Mahbo prawns and pork belly (麻婆海老)
Bessou - NYC
@bessounyc is easily one of my favorite restaurants in New York City. With a name that means “second home” in Japanese, Bessou makes food that is meant to be comforting to all. And they do it so well. The spicy mahbo prawns and pork belly dish was perfect for a cold night (btw when is spring coming? ). .
But Bessou is more than the food. The warm, wood interior makes the restaurant’s atmosphere so peaceful, homey, and inviting. Even though the restaurant is located nearby some really busy roads and areas, you’d never guess it sitting inside the restaurant. There’s a beautiful hand-dyed noren (Japanese fabric room divider) hanging at the entrance. And detail in the restaurant’s design go beyond the obvious—in a @feastmeetswesteats podcast episode, owner Maiko (@mkyogoku ) mentions that the shelving doesn’t use any nails—an homage to the Japanese Shinto shrines!
And beyond the food and space, Bessou just has really cool people. @chefemilyyuen is so incredibly talented (she was just mentioned by @elitetraveler as one of the chefs to watch in 2018). And everybody there, from Maiko and Chef Emily to the servers and cooks, is so kind and warm. .
There’s like a billion restaurants to try in NYC (give or take a few lol), but I always find myself making time to go back to Bessou because it’s such a special place.