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Hi! My name is Ai. I grew up in Japan, helping my mother in the kitchen ever since I was a little kid, watching and learning as she cooked away. My food reflects my background and roots, looking back fondly at meals I created with my mom, as well as reflecting the experiences I've had over years of traveling around the U.S. and the world. My dishes are Vegetarian and/or Pescaterian. My husband Mat and I built a small farm on our loft rooftop a few years ago and we grow many of the vegetables, greens and herbs I use in the cooking, including the Japanese staple herb, shiso! I select other choice ingredients at the green markets and other quality sources around NYC and beyond. We are very conscious about food, the environment and health. Our tasty meals are well balanced and full of pronounced and subtle flavors. Flavor and nutrition is what it's about and should not be mutually exclusive. If you want to experience a unique flavor palette and quality ingredients, then this is the place! Please send me a message if you would like to setup private party. Here is my facebook page to follow upcoming events and view more pictures! https://www.facebook.com/ajitofood
Production as hobby and Food as a life!
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Ai hosted 17 of us for a surprise bday dinner for my husband. It was an incredible experience! Her apartment is warm, eclectic and comfortable. The plants and the string lights create an excellent vibe. Her food was gorgeously presented, creative and thoughtful. There were at least a dozen different options including roasted oysters, an amazing trout w veggies, rice rolls w cheddar and truffle, an egg custard, raw tuna and more. I cannot do justice here to the beauty of the presentation and the deliciousness of every single course! Ai, herself, was gracious and sweet and even presented my husband w a bday gift. For dessert she made an incredible peach cake w homemade flowers and currants on top. Highly highly highly recommend!
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The food was delicious and beautiful. It was clear how much attention was put into each course. The ingredients were well-selected and paired and everything was unique and full of flavor. Every single course was a treat. However, we were asked to arrive at 7pm and were not even spoken to until 7:45. There was no welcome or introduction to other guests. We were not offered a drink or anything until the first course was served. Most of the courses were uneven in size, as we were always the last to be served and those served first (next to us) often had much larger portions. Overall it did not feel very welcoming and we were surprised to learn that she hosted these dinners 3 times a week - it seemed like she was new at this. Overall, we did enjoy ourselves and were amazed at the amount and level of quality that Ai was able to create in such a tiny kitchen.
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