Michelin-Star Chef Bringing Omakase to Former Black Tap on Ludlow Street

Posted on: January 17th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

November 2017

From shakes to sushi.

After the epic bomb that was Black Tap, 177 Ludlow Street is now taking a more upscale tack. Omakase, which is Japanese dining for the ultra-luxe set.

Real Estate Weekly has the scoop, reporting that a new mystery tenant, who currently owns and operates eight restaurants in New York and Tokyo, signed the lease with Michelin-starred chef Chikara Sono. His latest credit was a twelve-year stint at Kyo Ya in the East Village.

Further details about the new venue were not immediately available.

Black Tap spent about two years at 177 Ludlow before closing last June. A spate of costly lawsuits, coupled with an apparent lack of foot traffic – locals were expecting hordes based on other locales – may have also played a role. In its prior life, the ground floor previously hosted the beloved EarthMatters. After SMA purchased the tenement in 2012, the cafe closed. 100 Montaditos followed two years later but lasted only a couple months before closing. Other businesses considered the space before Black Tap, including Quality Eats.

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