David Bouhadana Profiled in News NY 1
David Bouhadana Profiled in News NY 1 and the article revisits his beginnings, and the emergence of his restaurant Sushi Dojo in the east village of NYC. Written by Molly Mocker, the title is “Zagat: Sushi Dojo Sets New Expectations.” She asks him questions about his roots, his sushi education, his philosophy, and the kind of place he wanted Sushi Dojo to be.
In keeping with his philosophy, the name of the restaurant emphasizes who they are — Dojo means place of learning, so Sushi Dojo is a place of learning about sushi. And David and his staff do that. You can sit at the bar and ask questions, and they’re delighted to explain all … and perhaps serve you a fish you’ve never heard of before.
At 28 years old he has already been named to Zagat’s 30 under 30 in 2014, and as a partner in three current restaurants he shows no sign of his spotlight dimming.
Molly did a video interview with David for Zagat some months back which you can view here.
He and his partner (who likes to remain behind the scenes) opened Sushi Dojo in the summer of 2013 to rave reviews (which continue) and has become one of the hottest sushi spots in town (reservations are strongly suggested; the sushi bar can often be booked two weeks in advance).
The following summer they began setting up to launch their second restaurant, Sushi Dojo Express, that would be a small sushi stand in the meatpacking district on the west side — for NYC sushi delivery, NYC sushi take out, or quick dining at the counter. The concept was to bring back the days of old when on the bustling streets of Japan you found find merchants selling sushi in little boxes from their street stands. They eventually moved into small shops, which is what Sushi Dojo Express emulates, offering three boxed options: sushi, rolls, or Chirashi, but also sushi a la carte, and a modern sushi menu as well.
In the early part of January the restaurateurs launched their third restaurant, a tiny non-sushi place in the east village (Alphabet City on Ave.B). In keeping with the tradition of the Japanese izakaya it is authentic in every way. Dojo Izakaya offers cooked vegetables, meat and seafood dishes and appetizers, along with a large variety of sake choices. Amid it high ceilings and low-lighting, its a perfect spot for small groups of friends to sit, chill, eat and drink.