In stark contrast to the more rustic visions of Bäco Mercat and Bar Amá, chef Josef Centeno's Orsa & Winston, a small fine dining Japanese-Italian inspired restaurant opening next week, takes on a minimalist clean look designed by friend Amaryllis Knight. And, from the outside, it doesn't look too dissimilar from Animal. Some might remember the space dating back to Rocket Pizza days.
Last night via a partnership with MasterCard, Centeno — who has received wide acclaim for his prior two eateries Bäco Mercat and next-door Bar Amá — opened up the Downtown restaurant for its first night of dinner service, plating a $60 five-course menu with a few supplementals thrown in and an extra $40 wine pairing.
Backlit by a gleaming white open kitchen with a four seat dining bar, here Centeno will serve an unwritten omakase menu at $195 a head plus a $100 wine pairing. Of course the unlimited menu will change nightly at Centeno's whim. Meanwhile, patrons in the 33-seat dining room have the option to order a five or nine course prix fixe, priced at $60 and $95 respectively, or from a family-style set list. Which means that there will be no a la carte menu to start, but perhaps down the line.
Note, the tables pictured above are just temporary, and larger tables will be installed up front for bigger groups. Hours of operation to run Tuesday to Saturday from 6-11 p.m., with the restaurant open for private event buy-outs on the remaining nights.
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