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Founders Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki have debuted their France meets Japan style Café Kitsuné to the West Village with a 900- square-foot space (designed by Kuroki) and a menu curated by Tokyo chef Yuji Tani. To add some local New York flavors, Loaëc and Kuroki included pastries by Ayako Kurokawa of Burrow, smoked salmon from Russ and Daughters and Nicholas Morgenster­n’s seasonal and always unexpected ice creams. “You will find a Parisian je ne sais quoi mixed with a strong Japanese feel,” explains Kuroki.

Café Kitsuné, along with the cult fashion brand Maison Kitsuné and indie music label Kitsuné Musique, is ready to become a global fashion/food/music powerhouse. Along with locations in Paris, Tokyo and Seoul, the Café Kitsuné rollout is blanketing the planet this year. Shanghai, Jakarta and London recently opened and this spring there will be new cafés in Kyoto and Beijing. “We’ll be expanding more into hospitalit­y with this idea in mind to always learn more about the savoir-faire, to improve the quality and freshness of our offerings, the service, the experience,” Loaëc adds. “Our community often asks us on social media when a Café Kitsuné will open in their own cities, which is very exciting for us!”

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