Japanese Food and Cooking

  • Dining

    March 9, 2011

    Cocoron--On the LES in Noodle York City

    Prepare to slurp some soba on Delancey Street

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Nine Things You Probably Wouldn't Want to Eat At Guy Fieri's Restaurant Tex Wasabi's​We're sick of Guy Fieri (real name: Guy Ramsay Ferry). The television personality manufactured on the second season of "The Next Food Network Star" might double as a Barnum & Bailey clown. Yet he is now one of the country's most recognizable celebrity chefs. If you want to see how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    The Early Word: Yuba

    Lauren Shockey​Yuba is the Japanese word for tofu skin, which is the thin layer of film that occurs when making tofu as the curding vat of soymilk cools down. While working at Masa, chefs George Ruan and Jack Wei fell in love with the yuba that was flown in daily from Japan, and so they named ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Where Should I Take My 14-Year-Old Daughter to Eat Sushi?

    ​The sushi at Natori is pristine in its freshness, and cheap, too. Abby S. asks: I'm hoping you can help me. I'm taking my niece out for a birthday lunch Friday; she's turning 14 and requested sushi. I need a place that's nice but not overwhelmingly so (she's a fairly sophisticated eater, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Get a Japanese Breakfast?

    haveyouhadyourricetoday.blogspot.comBreakfast of champions​ Mo P. asks: My girlfriend is craving Japanese breakfast--the rice/miso soup/pickles/mackerel spread we had every morning in Japan a few years ago. Where can I take her for Japanese breakfast in or around NYC? I know a few high-end hot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Ichibantei vs. Otafuku: Which Restaurant has Better Octopus Balls?

    Takoyaki at Ichibantei​ Otafuku has long been New York's go-to spot for takoyaki, the delicious gooey dough balls filled with chopped octopus, but the mini-eatery is getting a run for its money from its East Village neighbor, the recently opened "Japanese soul food" restaurant Ichibantei (401 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Robe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Mai Cusine Brings To-Go Sushi, Curry Mackerel, Et Cetera, To Midtown

    ​Mai Cuisine recently opened near Bryant Park--it's a combination Japanese "deli" and sit-down restaurant, headed by a chef who trained with Morimoto. The capacious front carry-out area offers everything from deluxe sushi packs, to bento boxes, to onigiri, tempura, and "sushi cups." The full-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    The Atlantic Grill's Mike Lim on the Best Sushi Fish You've Never Heard Of and Growing up in Malaysia

    Mike Lim is behind the sushi bar at the Atlantic Grill ​The Atlantic Grill (1341 3rd Avenue, 212-988-9200) opened exactly a week ago, with chef Chris Lim heading the kitchen and chef Mike Lim (no relation) in charge at the sushi bar. Mike Lim has more than 20 years of sushi experience under h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    The Atlantic Grill's Mike Lim on his Favorite NYC Malaysian, the Best Piece of Sushi He's Eaten, and Odd Customer Requests

    Mike Lim is behind the sushi bar at the Atlantic Grill ​The Atlantic Grill (1341 3rd Avenue, 212-988-9200) opened exactly a week ago, with chef Chris Lim heading the kitchen and chef Mike Lim (no relation) in charge at the sushi bar. Malaysia-born Mike Lim has more than 20 years of sushi expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Hidechan Ramen: Choose Your Own Pork Fat and Noodle Texture

    Firm noodles, "light" pork fat​New ramen joint Hide-Chan perches on the same second-floor space that Yakitori Torys occupied until recently, and is owned by the same restaurant group. Like Ippudo, it specializes in Hakata-style tonkotsu, the rich broth made from long-simmered pork bones, and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Morimoto Gets on the Picnic Lunch Bandwagon

    Get yor sushi to go.​Following in the footsteps of North Square, Telepan, and Coffee Shop, Morimoto has introduced picnic lunches, particularly targeting High Line goers. The picnic lunches include miso soup, mixed greens with white miso dressing, and bottled water with the choice of a Califor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Tiny Totto Ramen Already Packed

    ​Totto Ramen, the new Midtown noodle joint from the folks behind Yakitori Totto and Soba Totto, has just 16 seats, every one of them taken last night, when there was a 30-minute wait for two. The restaurant opened last week, so its sides and rice dishes are not yet available, but the ramen is ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 30, 2010

    At Hibino, Start the Presses!

    Hako sushi and obanzai are the story in Cobble Hill

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Duane Reade's Sushi: We Tried it so You Don't Have to

    How many things are wrong with this picture?​ Last October, Duane Reade rolled out its very own line of generic food products. Labeled with such au courant buzz words as "vegan," "gluten-free," and "all natural" and wrapped in discreet black and white packaging, they signaled the drugstore cha ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 26, 2010

    Katsuhama 55's Master Cutlets

    A Midtown spot pounds out the pork while you pound down the sake

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Koreatown's Izakaya Moku: An Early Look

    Haemul dukbokki: Rice cakes, udon noodles and seafood in spicy sauce​ Izakaya Moku, a Japanese pub that opened in Koreatown in December, fulfills its mandate as a drinking-and-eating establishment, offering a slew of dishes that taste better the more sake you drink. Most taste pretty good no m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Matsukado: An Early Look at the East Village's Newest Japanese Spot

    Fried baby octopus​ Japanese izakayas often offer many dishes in different categories--noodles, fried stuff, cold dishes, grilled meats, rice porridge, and sometimes sashimi. But executing a long menu well is hard, and Matsukado, the new Japanese noodle and small plates place on Second Avenue, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    The Demise of Whole Food's Conveyor Belt Sushi?

    EaterWhole Food's Sushiya, conveyor belt sushi​While out and about last weekend, we heard some interesting information about the Whole Foods on the Bowery.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Kubo-chan Ramen: New Ramen Pops Up Inside Murray Hill's Moco

    Hideki KatoKubo and his ramen​Some people quit their corporate jobs to pursue their restaurant dreams, but Hiroshi Kubo is a Japanese businessman who decided to keep his "salaryman" day job, while making his ramen at night, sharing space at Moco Global Dining, a Japanese-fusion restaurant in M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Scenes from Sushi Uo's Omakase: Creations of a 23-Year-Old American Sushi Chef

    ​ When you sit down at the sushi bar at Sushi Uo, a new Japanese restaurant on the Lower East Side, the first thing you might notice is that the head sushi chef isn't Japanese; he's an American named David Bouhadana. The second thing you notice is how young he looks--because he's 23. Ascending ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    How Do You Spell G-U-T-B-O-M-B? Okonomiyaki at May Chan

    ​ 3-D art or food? The okonomiyaki at May Chan Ramen and Robatayaki. (Click to examine more closely). A couple of months ago, May Chan Ramen and Robatayaki dropped like a piece of fruit from a tree into the dead center of the East Village. The conjoining of a ramen place and a robatayaki (Jap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    The Early Word: May Chan Ramen

    Beef chahan and miso ramen lunch special​ The best thing there is to say about May Chan Ramen (119 Second Avenue), the ramen and yakitori joint that took over the storefront vacated by Love Saves the Day, is that the lunch special is a pretty good deal. You get a half-portion of ramen along w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    The Education of a Foodie

    ​ The Wooden Sushi Slicing Playset indoctrinates your three-year-old into the Cult of Sushi, but also teaches her knife skills, which could prove useful if other foodie children try to steal her lunchtime panino. For those foodie parents who want the ultimate gift for their own toddler or the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC: Souen Noodle

    chopsticksny​ If "vegetarian" is the last adjective you would want appended to the word "ramen," then "macrobiotic" must be the second-to-last. Organic and macrobiotic Japanese restaurant Souen, with locations in Soho and Union Square, opened a ramen shop this past spring in the East Village. ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 6, 2009

    ZuZu Ramen Leads the Noodle Charge East

    The ramen explosion crosses the river

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Cookbook Tester: Takashi's Noodles

    Wakame Soba (the photos in the book are much prettier than mine)Takashi's Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi is a new cookbook from 10 Speed Press containing Yagihashi's exacting and precise recipes for Japanese noodles. The chapters are broken up by noodle type: ramen, soba, udon, somen, Asian noodles (l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Cold Weather, Warm Noodles

    Does the debate over the authenticiy of ramen, and the finer points of the ramen philosophy, leave you cold, or even strike you as a bit twee? Are you tired of waiting in line to pay $20 for a bowl of noodles? Can you actually say you give a shit if a pig foot, in the southern Japanese sty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Worth Every Penny: Soba-Ya's Lunch Box

    To expand on yesterday's post critiquing Frank Bruni's article in the Times, "Great Meals for Two, Under $100 (It's Possible), I'm rolling out a new featurette: Worth Every Penny. Worth Every Penny could be a truly great $5 hot dog with fixings, or a sublime $20 bouillabaisse full of crustaceans, or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    The Early Word: Kambi Ramen House

    Kimchi Miso Ramen from KambiIs there really the need for another ramen joint in the East Village? When I'm hit with a ramen crazing, I usually end up at Ippudo. The Japanese-import restaurant makes its own unearthy, gossamer noodles, and the deeply flavored broth is made from long simmered pork bone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    Best Markets: M2M

    A great assortment of Japanese and Korean prepared foods in the East Village.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008
  • Dining

    July 29, 2008

    Egg-Salad Sushi at Sakae Sushi

    New chain meddles with our expectations for Japanese cuisine

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2008
  • Dining

    July 23, 2008

    Matsugen: When Good Noodles Go Vong

    Expense-account soba in Tribeca

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Best Markets: Sunrise Mart

    Bento boxes and enough uni to go around.

  • Dining

    April 8, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    "Sleeping with the Fishes"

    I was looking through the list of events for Brooklyn's Cherry Blossom Festival (May 3-4), when I came across an event called "Sleeping with the Fishes," a sushi pillow photo op. So yes, it turns out that not only will there be a photo op with sushi pillows, but also this photo op with sushi pil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007
  • Dining

    November 13, 2007

    A Shrine to Pig Feet Opens in the West Village

    Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture arrives with its odd obsession

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007
  • Dining

    September 11, 2007

    The Frying Game

    Extending the deep-fat frontiers on Carmine Street

  • Dining

    June 12, 2007

    Georgia on My Mind

    Gotham continues to suck the best sushi chefs from the rest of the country

  • Books

    May 22, 2007

    Roll, Sushi, Roll!

    Sasha Issenberg serves up the raw facts on the global economy of a favorite meal

  • Dining

    April 24, 2007

    Tonguing the Devil

    East Village Japanese offers unusual home-style delicacies

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007
  • NYC Life

    March 13, 2007

    Bait and See

    Two New York cartoon fans seek a raw deal

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2007
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    October 17, 2006
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