contact David Chan.

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