MICHELIN-STAR RATED HAKUBAI RESTAURANT TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE SAKE PAIRING FEATURING AKIRA SAKE FROM THE KANAZAWA DAICHI ORGANIC FARM IN JAPAN THROUGH MARCH 12, 2010 FOR JUST $30 PER PERSON

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The critically-acclaimed Hakubai Restaurant at The Kitano New York Hotel will offer an exclusive Sake Pairing in the recently redesigned restaurant through March 12, 2010.  The Sake pairing will feature Akira Sake imported for the occasion from the Kanazawa Daichi organic farm in Japan along with a special tasting menu created by Executive Chef Sato.  Akira Sake was specially selected for the occasion by Sake Sommelier Chizuko Niikawa, known for her extensive knowledge of Sake and pairing expertise. 

The Sake Pairing menu will feature Akira Sake served warm and presented in a traditional Tokkuri Japanese decanter.  The menu will consist of three tasting portions of Ika Syuto Ae (squid marinated in Bonito liver), Alaskan King Crab Kani Miso Ae (Alaskan King Crab Marinated in Crab Brain) and Tako Wakame Kyurisu (Octopus, seaweed and cucumber marinated in Japanese rice vinegar).   Complimenting the menu will be the pairing of Akira Sake traditionally served warm and presented tableside in a Japanese Tokkuri.  The cost is just $30 per person and includes complimentary Sake; exclusive of tax and gratuities. For reservations call Hakubai Restaurant at (212) 885-7111 or e-mail Hakubai@kitano.com.

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Ika Syuto Ae

Squid marinated in Bonito Liver

Alaskan King Crab Kani Miso Ae

Alaskan king crab Marinated in Crab Brain

Tako Wakame Kyurisu

Octopus, Seaweed and Cucumber Marinated in Japanese Rice Vinegar

Hakubai Restaurant is considered one of the finest Japanese restaurants in the United States.  Hakubai specializes in Kaiseki, a distinctive and delicate cuisine with roots in Zen Buddhism and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  The multi-course dinner, which The New York Times has described as “rarified,” is served on an exquisite array of porcelain, pottery and lacquer dishware at carefully timed intervals.   Presiding over Hakubai for the past 15 years is Executive Chef Yukihiro Sato.  The new menu will feature traditional Japanese fare such as Kobe Beef Toban Yaki with Apple Sauce (Kobe Beef grilled on a hot ceramic plate cooked tableside), Kaisen Nabe (Seafood with lobster cooked at your table in a pot of soy milk broth) and Ton Toro Shio Yaki (salt-grilled fatty pork).  The restaurant is open daily from 11:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for lunch and from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. for dinner.  For reservations call Hakubai Restaurant at (212) 885-7111 or e-mail Hakubai@kitano.com.

The Kitano features traditional East and West services and amenities that are unmatched anywhere in the world.  Asian hospitality merges seamlessly with New York style for an ambience that is pure Kitano.  Awarded the AAA Four-Diamond rating, The Kitano New York is distinguished by a contemporary interior that is both elegant and supremely comfortable.  The newly-refurbished guestrooms feature custom-made mahogany and cherry furniture, down comforters, exquisite artwork and Roman pleated shades with windows that open to views of the historic Murray Hill, Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building and other New York landmarks. The renovation was designed to bring the same sense of serenity combined with the maximum of comfort and service for which the hotel is known to the guestrooms. For hotel reservations, visit www.kitano.com or call 212-885-7000.

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The Kitano New York opened its doors in 1973 as New York’s first Japanese hotel. Thirty five years later it remains the first and only Japanese-owned hotel and has become an integral part of one of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, Murray Hill.  Located on fashionable Park Avenue at 38th Street, the 18-story hotel towers over some of New York City’s most magnificent turn-of-the-century dwellings, offering spectacular views of some of city landmarks. The hotel features 149 guestrooms, including 17 contemporary suites and a one-of-a-kind Japanese Tatami Suite.  The Kitano New York is home to the critically acclaimed Michelin-rated Hakubai restaurant where traditional Kaiseki delicacies are served. The Kitano New York is also home to live Jazz music featuring live performances by legendary Jazz musicians who descend upon the hotel’s bar lounge weekly to perform classic and contemporary Jazz music.  The Kitano New York is a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts, a consortium of deluxe hotels worldwide.  For more information, contact The Kitano New York at 212-885-7000, 1-800-548-2666 or log onto www.kitano.com.

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