Wednesday, November 11, 2020

J-Spec, specializing in waygu beef, opening this evening on 5th Street

At the end of October we mentioned that J-Spec, which specializes in wagyu beef, is opening at 239 E. Fifth St. between Second Avenue and Cooper Square.

Well, today is J-Spec's opening day.... and a rep shared more info about the owners and what to expect here:
We will be offering A5 rank wagyu at a more-affordable price point. J-Spec is the abbreviation for "Japan-Specification," a unique phrase created by the team.

This marks the first restaurant venture for Tomoe Food Services  a New York-based wholesale Japanese meat distributor that has been in business since 2014.
When the pandemic hit and many of their clients were forced to suspend services, the team decided to open their own restaurant so they could offer guests different varieties and cuts of Japanese beef at affordable prices, served and cooked by specialists who have studied the art and intricacies of these meats... 
For now, the restaurant will be open for dinner only with indoor dining (at 25 percent) and curbside seating available; take-out for lunch and dinner will be offered soon.

A few other things: the beer-wine license is pending. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. You can find the menus here ... and the website here

This space was previously Jewel Bako, the sushi restaurant that maintained a Michelin star for the last 15 years. The Jewel Bako closure was made official in May.


Anonymous said...

A5 is very expensive, so this won't be your average EV eatery.

Ronnie said...

menu seems almost as pricey as Jewel Bako was... good luck to them

Anonymous said...

Jewel Bako was worth it. This place owners are importers of A5, so its cost would be much lower than for any other restaurant, that might make it work.