Now This Is Something Special
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From Our Editors
The bouncer at Toshi’s Living Room is Ponzu. Ponzu is a morkie—half maltese, half yorkie—lapdog who has a keen radar for detecting meanies. At Toshi's, there are no meanies or bacon smugglers, thanks to Ponzu, but instead an atmosphere that celebrates good food, good cheer, and "moments of rapture … where you're happy to be alive and wanting to live forever," as stated on Toshi's website. Opened in the late summer of 2011 at the Flatiron Hotel, Toshi's space is designed to embrace both its guests and its artists, who appear on stage for a fusion of song, dance, playwriting, and other live performances.
The man behind Toshi is Robert "Toshi" Chan, a former Wall Street trader turned party promoter, turned actor, turned real-estate mogul. He and Ponzu have attracted considerable press throughout his tenure, including a feature on Fox 5 News for his outlandish Super Bowl party with a $1,500 ticket price and a gold-bullion bean dip, and more recently in the Epoch Times, which chronicled his rise since his undergraduate days at Columbia through this latest venture at the Flatiron Hotel.