A Japanese Chef in Harlem | NY Times

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Chef Shinichi Inoue outside his restaurant in Harlem. (Photo: Paul Quitoriano)

Before Chef Sinichi Inoue starts cutting the fish that is flown in to his Harlem restaurant from Japan, he performs a personal ritual: He blesses it, expressing thanks and honoring what he will later serve to his customers. He has done this twice a week since July, when Sushi Inoue opened.

Formerly the head chef of the Michelin star-rated Sushi Azabu in TriBeCa, Inoue brought traditional Japanese cuisine — marked by strict yet humble preparation — far uptown. There are no spicy tuna or California rolls. He hand-grates the wasabi on the spot. He makes his own blends of soy sauce — a darker and richer one for fatty fish and a lighter and less viscous one for leaner kinds.

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