Isamu, a new Japanese/Chinese restaurant featuring a wide variety of selections at very competitive prices, is named after the world-renowned artist Isamu Noguchi, who was the inspiration for the restaurant's modern yet classic concept. Isamu is the sound translation of the Japanese word for courage; the written character for this word originally came from China and also means courage.
A pre-opening party, to which the public is invited, will be held Sunday, February 22 from 2 to 7 pm.
Isamu's designer/partner is Yuan Lee, a distinguished artist whose work has been commissioned by the United Nations to design and illustrate postal stamp projects. He also recently collaborated in the design of a green hotel in Napa Valley, California, designing and painting large murals with which the exterior of the hotel is wrapped. Please visit www.yuanleestudio.com. The other two partners are brothers, David and Anka Chan, who for the past thirty years have built and run many restaurants, including the popular Dim Sum Go Go in New York City. Peter Wang, responsible for the operation of the critically acclaimed Sushi Damo in mid-town Manhattan, will bring his team to serve the customers of Isamu.