New York Layover-Art Basel Miami Beach Escape

omen-nyc-569x426While thousands prepared to descend on South Beach in December for another installation of the most prestigious art fair in the Americas, Art Basel Miami beach, I was flying the friendly sky making connections and infrequent layovers in some of my favorite US cities.

One such city was New York. An old friend and art curator was in town for Art Basel but stopped in New York before heading south for this art extravaganza.

Although it was a short layover we met up for supper at an old New York establishment, Omen.  We caught up on old times over saketinis.

Omen offers an authentic Japanese cuisine in a rustic and relaxed atmosphere. We sat in the backroom area which seats up to 8 or so.

The menu offered a variety of kyote style cuisine. My colleague and I delighted in small portions of the spicy tuna tartare with shrimp, avocado, chiso with yuzu and wasabi; an avocado and arugula salad a mix of cucumber, red radish, sesame dressing; and edamame and fried soy bean and adzuki bean mix.

For entree we grazed on the Kobe Beef shabu shabu, a fondue style dining with thinly sliced Kobe beef, meatballs, shemeji, enoki, vegetable and noodles served with sesame sauce.

We ended the night on a sweet note. Dinner was complete with just the right portion for desserts; parfait of the house with chestnut, sweet potato, berries and organic purple rice syrup and chocolate mouse with brandy in mist sauce.