Japanese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    At Mira Sushi and Izakaya, Vegetarian Options Are Drawn From the Chef's Culture

    Mira Sushi and Izakaya's (46 West 22nd Street, 212-989-7889) ultra-modern interior is a reflection of its menu, an assortment of dishes that blends Chef Brian Tsao's Taiwanese and Korean background with Japanese cuisine. The food is a reflection of Chef Tsao's contemporary view on health-conscious f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Ootoya Greenwich Village Coming Soon

    Fans of home-style Japanese fare will soon be able to avoid the trek uptown to get a taste of Ootoya's (11th Street and University Place) expansive menu. The Japanese chain is slated to open its third Manhattan location at the beginning of next month.

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    September 22, 2014

    Checking in on Yonekichi's Perpetual Soft Opening

    Last month saw the soft-opening of Yonekichi (238A East 9th Street, 646-669-9785), the city's first storefront devoted to Japanese rice burgers, which use wads of shaped rice in place of buns. But after some lukewarm initial reactions, the shop closed for a few days to fine-tune its recipes, promisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Butterfish: Good Sushi Served in an Urban Ghost Town

    For this week's review, I checked in on David Bouhadana's groovy tunes and formidable knife skills at Sushi Dojo (110 First Avenue, 646-692-9398). The young, American-born chef's love for his craft is readily apparent in the fastidious way he treats his oceanic bounty, and the East Village spot succ ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 28, 2014
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    May 7, 2014


    Travel to Japan via Central Park

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    An Early Taste of Daruma-Ya, Now Open in Tribeca

    A few weeks ago, Laura Shunk paid a visit to soba master Shuichi Kotani to learn the secrets of the then-forthcoming soba at Daruma-Ya (428 Greenwich Street, 212-274-0428), which opened earlier this month in the former Greenwich Grill space above Sushi Azabu. The space is largely a holdover from Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Butterfish Set to Open and Offer Affordable Omakase to the Sony Pavilion

    A real estate conflict forced the closure of longtime Midtown spot Solo Restaurant last year, and now a sushi restaurant is stepping in to fill the void: Butterfish (550 Madison Avenue, 212-729-1819) will open its doors tomorrow, offering an affordable omakase option to Midtown East.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Learn to Make Japanese Noodles (and Many Other Things) at ICE

    We're always looking for more inspiration to make at least occasional use of our tiny New York kitchens (that is, beyond making our customary morning bowl of oatmeal or using the counter space to store our mail), so a couple of weeks ago, we dropped into a class at the Institute for Culinary Educati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Checking Out Otafuku 2.0

    Like a settlement-winning divorcee, Otafuku (220 East 9th Street, 212-353-8503), the city's premiere destination for down-and-dirty takoyaki, okonomiyaki and taiyaki, has gotten a facelift and moved into roomier digs. Gone is the worn wood-paneled interior, the sliver of a space that only held three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    What's Up With the Timing at Jewel Bako and Benkei?

    I don't know if I've been craving raw fish recently or if all of your joyless January juice cleanses are serving as a massive guilt trip, but I've found myself steadily plowing my way through sushi restaurants, stuffing my gullet with sea creatures and rice and washing it down with green tea. This i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Ivan Ramen: Learn to Make Real Slow-Cooked Ramen

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Yuji Ramen Becomes Permanent Mainstay at Whole Foods Bowery

    Hard to believe, but it's been only a year and a half since Yuji Hariguchi first launched Yuji Ramen (95 Houston Street, 212-420-1320) as a pop-up in Kinfolk Studios. The mazemen wizard experienced a meteoric rise, landing a stand at Smorgasburg that propelled him into an extended stint at the Bower ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Tabata's Ramen, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Ramen from Tabata (540 Ninth Avenue and 557 Eighth Avenue, 212-290-7691), $9-$10 Of all the upper echelon ramen spots in NYC, this one offers noodle soups at the best value.

  • Dining

    August 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Sushi Dojo's Chef David Bouhadana Does Sushi With a Convert's Zeal

    "I always say, I didn't find sushi, it found me," says chef David Bouhadana, who commands the counter at newly opened East Village sushi spot Sushi Dojo (110 First Avenue). He's a Jewish guy who was raised in Florida, he explains, but at 18, he fell into his first sushi job after one of the sushi ch ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Kenka is a Wild and Freaky Carnival Ride

    The East Village's Kenka is a wildly authentic izakaya that might be the most high-functioning example of a themed Japanese restaurant around, an edible amusement park of the fermented, fried, and freaky that gives its own special meaning to that old Gonzo adage, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Grading the New Sushi Bar at Lobster Place in Chelsea Market

    Lobster Place's uni (sea urchin) was breezy and briny, and got a grade of A-. As part of the current evolution of Chelsea Market, old tenants are grabbing more space and revamping their premises to provide more opportunities for the sale of prepared food. In this connection, seafood distributor an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Wylie Dufresne Opens Alder in East Village; Desnuda Opens in South Williamsburg

    Wylie Dufresne has caused quite a stir with the opening of Alder, his new restaurant on Second Avenue. The hotspot opened last Thursday and was the newest East Village restaurant to warrant waiting lines around the block. Dufresne told Flo Fab, "It's not meant to be a destination, like wd-50." Inste ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2013

    Stock Dividends at Suzume and Ganso

    Two new Brooklyn ramen joints break the mold

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    5 Ramens to Love, Plus Tribeca's Secret Ramen

    It's been over a year since Fork ranked the best bowls of ramen in New York, and plenty of new ramenyas have opened up in the city since then. In fact, we can hardly keep up with the ramen news, what with Yuji Haraguchi graduating from Smorgasburg, and Ivan Orkin working on opening a place on the Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Yuji Haraguchi Launching Dip-Style and Ramen 'Ravioli,' Plus Plans for a New Williamsburg Restaurant

    Since Smorgasburg partnered with Whole Foods, market vendors have been encouraged to use the chain's Bowery space to transition from stalls to full-time restaurants, like the stellar meat-smoking crew of Mighty Quinn's. Starting tomorrow, and going through Sunday, May 12, it's Yuji Haraguchi's turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Tokyo Restaurant Pioneers Vegetarian Sushi, See the Video

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 23, 2013

    Gimme Five at Chez Sardine

    Gabe Stulman adds another Village outpost

  • Dining

    December 12, 2012
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    December 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 16, 2012

    Why Not Udon?

    Inari Udon at Mai Sushi is Dish #31 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Sushi Costs More In New York Than Los Angeles Because, Well, Of Course It Does

    [See More Edible News: One In Five People Spend More Money On Cell Phones Than Food | New York City Health Board Passes Bloomberg's Soda Ban Proposal] It's called "sushinomics." New Yorkers are dishing out more for sushi than the people over in Los Angeles. The prices represent cost of living stand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    What's the Oldest Japanese Restaurant in the East Village?

    Dish #36 in our countdown is found on the menu of this long-running East Village restaurant. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: E-Sarn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Neta: This Week's Review in Pictures

    [See Robert Sietsema's photos of Tacos Cachanilla, his review this week.] This week's review is of Neta. Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau, formerly of Masa and Bar Masa, opened their low-key, West Village sushi bar earlier this year. Along with traditional, upscale sushi, Neta serves American-accented spicy ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 15, 2012

    Ootoya: Yo, Tokyo!

    A Japanese mega-chain invades our fair city

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    The Story of Futomaki

    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 >>

  • Film

    August 1, 2012
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    July 24, 2012

    Saba Pressed Sushi at Ootoya, Dish #85

    Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Lamb Barbacoa Taco at Empellón Taqueria, Dish #86 | Build Your Own Burger at Kent Ale House, Dish #88]

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    The Best Soba in NYC

    Canadian organic buckwheat soba, from SobaKoh There's no doubt the Age of Ramen is upon us. You can get ramen noodles on nearly any block in some neighborhoods, including at least a dozen places in the East Village alone, where you can pay up to $20 for a bowl with a choice of myriad toppings and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    15 East's $29 Three-Course Lunch

    The chawan mushi appetizer arrives with a black-truffle crag. When was the last time you were exposed to top-shelf sushi? Most of us measure out our lives in mediocre finger sushi and nori rolls, and only on rare occasions do we glimpse how perfect sushi can be. Not that the democratization of sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Dale Talde Talks About Asian-American Cuisine, Chefs He Admires Part 2

    Yesterday, we spoke to Chef Dale Talde about the plans for his new Park Slope restaurant, Pork Slope, and the new brunch he's launching at Talde. Today, we delve into his thoughts on the neighborhood where he's chosen to build his mini-empire, Asian-American food, and which kitchen tool he just can' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Maruko Sushi Opens, Selling Mad Cheap Nigiri

    Maruko Sushi, a take-out sushi shop on 23rd Street, opened its doors last week, selling individually wrapped pieces of nigiri and an assortment of bubble teas.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    How the 'Edo-Mae' Sushi Assortment at Hasaki Is Like a Brief Vacation to Tokyo

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    NYC's Hottest Ramen: Geki Kara at Tabata

    ​Geki Kara Ramen is $9 worth of molten chilies--plus noodles. Japanese cuisine has been playing footsie with chilies over the last five years or so, and it's the rare Japanese menu that doesn't boast a fiery dish or two. And today nearly all ramen parlors in the city (which must number nearl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Find Good Okonomiyaki?

    Niallkennedy/FlickrJapan's answer to flapjacks​Corinne M. asks: Hi, I'm looking for decent okonomiyaki that's not made in a stall or a cheapish restaurant (i.e., not the place on 9th Street, or Sunrise Mart). There used to be a restaurant near Grand Central that had this. I miss it. Know of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    The Early Word: Taka Taka

    Lauren ShockeyChipotle sauce adds a Mexican kick to a soft shell crab roll​ Mexican sushi and Japanese tacos: the ultimate in fusion food, right? That's the thinking at Taka Taka (330 West Broadway, 212-966-8252), a new Japanese-Mexican fusion spot located in Soho. We were a bit skeptical ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Dish No. 50: Sushi and Nigiri From the Lobster Place

    Rebecca Marx​ New York abounds with pre-packaged sushi, and a lot of it sucks. And that's one of the reasons we're grateful for the Lobster Place, where the pre-packaged sushi is so fresh and pristine it could pass muster in a good sit-down restaurant.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2011

    Dish No. 83: Tempura Green Bean Fries at Bento Burger

    Lauren ShockeyFreedom beans just doesn't have the same ring...​Green bean fries are kind of amazing. Like, are you trying to justify your consumption of fried fare by throwing a little greenery into the mix? Because, honestly, you might as well be eating potatoes. And the tempura green bean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Fancy New Wall Street Duane Reade Does Hair and Nails

    ​Tomorrow, Duane Reade will open a new location at 40 Wall Street, and to cater to the business types who are expected to shop there, the store will feature a hair salon, a nail bar, a pharmacy with a doctor on-hand, a sushi bar, a juice bar, and a stock ticker. At 22,000 square feet, the stor ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 22, 2011

    Brushstroke: The Feast From the East

    David Bouley looks to the land of the rising nigiri

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Ask the Critics: What Makes My Spicy Tuna Roll Spicy?

    flickr/Calgary ReviewsFind out what's in that sauce​Holly G. Asks: How do you make the spicy mayonnaise that comes in spicy tuna rolls? Is it just mayo and Sriracha? Can you find out what's in it? Dear Holly: While spicy tuna rolls aren't classic sushi offerings, there's no question that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Minamoto Kitchoan's Wonderful Wagashi

    Rebecca Marx​ This week, we've decided to stray far from the all-American cookies, cakes, and ice cream we so love and venture instead to Minamoto Kitchoan, one of the city's foremost purveyors of wagashi, or traditional Japanese pastry.

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    April 7, 2011

    Battle of the Upscale, Pre-Packaged Sushi: Dean & DeLuca v. the Lobster Place

    Rebecca MarxDean & Deluca's sushi and nigiri assortment.​ New York abounds with pre-packaged sushi, and a lot of it sucks. But while dry rice and fish of questionable origin and freshness are often the order of the day (particularly if you're stupid enough to buy your sushi at Duane Reade), w ... More >>

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