I went to Saburi last evening, 168 Lexington Ave. (between 30TH and 31ST), with wonderful food brought out to customers on nicely presented plates, and live music .
They had live jazz by Miki Yoshitake, who actually is not only a wonderful singer but an arranger. There was an artist, Amy, painting oils near the jazz band as they played, adding much to the poetry of this small restaurant, like a haiku.
Here is a promo for an earlier date
Miki and Amy at Saburi:
I can't say anything about the food other then the fact that several fellow customers surrounding me at the bar ordered up dishes, mosly japanese cooked dishes, that looked so wonderful. I had already eaten much sashimi at Umi Japanese Restaurant (owned and staffed by wonderful chefs from Fuzhou, China), so when I stumbled upon Saburi I was only able to take beer, part of their very nice selection of drinks, that includes wines of the Japanese variety .
The staff is mostly from Japan, and the atmoshere is very relaxing in a small comfortable space with tables to sit at. Japanese themed decor.
It is so unfortunate that they only have live jazz two times every month, but I was very fortunate to have stumbled upon this place during one of those evenings.
Find the menu on their website.
168 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
118 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016