Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chef David Bouhadana looking to open Dojo Izakaya in former Cafe Rakka space on Avenue B

[EVG file photo from November]

The inexpensive long-timer Cafe Rakka got Cromanated last November at 38 Avenue B near East Third Street.

And someone called Harvey. Paperwork filed ahead of Tuesday's CB3/SLA committee meeting show that applicants Boris Lidukhover, owner of Sushi Dojo at 110 First Ave., and his chef David Bouhadana (the "twentysomething sushi wunderkind" per Grub Street), want to open Dojo Izakaya in the small space on Avenue B.

The application (PDF!) for a beer-wine license shows a 10-table (19 total seats) configuration ... and a small chef's eating counter. The proposed hours are 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

The materials also include a handwritten sample menu, showing several variations of yakitori as well as grilled pike eel, among other things.

Sushi Dojo opened in June 2013 in the space that previously housed Polonia.


Glenn Belverio said...

I loved Cafe Rakka (I live nearby) and it's heart wrenching to walk by that empty space. I am not totally opposed to some delicious Japanese food close to my home, however: 5pm - 2am are trendoid foodie asshat hours.

Anonymous said...

Hey, as long as it's not frozen yogurt or frozen jello shots, (in a hoof) I'm down.

Anonymous said...

I might try a sushi-bar or izakaya headed up by a non-Japanese guy... if I didn't live in NYC.

AGosfield said...

Nobody else has noticed that the menu contains cod fish sperm? You used to have to go to the back room of Veselka for that. Oh no, that was just a stray nightmare I had in 1989.

EV Grieve said...


Did NOT notice that ... I stopped reading after the eel!

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to the once-great Middle Eastern self-serve cafeteria on First just south of SMP (east side) that went through at least 3 drastic redesigns over 18 months before abruptly shuttering last year?

AGosfield said...

And just in case one type of codfish sperm isn't enough, it comes both with ponzu sauce AND lightly fried. (It's called milt or shirako.) Proof that I always read the entire menu.