Hi! My name is Ai. I grew up in Japan, helping my mother in the kitchen ever since I was a little kid, watching and learning as she cooked away. My food reflects my background and roots, looking back fondly at meals I created with my mom, as well as reflecting the experiences I've had over years of traveling around the U.S. and the world. My dishes are Vegetarian and/or Pescaterian.
My husband Mat and I built a small farm on our loft rooftop a few years ago and we grow many of the vegetables, greens and herbs I use in the cooking, including the Japanese staple herb, shiso! I select other choice ingredients at the green markets and other quality sources around NYC and beyond. We are very conscious about food, the environment and health. Our tasty meals are well balanced and full of pronounced and subtle flavors.
Flavor and nutrition is what it's about and should not be mutually exclusive. If you want to experience a unique flavor palette and quality ingredients, then this is the place!
Please send me a message if you would like to setup private party.
Here is my facebook page to follow upcoming events and view more pictures! https://www.facebook.com/ajitofood
I had a lovely time with guests from other countries. The food was phenomenal. 13 courses, all the right portion, with the most delicious ingredients, either grown from the Chef's own rooftop or the local markets. It was simply amazing and really a priceless culinary experience.
13. Juli 2019
A lovely experience. Wonderful food and atmosphere. A must for anyone on this site!
16. Juni 2019
We had a very good time for our girls night, meeting new friends while enjoying fresh and delicate local gourmet by Chef Ai.
10. Juni 2019
I booked Ai's experience for a private, surprise birthday dinner for my boyfriend, and words can't describe how phenomenal the dinner was. First, Ai was extremely accommodating ahead of the dinner since we had 12 guests total and she arranged a private booking for us. Ai was so nice and friendly, welcoming us into her beautiful home. Everyone in my party was blown away by the food and the overall experience. We are all hardened New Yorkers, and to find something so unique and impressive can be hard for a group of tough critics. The food was beautiful, and the flavors, quality, and freshness of all of the ingredients shined through. We brought a number of bottles of wine and sake, and all were finished by the end of the meal. For this type of meal at this price point, it's seriously a steal, especially considering that we're in NYC! Truly an amazing, unique, beautiful experience. I encourage everyone to eat with Ai!