News Release City Welcomes Furoshiki to Park Avenue

City of Rochester

News Release

(Friday, Dec. 20, 2013) – City Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner R. Carlos Carballada, New York State Senator Joe Robach and City Councilmember Elaine Spaull joined General Manager Tom O'Brien today to celebrate the grand opening of Furoshiki, a restaurant featuring pan-Asian cuisine at 682 Park Ave. Restaurant owner Mark Teng was in Japan sourcing product for the restaurant and could not attend the ceremony. 


“I am honored to welcome Mr. Teng and his talented staff to the Park Avenue neighborhood,” said Commissioner Carballada. “He has a proven track record in the Rochester restaurant scene, and his presence here will further cement Park Avenue’s reputation as one of the city’s most popular dining destinations.”        

Mr. Teng has owned a series of highly successful restaurants over the years and currently owns the Plum House on Monroe Avenue. In the Spring of 2013 Mr. Teng and his creative team traveled to New York City to collaborate with two veterans of the Food Network's Iron Chef America. While in New York, Mr. Teng rekindled his love of real ramen and started planning to open a casual noodle bar in Rochester. The search for a location led to Park Avenue near the corner of Berkley Street.  

"We wanted to create a neighborhood restaurant that offers modern Asian food with a kick,” said  Mr. Teng. “Our menu is based on simple Asian comfort food where the taste and quality stand for what we believe in.”        

The menu will feature pan-Asian comfort food with a focus on real ramen. The cuisine is free style and adaptive, blending traditional pan-Asian favorites with custom dishes. The signature dish, ramen, focuses on complex, flavorful, intensely fragrant broths with custom crafted noodles and traditional ingredients, including heritage meats, fresh vegetables and spices. The bar offers guests a wide array of new world wines and a wide selection of sake.         

The restaurants dining space was renovated, more than doubling the size of the bar, and adding large family booth seating that overlooks Park Avenue through large windows. Mr. Teng describes the ambiance as casual, comfortable and welcoming for a wide range of guests, from business people in suits to students, families and visitors to Rochester.   


News Media: for more information, contact Commissioner Carballada at 428-6883.