At House, a host will talk you through a $180 Japanese-French tasting menu that lasts over two hours. Between each of the nine courses, you’ll hear the staff loudly discuss their weekend plans or joke around with the chef—and this is by design. (It’s called House for a reason.) The restaurant is at the back of a big Japanese market in Greenpoint, and while you sit at the eight-seat table, you’ll feel like you’re in someone’s home, drinking wine in their kitchen while they make you playfully fancy food. The delicate duck liver monaka feels like a childhood snack with the addition of sugary apple jam, and their signature dish involves a dehydrated strawberry disc that tastes like cereal once you crack it into the burrata underneath.

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