Wendy Whelan: Our Romantic Hole in the Wall

The cozy interior of Donguri restaurant, which seats about two dozen diners. Photo courtesy of Donguri.

For every special “love” occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day) my husband and I celebrate together with a dinner at Donguri, located on 83rd Street between First and Second avenues.  It’s been our favorite little “hole in the wall” Japanese restaurant for years.

One review I read of it said, “blink and you’ll miss it,” which is so true — it’s a tiny space with no more than 24 seats. We go there because it’s a hidden treasure with its brick walls, wooden tables and beautiful handmade stoneware. The food and the service are incredible and reservations are a must.

Time seems to slow down whenever we go. We find ourselves smiling the whole evening because we can never get over how delicious everything is.  It’s delicate, simple and divine, our very special place to enjoy in New York City.

Wendy Whelan became a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in January 1986 and has been a principal dancer since 1991.

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