Restaurants Try to Help Japan

An evacuee is checked=Kyodo News, via Associated
An evacuee is checked by a doctor at a shelter in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

Several New York restaurants have arranged menus or fund raisers to help Japan recover from the recent earthquake and tsunami:

On Wednesday, En Japanese Brasserie will hold Love for Japan, hosted by Martha Stewart, with music by Wynton Marsalis and others. Wine, sake, beer and small dishes using recipes and ingredients from areas affected by the disaster will be served. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $250 in advance and $300 at the door with all proceeds going to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund and the Japanese Red Cross. For tickets call (212) 647-9196. The restaurant is at 435 Hudson Street (at Leroy Street) in the West Village.

On Sunday,at 6 p.m., Ballaro, will host “Forza Giappone” (“Let’s Go Japan”), with the intention of providing some relief to the victims. Ballaro will donate 100% of the evening’s sales to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Effort.with the kind participation of Moretti Beer, and Laicale Hair Salon of Soho,

Cadaqués, 188 Grand Street (Bedford Avenue), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-7776, will be donating 30 percent of all sales during its monthly paella night on Tuesday, March 29, to support recovery efforts in Japan.

At the SushiSamba restaurants in New York, Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas, a special ”Disaster Relief Roll for Japan” has been added to the menus — a different one for each of the five locations — for $12, and the price will be contributed to the American Red Cross through the end of the month.

The Japanese Red Cross will benefit from the following: Sho Shaun Hergatt, 40 Broad Street (Wall Street), (212) 809-3993, will give 10 percent of all sake sales through March 23. Tocqueville, 1 East 15th Street, (212) 647-1515; and 15 East, 15 East 15th Street, (212) 647-0015, will donate 5 percent of all beverage sales through Tuesday.

The two Terroir wine bars and Hearth restaurant will raise money for Japanese relief by offering the proceeds of all sales of Yoshi’s fried chicken ($6) at the wine bars and an original cocktail — Yoshi Yuki Nonaka ($12) at Hearth. (Yoshi Nonaka is a Japanese line cook at Hearth.) Donations will be made to Doctors Without Borders. Hearth, 403 East 12th Street (First Avenue), (646) 602-1300; Terroir, 413 East 12th Street (First Avenue), and 24 Harrison Street (Greenwich Street), (212) 625-9463.

For a week starting Monday, Koi will donate the sale price of its new Rising Sun Rol ($18), and Koi Fusion Shot cocktail ($4) to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts. After that, half the price will be donated for the remainder of the month. Koi at the Bryant Park Hotel,
40 West 40th Street, (212) 921-3330.

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