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Bohemian…It’s So Secret…Nobody Goes There!

Blink and you’ll miss Bohemian, a hidden Japanese gem on Great Jones Street near Bowery. There’s no name on the outside of the restaurant, and you can’t see it from the street – it’s tucked away behind a butcher shop. You also can’t just go – you have to know someone in order to get a reservation. There’s a secret number passed around, and even the website is hidden (we’ll give it to you here, but it won’t do you much help, since they ask you to submit for approval before accepting your reservation!). So we Magpies were so excited when we scored a recent reservation. We showed up around 8:00 on a weeknight, and had to ring a doorbell to get inside. The restaurant was really small (only about 25 people can dine here at a time), relatively empty for prime dinner time, and very minimalist chic. The decor had a “fifties” living room vibe – with comfy leather chairs that were so relaxing. We’ve never been to Japan – but it looked exactly how we’d imagine a restaurant in Tokyo to look. We started with the mini Bohemian sliders, which are made with wagyu beef and sauteed onions and served with a side of pickled cauliflower. They were definitely the highlight of  our meal – so juicy and delicious – not at all what we’d expect on the menu of a Japanese restaurant.

We also tried the short rib sashimi, which came with eight small slices. We’ve  had steak tartare before, but we’ve never had anything like this dish;  it was very tender, thinly sliced, raw steak in a marinated sauce  – so good!

And we just had to order the chef’s sashimi bowl, a cold sea bream sashimi served over warm rice. The fish was incredibly fresh and the presentation so different – it almost looked like ice cream with a cherry fruit topping…don’tcha think?

There were several special desserts on the menu for the evening, but after several drinks and our main courses, we were too full to order anything else! All in all, we loved the exclusivity of the place, and how cozy and special  it was to sit and dine there for a few hours.  If you want to impress a friend, date or guest, this is definitely a trip worth taking. Though our one criticism might be someone else’s compliment. As good as it was, we felt it might be too exclusive, since there was hardly anyone else dining while we were there!  So, we’d like to do Bohemian and our readers a favor and…spread the word! Bohemian, 57 Great Jones Street. Contact Harriet Magpie at the top of the page, and we’ll send you the number! Enjoy

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15 Responses for “Bohemian…It’s So Secret…Nobody Goes There!”

  1. jacki says:

    Hi Harriet,
    Could I please get the secret number for Bohemian?
    Thanks so much!
    Kindly
    Jacki

  2. mimi says:

    Hi Harriet,

    I’ve also sent you an email requesting if I could have the ‘secret’ number for the bohemian! would be great if you could please respond!

    Thanks!

  3. Brian McTigue says:

    Hi Harriet,
    I’d love it if you could send me the contact number so i can make a reservation.
    Thanks tons,
    Brian

  4. Jeff says:

    Obviously asking for the number as well.

    Jeff

  5. Alan says:

    Hello Harriet,

    I’m requesting the phone # for reservations. would love to check this place out.

    Thanks!
    Alan

  6. Alice says:

    Harriet,

    I’d be so grateful if you could share the phone number with me.

    Thanks!

  7. Ivy Zelanka says:

    I live in the neighborhood and wanted to get the contact number of this place. if you’re a local can you just walk in and make a reservation?

    thanks

  8. LF says:

    Hi Harriet,

    Would it be possible to request the phone number? After this review, I can’t help but want to try it.

    Kind regards,

    LF

  9. Brandon says:

    Could I please get the number?

  10. Jean says:

    Hi,

    May I please get the number to the restaurant?

    Thank you!!

    Jean

  11. Ailaun says:

    Hello,
    May I also please get the number to Bohemian as a referral to the restaurant?
    Thank you!

  12. Matt says:

    If you’re willing, I would love a referral to Bohemian! I am sure my girlfriend would love to be surprised with a visit here!

  13. Ashley says:

    Thank you for this review! My boyfriend really wants to go here and I was wondering if you might consider giving me a referral to Bohemian? Thanks so much!

  14. David says:

    Sad to see the phone number and Bohemian requests being disrespected here. The number should be spread more intimately than this as per what Bohemian originally intended. If people really wanted to go, just email Bohemian and be honest and genuine.

  15. Tomas says:

    Hi Harriet,

    I enjoyed the review! I’d love to try the restaurant, please could you give me the number? May I mention you as my referral?

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