BBF, From the Celebrated Chef of Kyo Ya, Opens

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By Florence Fabricant



The chef Chikara Sono, who earned high praise during his tenure at Kyo Ya in the East Village, has opened this new Lower East Side restaurant, which seats 54 people ready for inventive, seasonal Japanese fare. The menu includes dishes like satsuma potato tempura, shrimp mousse spring roll, anago fish and chips, and Hokkaido-style skirt steak. Mr. Sono will also serve BBF Sushi Bombs, based on the rice balls served at Brooklyn Ball Factory in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (His partners also own that restaurant, as well as Bozu, Samurai Mama and more.) Nana Shimosegawa, who was at Angel’s Share in the East Village, created the cocktails; the sakes and other beverages are the work of Chizuko Niikawa, a sake sommelier. The space is done in pale tones accented by decorative spheres, a reference to the signature sushi balls. Later this year, Mr. Sono will open an eight-seat counter called Kappo Sono in the back of the restaurant, where the chef will serve the kind of multicourse kaiseki menus for which he became known.

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