How is it possible that in 2012 not one single Japanese-style coffee shop (Kissaten) operated in the most international city in the world? After all, we have some of the best sushi restaurants, there are over one hundred restaurants serving ramen, sake bars can be found in several neighborhoods, and ... More >>
New Yorkers curious about Japanese dining culture have a new place to experience it in Maid Café NY (150 Centre Street, 775-386-2692), which aims to bring a dose of the Japanese kawaii scene to Chinatown. A bit further uptown, Bohemian (57 Great Jones Street) is a bar and restaurant reminiscent of ... More >>
Two-week-old Shalom Japan's concept sounds like the set-up to a bad joke (so a Japanese and Jewish person walk into a bar...). Per the restaurant's website, it's serving "authentically inauthentic Japanese and Jewish food in South Williamsburg from chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi," which makes ... More >>
We say goodbye to July today, and we can't think of a better reason to skip out of the office a little early and head out for a cheap drink. Here are a few places that will be offering up deals on food and drinks, easing your transition into August.
The signature katsu curry, without further toppings, will be 55 cents this Thursday. Japanese curry is a strange entity, so remote from Indian curries (themselves a sort of convenient fiction), that a resident of Bombay would be unlikely to identify a Japanese curry as such. Yet, it's one of the m ... More >>
GUTAI GETS A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE
Mmmm, that looks like really fresh uni (sea urchin) A hot new Tokyo restaurant in the Rappongi Hills section turns the sushi and sashimi traditions on their heads by offering an all-vegetarian menu. This is not just a collection of cucumber and pickled-daikon rolls, either, but beautifully turned ... More >>
The Japanese breakfast is a wild farrago of taste and textures, but where to start? If you're tired of brunching on the usual eggs benedict, french toast with fruit, or basket of muffins, consider the traditional Japanese breakfast at Panya Bakery on Stuyvesant Street in the middle of the East Vil ... More >>
I learned this from a flight attendant for a major international airline. He said that, based on seniority, flight attendants are given the chance to request where they'll fly to every month and whether they'll do coach, business, or first class. He said Rio, Sao Paolo, and Tokyo are considered th ... More >>
Bang for your buckwheat
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Tokyo's cat cafés sound brilliant, in theory. A bunch of little coffee shops where you can sip a green tea latte and pay to play with the in-house cats. But Gideon Lewis-Kraus investigates further for Wired and finds that cat cafés aren't always warm and fuzzy.
Paying tribute to Godzilla
The futomaki at Ootoya comes disguised like a birthday present. [See More Featured: 10 Best Incredibly Cheap Eats in New York | 10 Best Ice Creams in NYC] Futomaki is a type of sushi that looks like a regular maki roll blown up with a bicycle pump, but still retaining its perfect cylindrical conf ... More >>
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While New York City has only two Donut Plant locations, including the original on Grand Street, Tokyo can boast 14 locations, with the New York origin loudly proclaimed, and a pastry menu similar to the original. The Tokyo versions often provide outdoor and indoor seating, something lacking in our G ... More >>
Forget Mother's Day; or Memorial Day; or Zuckerberg Weekend (what May 18th-20th should be called from now on); or any other important May event. Tonight is the annual solar eclipse and this one, as many astronomists are predicting, could be a rare spectacle to see. At one point this evening, 80 per ... More >>
Received 12:02am (our time), bowl of noodles at Ippudo in Tokyo. Red bowl! (photo: Tracy Van Dyk) For comparative purposes:
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What comes in a wooden box and is supremely delectable? Run your eye down the extensive sushi menu at Hasaki, and you'll find many interesting oddities and combinations. At the end of the omakase list, for example, is a $45 combo called Edo-mae Sushi.
Toss a penny in the dish, and the dog laps it up. Today's present in our Christmas gift countdown comes from Japan, but you can find it at computer gadget store AC Gears, where you can get other foodie gifts, too, like thumb drives in the shape of chicken wings and sushi.
At least 400,000 cans of baby formula on sale in Japan contain radioactive cesium, but the island nation's government says that the contamination isn't dangerous, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Where's Harrison Ford when you need him?
Pizzas in space.While Domino's is busy killing the word "artisan" in America, over in Japan the fast-food chain has its sights set on space. The L.A. Times blog notices that the company has launched a website outlining its "Moon Branch Project." Is it a hoax marking the pizza chain's 25th ann ... More >>
This is the thick dipping sauce for your noodles, served hot. If you're up to your ears in ramen, consider switching to soba, the most traditional noodles of Japan. These noodles are made of buckwheat, a plant not related to wheat, and classified as neither a grain nor a grass. The wild pla ... More >>
Saki Kumagai focuses before her winning penalty kick.To me, the U.S. women's soccer team's bid for the World Cup was more inspiring than the 1980 men's Olympic hockey team's victory (you know, the "Miracle on Ice"). I think that what they were doing — giving us all something to cheer about ... More >>
Alas, the U.S. lost in Sunday's Women's World Cup final, ceding the first place spot to Japan, but worldwide there were other competitions -- on different fields -- afoot. As we watched the final moments with bated breath, people were tweeting about them like crazy around the world, surpassin ... More >>
Competitive eating contests get some riled up given that many live in a time of food insecurity, but they can also be sources of camaraderie and good eating. Whatever your opinions on timed gluttony may be, Japanese restaurant Go! Go! Curry is hosting its third annual curry eating contest t ... More >>
I can't stand Chicken Little types who always think the planet is coming to an a tragic end. To me, their whining only adds to the general unpleasantness and their hot air can be detrimental to foliage. But after taking a look at today's headlines, I'm convinced not only that the sky is fa ... More >>
Though Richard Blaise is busy parlaying his Top Chef victory into a stint shilling for the National Pork Board, some of his fellow reality show survivors are lending their names and food to a more philanthropic endeavor.
viaHappy news for adorable animals in trouble! A dog caught in Japan's tsunami and believed to have been at sea for three weeks has been rescued by the Japanese coast guard. The dog managed to cling to the roof of a washed-away house, apparently, and had been adrift since March 11. He was "em ... More >>
Two benefits for Japan draw marquee names
Previously, we've covered the Red Cross's efforts to help Japan, and answered the question of "What Is the Red Cross Doing With Your Donations to Japan?" Today the American Red Cross announced that the total amounted donated to Japan for relief following the earthquake and tsunami has reached ... More >>
"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture," said early American-adopter and purveyor of Japan's Harajuku girl style, Gwen Stefani. "The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anythin ... More >>
• Soil tested 25 miles from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Monday had radiation at "430 times normal levels" as reported by Japan's Science Ministry. Tokyo Electric's executive VP has visited evacuees in the area to apologize for the situation. In addition, it seems that multipl ... More >>
In October 2008, the Voice profiled Klaus Jacob, Columbia University's expert on urban environmental disasters. In that story, we examined how the Ivy League school had ignored warnings by its own expert about expanding into areas subject to flooding because of climate change. Today we talke ... More >>
Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's in December. Photo by Liz Clayton.We'd heard rumors of this last week, and yesterday, the band made it official--Hoboken humanitarians and all around good humans Yo La Tengo will be playing a hastily organized benefit for Japan this Wednesday at Maxwell's. Tickets are ... More >>
Before you freak out over the words "radioactive plume" hitting Southern California, know that any radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan will be diluted and, via the New York Times, "at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of ... More >>
There are fewer words scarier than "nuclear meltdown" and, of course, "radiation." So it's not surprising that Americans are concerned, particularly on the West Coast, where low, reportedly "not dangerous" levels of radiation are now headed, about possible fallout from the nuclear crisis at J ... More >>
viaYesterday we posted an image of a cat in Japan that seemed to be just hanging on with the most heart-wrenching of expressions above what we, given the timing, interpreted as tsunami water. We would like to correct ourselves. It turns out that the photo, which had been reblogged by WNYC's T ... More >>
Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., 100 percent of proceeds at Mehtaphor will go to the Japanese Red Cross to benefit disaster efforts in Japan. But even if you can't make it to the restaurant, there are other places where you can put your appetites to more philanthropic use.
viaWe always love to say that "tragedy brings out the best in people." Unfortunately, that's not always the case. As we documented earlier, people flocked to Twitter and Facebook in droves to celebrate the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which have been responsible for thousands u ... More >>
Earlier today we were asked some questions about how organizations like the Red Cross are dealing with donations received for Japan. Specifically, how long do those text donations take to reach aid organizations? Are donations even reaching Japan, and will they? Gizmodo addressed the question ... More >>