Lower East Side Rabbit House Restaurant and Bar to Open New York Location
Warm and charming Japanese tapas restaurant and sake bar Rabbit house grows. The small but popular restaurant is expanding with a second location on the Lower East Side at 41 Essex St. between Grand and Hester streets. Chef and owner Yoshiko Sakuma hope to open it this fall.
The original Rabbit House is a 15-seat space located at 76 Forsyth Street, south of Grand Street and directly across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown. Sakuma opened it in 2016 after more than a decade of working at restaurants such as Maialino, Del Posto and Bouley Restaurant.
But Rabbit House isn’t the size of those restaurants: the original still feels like a secret escape, with an idiosyncratic vibe partly due to the size and partly to Sakuma’s presence there. The New Yorker Called it “so quirky and cozy that drinking flights of sake at the bar feels like sitting in someone’s living room”. He has since gained an audience for his distinctive personality.
During expansion, the first Rabbit House is limiting its menu, forgoing the $ 60 six-course omakase that Sakuma usually offers. The new location will retain popular options like Baby Black Chicken with Sesame Seed Sauce, but the menu will expand, including to include alcohol in addition to a robust sake lineup. Initially, it will only have 12 seats, which will increase next year.
The new Rabbit House is slated to open in October.