I was at ChoGa last week, and it was a random happening. I was out with a friend in SoHo, we were out drinking and realized we where hungry, and had no idea where to go. He's from Tel Aviv, I'm from Miami, so we just wandered in the freezing cold until we came upon ChoGa. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with such hospitality. Our server was very kind and patient, as we were trying to figure out what to pick from this sumptuous menu. I don't usually eat sushi or most seafood but the atmosphere was so inviting I felt if I ordered chicken teriyaki that I would be shortchanging myself on something wonderful. So I ordered the tuna tataki. We had a rich and buttery miso soup which was perfect for the cold occasion.
What really struck me was how far the waitstaff went to make our evening memorable. I know in Miami I can get the best mojito, and probably a Korean Japanese restaurant was not the first choice in which to order one, but I did anyway. Our server told me that there was no fresh mint, only mint syrup. I declined. She told me that she could run to the store nearby and get some fresh mint. I felt bad about it and told her not to worry. Although I was craving it! Lo and behold, I was served a mojito with fresh mint about 10 minutes later! It wasn't the best mojito in the world, but I certainly appreciated the detail and effort.
The tuna tataki was divine as was the beef teriyaki. All of it was wonderful. Sometimes stumbling upon a place is the best thing ever.
145 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012