Openings

Japonessa Sushi Cocina Debuts Downtown

Here’s a peek at the signature dishes.

By Christopher Werner August 3, 2010

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:

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