The ONO and only one

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to dine at the new Restaurant Ono. Ono is located on Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking district, on the ground floor of the Hotel Gansevoort. While making reservations, I don’t think I was ready for what was to come. I must say that I was expecting your run of the mill overpriced Japanese restaurant. Just moments into my meal, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Walking in to Ono is an experience on its own. The restaurant is decorated in bold colors, like deep reds and golds. There are paper chandeliers on the ceiling, decorated with Japanese art. There’s a huge circular bar, a towering spiral stair case and and funky tattooed art on the walls. The seating is varied. There are cozy, secluded booths for two, tables that accommodate parties of 10 or you can sit at the bar and watch your food being prepared.

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Now, for the good stuff. My first comment is that the meal was amazing. I am on Weight Watchers, but that night I was happy to go over my daily allotted points. Although, I must say, I can report they have an “Atkins friendly” section called O No Rice Rolls. Just looking at the menu, trying to decide what to order made me dizzy, but we managed to pick a nice sampling. We started off with the Kobe beef, which comes with five dipping sauces. Next, they brought out Spicy Crab and Spicy Tuna Rolls. For the main dish, we had a 28 oz. Rib Eye with Ginger Creamed Spinach and Steamed Rice. I personally don’t like red meat, but this just melted in your mouth. I washed down my meal with a Screaming O and a Mango Mojito. Let me just say that after one drink, I was on cloud nine. This place does not believe in icing down your drinks. I finished my meal, with a serving of chocolate mousse that sent my taste buds in to overdrive.

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The prices at Ono are very reasonable for city dining. The drinks are a little pricey, at an average of $14, but you only need one to get you going. The service is great, and although the staff comes to check on you periodically, they are not on top of you and you can peacefully enjoy your meal. This place gets a 10 on food, service, decor and atmosphere. Ono doesn’t have a website, but if you want to check out their menu, you can go to www.menupages.com. Oh, and just so you all know, I still managed to lose 2 pounds that week!

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