47 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003  map  |  212-228-6088
About & Menu
Hours & Location

Shuko offers daily tasting menus from Chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau based on traditional Japanese flavors and techniques from the kitchen and sushi bar. Our menu reflects the best fish selections and seasonal ingredients sourced locally and internationally.

We take reservations 28 days in advance, both at tables and at the sushi counter. You must request your preferred seating at the time of making your reservation. Due to high demand and the nature of our menu, we allow a certain time for guests dining. We will only hold a reservation for 15 minutes, otherwise you will have to wait for the next time we can accommodate, which may be a different day.

We require a valid credit card to hold all reservations. Our cancellation policy involves a charge of $135 per person if the reservation hasn't been cancelled at least 24 hours in advance for parties of 4 or less, and 48 hours for parties of 5 or more.


Sushi Tasting ($135)
Daily selections of sashimi and sushi based on freshness and seasonality

Sushi Kaiseki ($175)
Multi-course menu celebrating seasonal ingredients through progression of composed dishes and sushi tastings

New Years Eve 2015 Sushi Kaiseki ($250)

Multi-course menu celebrating seasonal & luxurious ingredients through progression of composed dishes and sushi tastings

Sushi Kaiseki Beverage Pairing ($125)

All encompassing pairing of wine, sake beer & spirits


Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Closed Sundays

CLOSED 11/26, 11/27, 12/24, 12/25 & 1/1 FOR HOLIDAYS


47 East 12th Street (between University and Broadway)
New York, NY 10003


During 2005, Chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau met while working at Masa in Columbus Circle.  In 2012, Chefs Kim and Lau partnered on their first solo project, Neta, to explore their modern interpretation of a traditional sushi counter; Neta opened to rave reviews including two stars from the New York Times in its inaugural year.  The following year Chefs Kim and Lau announced their departure from Neta to focus on their own restaurant, Shuko.  Shuko popped up in East Hampton during the summer and is now open full-time in Union Square.


Chef Jimmy Lau began his culinary training in New York. Following his apprenticeship and mastery of the art of sushi-making, Chef Lau worked at a variety of Japanese restaurants before spending a year and a half cooking his way across the United States, learning French, Italian, Chinese and Turkish cuisines. Upon his return to New York, Chef Lau served as Head Chef at Masa Takayama's Bar Masa where he also coordinated the restaurant's international fish purchases and inventory.  Together with Nick Kim, Chef Lau opened Neta, Shuko Beach in East Hampton and now Shuko in Union Square.


Chef Nick Kim began his culinary training in world renowned restaurants across Europe; he returned to the United States to spend his formative years working alongside Masa Takayama at Ginza Sushi-Ko in Los Angeles. Two year later, Chef Kim was named Head Chef and moved to New York to help Chef Takayama open Masa. Over the course of Chef Kim's tenure at Masa, the restaurant received numerous accolades including three Michelin stars and a four star review from the New York Times.  Together with Jimmy Lau, Chef Kim opened Neta, Shuko Beach in East Hampton and now Shuko in Union Square.


Sarah Krathen started working in restaurants at 15 in her hometown of Key West, Florida. She moved to Hyde Park to attend the Culinary Institute of America, where she completed an AOS degree in culinary arts and a front of the house fellowship in the Caterina de Medici restaurant. After CIA, she moved to Manhattan and started managing restaurants. In 2008, she opened Sorella with her best friend Emma Hearst. The two ran Sorella for 5 and a half years, receiving many accolades along the way. In 2013, they wrote the Sorella cookbook, which was published by Weldon Owen. They decided to close Sorella and split up in the summer of 2014. Sarah joined the team at Shuko in November of 2014, after being a long time fan of both Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau. She is a lover of hospitality and food, especially Japanese. She prides herself on the challenge of making days through hospitality.

Restaurant Review: Shuko in the East Village
February 17, 2015 | New York Times
How to Navigate Shuko, New York's Most Exciting New Japanese Restaurant
February 07, 2015 | Eater NY
Restaurant Review: Shuko -- Grub Street
January 12, 2015 | Grub Street
47 E 12th St 10003
January 12, 2015 | Time Out New York
Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau's Petite Sushi Bar Shuko Will Open Thursday on 12th Street
November 06, 2014 | Eater NY
Looking Ahead: Shuko
November 04, 2014 | NY Times
Fresh Seafood with a Japanese Twist
August 05, 2014 | PureWow
News for Foodies: 07.17.14
July 24, 2014 |
Just Opened | Shuko Beach, East Hampton
July 22, 2014 | Find. Eat. Drink.
11 new eateries to try this summer in the Hamptons
July 05, 2014 | New York Post
Restaurant Openings Report: Week of June 23, 2014
July 01, 2014 | The Daily Meal
Looking Ahead: Shuko
June 10, 2014 | NY Times
Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau Plan Neta Follow-up Shuko
June 06, 2014 | Eater


For general information, press inquiries or private events, please contact info@shukonyc.com.