DOMODOMO, nestled in the heart of Soho, was New York City’s first hand roll bar when it opened in 2015. The restaurant has a very unassuming appearance on the outside but the inside is a completely different story. The inside is meant to look like a restaurant one might find in a Japanese fishing village with wood accents and a long sushi bar countertop. The result is a warm and inviting space, with lots of natural lighting.
I had met a friend for an early dinner at DOMODOMO on a regular Monday night. They were super accommodating when I asked for a bar seat. They actually have two sushi bars – one in the main dining room and another further in the back. We were seated in the back and had a very quiet, intimate dinner before more people started showing up at around 7pm.
We both opted for the Hand Roll Course ($28), which features an edamame starter and your choice of 5 different hand rolls from their list of hand rolls. There are 5 premium options excluded from the list, including uni and lobster.
I opted for:
Bay Scallop, which is marinated in Korean style soy
Unagi, smoked eel with chocolate kabayaki sauce
Blue Crab, with garlic aioli and sautéed onion
My favorite, by far, was the Bay Scallop in Korean style soy. It was so sweet and flavorful – with a tiny kick of heat. My friend also agreed with me that this was her favorite hand roll of the night. I also quite liked the Blue Crab, which was sweet and very subtle. I did not have a single bad hand roll – but next time I’ll probably not do the course and just get Bay Scallop rolls!
I also slid in a side order of Uni Sushi, which at $12 was kind of pricey, but so worth it. The Uni was so creamy and sweet – like sea butter!
We finished the night off by splitting the Green Tea Cheese Cake ($7), which was a rather small portion but so good that neither of us could complain.
Service was attentive and our sushi chefs made sure to pace us accordingly. They never put any hand rolls onto the stone slabs until we had both finished our appetizer and sushi. I’d definitely recommend DOMODOMO – and come back myself for some bay scallop hand rolls!