Hi there, I am new to this message board and hopefully I am posting this topic in the right place. I am throwing this out there because I am beyond dejected, re the Chef in the Subject of this post. In 2004 I had the pleasure of eating in a sushi restaurant called Yujin in the East Village of NYC. Chef Eiji Takase (Chef Taka as he is famously known) was head chef at the time after he put NYC's Sushi Samba on the map (was the best Sushi in NYC before Nobu came along). The sushi I had at Yujin was the best sushi I've had in my life (I'm 36). Just one year later Yujin was no more because my wife and I returned there and found out that 2 months prior Yujin went out of business. Chef Taka had moved to Las Vegas to run the show at Shibuya in MGM Grand Las Vegas. In 2006 my wife and I paid a visit to Shibuya in Vegas and of course with my luck, Chef Taka had been gone a year already. In 2009 I find out that just blocks away from where I was working at the time (around Lincoln Center), Chef Taka had been head chef at a place called Omido. I call/go there and of course with my luck I missed the closure of this restaurant by 2 months (see a pattern). Fast forward to today. I had found out a couple weeks back that Chef Taka had opened up a new place called Tokya right by Central Park after being at Japonais in Chicago for awhile. I called to try and make a reservation, no return call from my voice message was received (eerily similar to my Omido experience 5 years ago). I had to go there to see for sure. The Tokya sign is still there but the doors are locked up during what is supposedly their open hours. Not a good sign. I go next door and ask the bouncers at Tao what is going on and low and behold 2 months ago (yes again 2 months) Tokya closed up permanently after just 7 months of being open!
As you can see my wild goose chase to once again eat the best Sushi I have ever had has come to a dead end. The good news is Chef Taka has his own Linked In now so I can at least keep checking there to see where he lands next. Bad news is he hasn't had any activity on his account for at least 2 weeks. This comes to my point of posting this. I figure this is as good a place as any to ask the members of this message board to perhaps keep their eye out for Chef Taka's next move so I can be there the first day he is again dishing out the best sushi creations on the planet instead of hoping to find out where he is and hoping it's not too late by the time I do find out where he is at next! Hoping the pro chefs that visit here and may know Eiji Takase might be able to shed some light but I can't post in the pro chef forum, so this specific forum is where it has to be posted I guess lol. Otherwise cool site you got here. Love seeing folks like Steve Raichlen and Sara Moulton who I love watching on public TV coming here for Q&A sessions. By the way anyone here know when Mr. Raichlen is going to be so kind as to film a new season of either BBQ U or Primal Grill?