Although it's not open to the public yet, Kabocha's interior is ready to go. 100 seats are dispersed throughout the space in the form of modern white booths and tables topped with white china and woven placemats. An open kitchen flaunts Shin Thompson's (Bonsoiree) Japanese brasserie fare, peeking over a 20-seat marble bar. Large woven chandeliers illuminate the dining room, which features wood panels and shutters framed by exposed brick. A private two-seat Kaiseki table can be enclosed by sliding screens and peeks into the kitchen through a one-way mirror.
The space was designed by Ruthie Stebbins of RHSID along with partner Ryan O'Donnell and New York designer Paul Davis. The opening date is still in question, but a source floated April 18. They're hosting one-off events followed by friends and family dinners. Check out this March 1 post for a menu peek, and look for the opening within two weeks.