Candidly, the first time I dined at Bohemian I expected the restaurant to overcharge and underdeliver for the opportunity to tell friends and colleagues you dined at “that secret restaurant behind the butcher shop“, but I could not have been more wrong. The food is excellent and affordable, the team is welcoming and the ambiance is second to none. The intimate dining room only seats 25 or so, with a few of those stools at the bar, so reservations should be made in advance.
If you’re curious about the menu, there are quite a few pictures posted on Yelp. You can either take advantage of the very reasonable $62 tasting, or order a la carte. You can’t go wrong with either, but I would encourage you to order the burger if you do the tasting, as the Washugyu or “Washu” beef is spectacular. The beef is a crossbreed of the renowned Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus and is raised in Oregon; if you want to learn more there is a pretty fulsome description on the Japan Premium Beef website (Japan Premium Beef is the butcher shop out front that sources all the beef for the restaurant).
A couple of other dishes I love from Bohemian are the Uni Croquette, Pan Roasted Branzini, Miso Black Cod and Ginger Pork, plus anything beef-related. I slightly prefer the Washu-Beef Tartar to the Washu-Beef Short Rib Sashimi, but they’re both phenomenal, and, if you don’t mind spending some money, definitely order one of the steaks. Also, the Vegetable Fondue is a nice way to start off the meal.
I suggest a later reservation, so that you might have the pleasure of hearing some live music from the bar area, but you’ll be happy no matter what time you visit.
- Rating: 4/4 Stars
- Pricing: $$$ (Zagat)
- Food: Japanese
- Dress Code: Casual
- Neighborhood: NoHo
- Website: www.playearth.jp
- Instagram: None, but you can view photos here
Rating System Guidelines:
4 Stars: outstanding, cannot wait to return
3 Stars: great, would be happy to return
2 Stars: good, though not necessary to seek out
1 Star: forgettable, ought to dine elsewhere
My rating is meant to account for not just the quality of the meal and experience, but also the value, without favoring the ultra expensive. In other words, a high-end restaurant (e.g. Del Posto) and a casual eatery (e.g. BaoHaus) can both receive 4/4 stars, even though they are extremely different atmospheres and the former is clearly “nicer.”