Japanese American Pub Brings Ramen to Tribeca

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Zutto is located at 77 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013. And is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30am-5:30pm, dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:30-10pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30-11pm. For more information, please call (212) 233-3287, and visit zuttonyc.com.


The name Zutto may be familiar to connoisseurs and Tribeca locals as it was the first sushi restaurant in the area 30 years ago. Now, while the name and location remain the same, the new chef Joshua Smookler has recreated the core concept and turned Zutto into an Japanese American izakaya-inspired pub. Yes, they still have sushi, but the real star is seen in the Japanese menu, which draws from Smookler’s French culinary training and includes an extensive wine, beer, shochu and sake program.

Chef Smookler, a Korean raised Jewish who grew up in New York, came into the professional kitchen world in an unusual way. After he finished his bachelor’s degree, Smookler was supposed to study medicine. But, he decided first he wanted to see more of the country. He got as far as San Antonio, Texas before he needed to stop driving and work. He saw an ad for wait staff at the French restaurant L’Etoile and went in for the position dressed in a T-shirt, shorts, and sandals. Lucky for him the owner was Jewish and when Smookler started speaking to him in Hebrew, he got the job.

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The Amazing Pork Belly Buns

His training can be seen not only in the stunning way he plates his food, but in the solid flavors and innovative bites he offers, especially in his Japanese pub-style food. Take the Steamed buns (but go easy . . . are terrific), Smookler whips up variations that include a classic Asian style pork belly with miso-mayonnaise, tender and sweet short rib, and a Kobe beef patty with hijiki, his version of an American slider. Other menu items also speak to the izakaya style like the finely pounded fish that gets breaded and fried to create salty fish “chips” with a side of spicy edamame and jalapeño dip. The result is a deceptively simple and memorable creation.

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Lobster Rolls

For the signature ramen, the chef’s favorite dish, Smookler starts by making the various broths, a process that takes almost two days to complete. He pours the rich, velvety liquid over long, tender noodles made from Smookler’s own recipe and tops the dish with various ingredients. Start with the tonkotsu classic bowl, which comes with smoky chasu, sweet pickled ginger, sesame, and kikurage, also known as wood ear mushroom. It is the star.

For heftier fare, go for  Smookler’s take on steak frites, which uses tender Kobe beef ribeye. The portion isn’t huge, but the quality is superb and the fries are wonderful.

While their menu remains sophisticated, the giant communal table in the center, cozy bar, intimate banquette seating, and soft Japanese lanterns hanging overhead helps create the down-to-earth vibe Smookler wants. It’s easily a place where you can pop in for a great bowl of ramen, a snack, and a glass of beer or wine. Actually, the beverage list alone is worth the Tribeca trek as it features Asahi on draft that is actually brewed in Japan and shipped here. In bottles they offer spiced Schneider Weisse, rich Allagash Dubbel, and light and nutty brews by Hitachino Nest’s.

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On the wine menu Smookler taps into his years working as a wine director and has created a masterpiece of whites, reds, and sparkling from all around the world. He arranges on the menu from lightest in body, to the heaviest. For example the list of whites starts with a Hautes Noelles’ 2010 Muscadet Sur Lie and ends with Le Vieux Donjon’s 2010 Rhone blend. For reds he features over two-dozen bottles including CVNE Imperial’s 1999 Tempranillo and Kenzo Estate’s 2007 Bordeaux blend. All wine prices are value oriented and lower than many places charge for the same bottles.

Another feature on the drink list is the flushed out sake list. Where the original restaurant offered few, the new Zutto has around 60 including unfiltered Hakushika “Snow Beauty” Junmai, earthy Shichida, and the pear tinged Yaegaki Mu. Loyal Zutto customers will also find the classic sushi list re-imagined save for the traditional triangle shaped Tribeca roll, which has been on the Zutto menu since the beginning. Other rolls Smookler has created to express the more wild side of things including the animal roll, a feisty maki with short rib, jalapeño, garlic, and a sweet and savory soy glaze, which gets served on the bone from which the beef came. Also innovative is Smookler’s bright yum yum sae woo, which is made with a thin, lime-green tofu skin and wrapped around tempura shrimp, lettuce, and crab, giving it a crisp texture and more of a summer roll feel than traditional sushi.

Dessert is an experience unto itself as Smookler comes up with all sorts for fun creations like the salty-sweet chocolate-caramel crème du pot and a melt-in-your-mouth caramelized brioche with grilled bananas and homemade vanilla ice cream, which is so airy and light it’s hard to believe it’s really ice cream. He used to offer a dish called a tasting of three chocolates and rum, which consists of a molten chocolate with three chunks of chocolate, paired with three amazing single barrel aged rums from different parts of South America.On our visit, it wasn’t available, but we adored “coffee and donuts,” a fabulous coffee semifreddo with foamed cream and zeppole donuts. It would put any Italian restaurant to shame.

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Whether you come to Zutto for a light snack and a drink, a full dinner, or for lunch, grabbing a seat at the community table or outside, once they open their glorious French doors, gives you the full Japanese pub experience with an international twist.

Service is friendly and the ramen is as good as it gets.

Copyright 2012 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.

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Sample Menu (Items and Prices Subject To Change)

FROM THE KITCHEN – CHUUKA MANJUU (STEAMED BUNS)

$12.00

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Kobe Beef

hijiki, red onion, togarashi mayo

$9.00

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Pork Belly

lettuce, miso‐mayo

$10.00

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Short Ribs

spicy fermented cabbage, tobanjan mayo

$11.00

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Portabella

rucola, parmesan crisp, brown miso mayo

FROM THE KITCHEN – SMALL PLATES

$12.00

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Ebi Mayo

fried shrimp, yuzu mayo

$8.00

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Silken Tofu

tempura tofu, pickled mushrooms, pickled eggplant, spicy shoyu sauce, micro cilantro

$12.00

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Fish “chips”

edamame‐jalapeño dip

$8.00

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Shishito Peppers

charred fried Japanese peppers, yuzu salt, lemon aioli

$6.00

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Edamame

charred edamame, chilis, yuzu salt

$12.00

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Manila Clams Garlic

enoki, white miso, butter, crostini

$9.00

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Green Papaya Salad

dried shrimp, tomato, peanut, long bean, thai chili, lime juice

FROM THE KITCHEN – RAMEN

$15.00

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Tonkotsu Hokkaido Classic

"tonkotsu" noodle soup topped with pork jowl chashu, kikurage, menma, red pickled ginger, sesame, and scallions

$16.00

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Spicy Miso

red miso and pork based soup, topped with scallion, chopped pork, menma, white pickled ginger, sesame and chili oil

$16.00

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Chicken Paitan

chicken and premium soy sauce based soup topped with scallion, onion, char siu pork, and nori.

$15.00

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Wasabi Shoyu Ramen

soy sauce, chicken and vegetable based noodle soup, topped with bean curd, wasabi, menma, kaiware radish, shiso, scallions, and wasabi infused oil

$18.00

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Seafood Ramen

pork and seafood based, head on shrimp, manila clams, roasted garlic oil, red pickled ginger, menma, wakame, enoki

$18.00

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Parma Karma

soybean paste and pork noodle soup topped with pork chashu, parmigiano-reggiano, menma, fresh grated ginger, karashi, and scallions

FROM THE KITCHEN – RAMEN TOPPINGS

$2.00

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Onsen Tamago

slow poached egg

$3.00

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Karashi Takana

leaf mustard

$4.00

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Menma Seasoned

bamboo shoots

$4.00

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Braised Kakuni

pork belly

$4.00

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Chashu

pork jowl

$6.00

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Topping Sampler

choice of any 3

$4.00

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Shiitake

pickled shiitake mushrooms

$2.00

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Kae Dama

kae-dama is a system that offers you an extra serving of noodles. when you have almost finished your first serving of noodles, order by saying, "kae-dama, please". in a few minutes the server will bring you another ‘ball of noodles’, and put it in the soup. at that time, you must have enough amount of the soup in the bowl to accommodate the new noodles.

FROM THE KITCHEN – PLATES

10oz $42.00

16oz $69.00

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Steak Frites

kobe beef ribeye, french fries

FROM THE KITCHEN – SIDES

$5.00

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Wedge Salad, Ginger Vinaigrette

$5.00

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Miso Soup

$7.00

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French Fries

$9.00

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Caramelized Brussel Sprouts

*has bacon

$9.00

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Seaweed Salad

$11.00

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Sautéed Asparagus And Mushrooms

$9.00

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Sweet Potato Tots

$12.00

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Rucola Salad

bacon, parmesan, saba

FROM THE SUSHI BAR – APPETIZERS

$24.00

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Sashimi Appetizer

two pieces of tuna, salmon, white fish, one‐piece fluke

$18.00

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Lightly Seared Big Eye Tuna

with daikon radish and ponzu sauce

$13.00

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Seared Salmon Salad

salmon sashimi lightly seared with assorted pickles

FROM THE SUSHI BAR – SUSHI & SASHIMI

$5.00

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Sawara

spanish mackerel

$5.00

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Saba

mackerel

$4.00

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Zuwai Kani

snow crab, alaska

$5.00

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Hotate

scallop, hokkaido, jp

$4.00

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Tomago

egg omelet

FROM THE SUSHI BAR – SUSHI & SASHIMI – BIGEYE TUNA

Mebachi Maguro, From East Coast

$5.00

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Akami

lean tuna

$7.00

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Toro

big eye fatty tuna

$7.00

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Negi‐toro

big eye fatty tuna w/ scallion

$5.00

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Shima Suzuki

striped bass

$6.00

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Madai

japanese snapper, goto, jp

$6.00

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Hirame

live fluke, long island

$6.00

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Hirame Engawa

fluke fin

$8.00

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Botan Ebi

sweet shrimp, maine

$5.00

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King Sake

king salmon, new zealand

$6.00

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Hamachi

yellowtail, kagoshima, jp

$6.00

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Hamachi Hara

fatty yellowtail, kagoshima, jp

$6.00

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Kanpachi

greater amberjack, kumamoto, jp

$7.00

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Kanpachi Hara

fatty amberjack, kumamoto, jp

$6.00

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Unagi

fresh water eel w/ eel sauce

FROM THE SUSHI BAR – ROE

$4.00

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Tobiko

flying fish roe, canada

$6.00

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Ikura

salmon roe, alaska

$8.00

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Uni

sea urchin), santa barbara, ca

$0.50

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Udama

extra quail egg

FROM THE SUSHI BAR – NEW STYLE MAKI (RICE OUTSIDE)

$12.00

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Tribeca

spicy tuna, avocado, caviar, in a a triangle

$15.00

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Soft Shell Crab

flying fish roe, scallion, cucumber and kaiware sprouts

$9.00

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Miami

salmon, salmon roe, avocado and kaiware sprouts

$6.00

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California

snow crab and avocado

$11.00

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Gulf Of Mexico

shrimp tempura, flying fish roe, scallion, cucumber and kaiware sprouts w/ spicy mayonnaise

$16.00

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Maine

lobster tempura, flying fish roe, scallion, cucumber and kaiware sprouts w/spicy mayonnaise

$10.00

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Maryland

lump crab, avocado, caviar, tuna

$9.00

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Yum Yum Sae Woo

tempura shrimp, crab, lettuce wrap, yuba, spicy red beans sauce

$14.00

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Panko Eel

panko fried eel, yuzu crème fraiche, avocado

$12.00

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Animal Roll

short rib, jalapeno, garlic, soy glaze

FROM THE SUSHI BAR – TRADITIONAL STYLE MAKI

Seaweed Outside

$6.00

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Tuna

plain or spicy

$12.00

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Negi Toro Pickles

fatty tuna, scallion and pickled daikon radish

$11.00

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Yakishushi (cut Roll Only)

grilled tuna and scallion roll w/ soy sauce

$8.00

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Yellowtail And Scallion

$11.00

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Futomaki (cut Roll Only)

snow crab, egg custard, mango, spinach and pickles w/ bonito flakes

FROM THE SUSHI BAR – MAIN COURSE

$39.00

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Premium Sushi

9 pieces of sushi (toro fatty tuna, akami, kanpachi, botan ebi, madai, king salmon, unagi, white fish egg custard) and negi toro roll

$34.00

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Daily Selection Of Sushi

9 pieces of sushi and half roll

$29.00

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Sushi & Sashimi Combination

sashimi (tuna, white fish and egg custard), 6 pieces of sushi (tuna, fluke, salmon, shrimp and 2 white fish sushi

LUNCH PRIX FIXE SPECIAL ONE

$15.00

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Miso Soup

wakame, tofu

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Wedge Salad

red onions, cherry tomatoes, ginger dressing

LUNCH PRIX FIXE SPECIAL ONE – CHOICE OF

$15.00

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Kobe Beef Hirata Bun & Fries

hijiki, red onion, togarashi mayo

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Portabella Hirata Buns & Fries

rucola, parmesan crisp, brown miso mayo

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Chef’s Sushi/sashimi Platter

chef’s selection of the day (please ask your server for the chef’s selection of the day)

LUNCH PRIX FIXE SPECIAL TWO

$17.00

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Ocha-zuke

recommended with a special side order of rice to enjoy the ramen soup "ocha-zuke" style. (please select 1 from the following) chasu pork jowl, ikara salmon roe, negi scallion

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Chopped Pork & Wedge Salad

red onions, cherry tomatoes, ginger dressing

LUNCH PRIX FIXE SPECIAL TWO – CHOICE OF

$17.00

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Shiromaru Hakata Classic

"tonkotsu" noodle soup topped with pork jowl chashu, kikurage, menma, red pickled ginger, sesame, and scallions

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Spicy Miso

red miso and pork based soup, topped with scallion, chopped pork, scallions, menma, white pickled ginger, sesame and chili oil

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Chicken Paitan

chicken and premium soy sauce based soup topped with scallion, onion, char siu pork, and nori.

Mark your favorites

Wasabi Shoyu Ramen

soy sauce, chicken and vegetable based noodle soup, topped with bean curd, wasabi, menma, kaiware radish, shiso, scallions, and wasabi infused oil

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Seafood Ramen

pork and seafood based, head on shrimp, manila clams, roasted garlic oil, red pickled ginger, menma, wakame, enoki

LUNCH PRIX FIXE SPECIAL TWO – RAMEN TOPPINGS

$2.00

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Onsen Tamago

slow poached egg

$3.00

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Karashi Takana

leaf mustard

$4.00

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Menma Seasoned

bamboo shoots

$4.00

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Braised Kakuni

pork belly

$4.00

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Chashu

pork jowl

WINES BY THE GLASS – SPARKLING

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Raventos I Blanc, Cava Reserva Brut , ‘l’hereu"’

penendes

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Domaine St. Vincent, Brut Rose

new mexico

WINES BY THE GLASS – WHITE

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Luc Choblet, Muscadet , Clos De La Senaigerie

loire

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Domaine Duffour , Colombard , Cotes De Gascogne Blanc

southwest

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Gobelsburg, Gruner Veltliner, ‘gobelsburger’

kamptal

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Joostenberg Wines, Chenin Blanc , ‘little J White’

paar

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Hoffmann-simon, Riesling Spätlesen, Piesporter Goldtropfchen

mosel

WINES BY THE GLASS – RED

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San Pietro, Schiava

alto adige

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Dom. Madone, (gamay) ‘perreon-futs De Chene’, Beaujolais-villages

beaujolais

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Turley, Cinsault , ‘el Porron’

california

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Cavallotto, Dolcetto D’alba , Bricco Boschis -‘scot’

piedmont

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Aldo Rainoldi, (nebbiolo ), Grumello

valtellina

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Charles Smith Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon , ‘chateau Smith’

wa state

WINES BY THE GLASS – DESSERT

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Chateau Du Juge, (semillon ) Cadillac

bordeaux

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Oremus (furmint), Tokaji Aszu, 5 Puttonyos

tokaji

WINES BY THE BOTTLE – SPARKLING

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Domaine Mittnacht, Cremant D’alsace

alsace

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Gruet, ‘vintage’ Blanc De Blanc

new mexico

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Gobelsburg, Brut Reserve

kamptal

WINES BY THE BOTTLE – CHAMPAGNE

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Pierre Gimonnet, ‘selection Belles Annees’ Blanc De Blancs Brut

cuis

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Egly-ouriet, ‘brut Tradition’

ambonnay

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Goutorb, ‘special Club’

ay

WINES BY THE BOTTLE – WHITE

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Hautes Noelles, Muscadet Sur Lie, Les Granges

loire

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Ulacia, Hondarrubi Zuri, Getariako Txakolina

basque

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Domaine Sigalas, Assyrtiko

santorini

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Schmitt-wagner, Riesling Auslese, Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg

mosel

BEERS

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Asahi Draft

light, clean, sweet

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Allagash Dubbel

dark amber, medium bodied, complex malty taste

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Allagash White

light, crisp, fruity, spicy

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Coedo Beniaka

amber, sweet potato

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Chimay Blue Grand Reserve

b elgian-style dark strong ale

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Corsendonk Brown Ale

port, raisins and black chocolate

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Full Sail Ltd

american-style amberred ale

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Hitachino Nest Ginger Brew

ginger-spiciness, malt-sweetness and hoppy in the finish

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

hints of strawberries, intriguing mix of sake and malt

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Hitachino Nest White Ale

refreshing complex flavors of coriander, orange peel, & nutmeg

SAKE – SPARKLING

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Choryo Sawa Sawa

sparkling sake

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Kagatobi Junmai

less filtered, rich rice flavor and refreshing taste

SAKE

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Ohtouka

nama (unpasturized). gentle, velvety and smooth. continually mild and refined

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Kira (honjozo)

sharp & refreshing with mild bitterness, super dry

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Tonyu (soymilk)

smooth, sweet taste of soy, unique marriage of junmai sake and organic soy milk

SAKE – NIGORI (UNFILTERED)

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Hakushika "snow Beauty" Junmai

rice flavor with a mellow finish

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Kagatobi

nigori

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Hakutsuru Sayuri Junmai

refreshing aromas, natural sweetness and smooth aftertaste

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Yaegaki

well balanced, silky and creamy, touch of delicate sweetness

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Wakatake Onikoroshi

fruity, melon, tropical fruit, cotton candy, thick mild and earthy

SAKE – GINJO

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Kawacho

gentle fragrance, sturdy, dry finish on the aftertaste

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Narutotai Nama Genshu

gorgeous seet aromas, fruity, powerful and dry

SAKE – JUNMAI GINJO

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Hakushika

fresh, fruity with subtle flavor and smooth finish

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Suehiro Yamahai

complex aromas of hay & smoke. round, smooth well balanced with umami

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Shichida

earthy, refreshing, followed by fullnes of steamed rice, rich

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Daishichi Kimoto Classic

full bodied and dry with rich layers of rice aroma and taste

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Kurosawa Kimoto

sweet savory coconuts, banana, vanilla and walnut aromas. medium body

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Otokoyama

hint of fruit, refreshing lightness, dry and full bodied

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Ryo

fresh, smooth and luxurious as it enters, leading to subtle bitterness

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Tenkawa

"sacred river"

SAKE – DAIGINJO

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Ken

melons, pears, and peaches, elegant and crisp

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Otokoyama

elegant, harmonious, long finish, finely balanced, velvety smooth and delicate

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Hakushika Sennenju "kuromatsu"

smooth sake with fruity aroma and a gentle body

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Daishichi Houreki

sweet, and velvety aroma of fruits-delicate but crisp

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Yaegaki Mu

asian pear, whipped cream. soft, delicate leading to fruity medium body

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Kamoshibito Kuheiji

ripened fruit and very floral

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Wakatake Onikoroshi

beautifully round, silky, deep with slight sweetness, elegant & great acidit

 

During lunch hours, Zutto offers two prix fixe specials for under $20. One has miso soup, salad with ginger dressing, and your choice of Kobe beef or portabella steamed buns with fries or a sushi or sashimi platter. The other comes with salad and your choice of ramen.

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