Zuma restaurant in New York brings the informal Japanese dining style of Izayaka (akin to an Irish pub or tapas bar) to groups with its private dining options matched by its innovative menu of sushi and Robata-grilled cuisine.
Spread across two levels in a location in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood, Zuma features a main dining room, upstairs bar and lounge area. Its major highlight for groups is the six private dining rooms that extend a full city block (in 3,600 sf of total space). Five of the rooms are adjoined to be able to accommodate groups up to 200 attendees, and are equipped with the latest audiovisual technologies. Inspired by the four elements—earth, fire, water and air—the private dining rooms feature reclaimed monkey pod wood, steel and iron as well as leather and shades wrapped in antique obis. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide another highlight: views of Madison Avenue and the restaurant’s energetic main dining room below.
Zuma’s menu provides a lot of flexibility for meeting planners to organize unique wine or sake tasting experiences or custom live food demonstrations as well as Omakase-style meals and beverage pairings. Sushi and sashimi dishes mix well with the grilled scallops or pork belly from the Robata grill.
For meeting planners looking beyond New York, the contemporary Japanese restaurant has several locations across the world, including two others in the United States located in Las Vegas and Miami.