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East Village, NYC: Satsko & the greenest of green teas

There is much to see and taste at Satsko on Eldridge. Upon entering there is the large, robust wooden door that seems both out of place and time; once inside the small bar and eatery, an atmosphere of zen and beauty immediately overcomes any shadows of doubt or stress that your life was previously holding. There are the whimsical pinwheels and lights strewn every which way and in all corners. On the right wall there is the beautiful, textured artwork of earthy greens and blues (for sale, too). And of course there is always an endearing bartender or two full of character and quirks: clearly Satsko, the owner herself, chooses only the best representatives of youth and creativity to tend to her venue.

And there is the menu, stocked with an impressive variety of sake and full of Asian-based dishes that are set off by uniquely matched western influences. I'm devoted to the guacamole, made "Asian" with the addition of wasabi and crispy wontons. Most impressive for sushi was the Seared Tuna Maki: yellow fin tuna, cucumber, and carrots topped with pistachio nuts - a truly delightful experience of flavor and texture. Equally impressive in flavor was the Pesto Maki - pesto spread on sushi rice with carrot, cucumber and avocado.

Satsko is no less than a truly fascinating border hopping experience, from Japan to Mexico, to Italy, to California - all in singular dishes and out of this world for the adventurous diner.

And... yet...

Most truly spirited in border hopping, to us, was certainly the green tea of a most pungent and vibrant algae shade.

Perhaps unappetizing to some? Perhaps exciting to us few.

245 Eldridge Street (just below Houston)
New York, New York 10002
United States
Wednesday 5pm - 2am
Saturday 5pm - 4am
Sunday 5pm - 12am

[photos by Jamila]

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