The doors are open at Japonessa Sushi Cocina, the restaurant occupying 1400 First Avenue, aka the former home of Union.
Co-owners Jason Koh and Billy Beach have created a Japanese-heavy menu with a tinge of Latin flair. “The fusion [is] mainly in the marinades and sauces,” Koh told Nosh Pit in June. Beach is also the chef and used to be affiliated with Umi Sake House and Kushibar.
Deal-oriented diners will be pleased to know happy hour is long and often. In the dining room it runs daily 11:30 am-6:30pm, then 6:30pm-8pm in the bar, and again 10pm-1am Thu-Sat. During this time, rolls top out at $4.50, sashimi costs $5-$10, and bites from the kitchen are $4 and $5.
Lunch is served every day 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner, Sun-Wed 2:30pm-11:30pm and Thu-Sat until 1am. Here’s a
peak peek at Beach’s specialties: