What inspired you to create this website or entity?
I created Bessou to share my love for Japanese food and cooking outside of your standard sushi and ramen. I also wanted to create a local neighborhood restaurant that felt like a real home away from home for people, which is in fact, what the name of the restaurant means. In a city like Manhattan that's frayed by sensory overload, rush hours, and the constant tunnel vision of focusing only on what lies ahead, I thought that we could use a place to simply get away from it all - to relax, reflect, and enjoy ourselves in the moment. At Bessou, we create Japanese dishes reminiscent of my mother's home cooking while having fun with those dishes by exploring and embracing the flavors of New York City that I also grew up with.
How does your website or entity represent or contribute to the local community or borough which you represent?
I wanted to create a space that feels personal and intimate, because this city is so impersonal at times. It's easy to feel lost and alone. You enter Bessou and you feel as though you have entered into one's home. I want guests to have the emotional experience of entering into this home and feeling welcome and taken care of in a familiar way.