Dish no. 76: Ankimo dirty rice from Ivan Ramen (25 Clinton Street, 646-678-3859)
Last night at Angel's Share, Manubu Ohtake of Tokyo's Palace Hotel Royal Bar spoke of how Japanese bartenders place a premium on offering quiet comfort over entertainment. Be that as it may, the crowds at this weekend's Manhattan Cocktail Classic have grown clamorous for Japanese spirits since Thurs ... 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.
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 >>
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.
A Japanese mega-chain invades our fair city
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 >>
Received 12:02am (our time), bowl of noodles at Ippudo in Tokyo. Red bowl! (photo: Tracy Van Dyk) For comparative purposes:
A Japanese village rebuilds with help from Chim↑Pom
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.
Where's Harrison Ford when you need him?
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 Japan's ... More >>
Mmmm, this bowl of Ippudo ramen from the Ebisu location in Tokyo looks like the one called Shiromaru Hakata Classic here. Fork in the Road Beijing correspondent Lillian Chou recently traveled to Tokyo, where she met another friend of ours, musician Carl Stone, and the two of them went ramen ... More >>
Get backed into a corner with someone sweet.
"Yes, it's really gonna happen." Pics by Rob, more below.Urge Overkill Mercury Lounge Monday, October 4 Better Than: Most other 15-year reunions Of all the song titles shouted at the stage this evening, no one offers "Sister Havana" or "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," and nobody plays them. ... More >>
Last month, it came to the attention of the Japanese government that many of the hundredsomething oldsters they thought they'd kept around to jazz the place up actually may have died or, at the very least, "gone missing," in the most euphemistic way possible.
Celebrate Tokyos fashion with a show and party
Time to lighten the mood a little, folks, with another brand of terror: The kind you put on feet-first and wriggle over your thighs and then up to your waist, where their ill-conceived elastic pants-holder-up mechanism digs brutally into your belly-parts, indenting your sensitive flesh with r ... More >>
Hidetsugu Ueno is one cool dude.Master bartender Hidetsugu Ueno traveled all the way from Tokyo to attend Eben Freeman's Cocktail All-Stars events this week. Known for his hard shake, artful ice-carving skills, and the pinpoint precision with which he mixes drinks at his Tokyo cocktail den, B ... More >>
Four Seasons Restaurant co-owner Alex Von Bidder is insisting that Jean Mackenzie, who owns the Four Seasons Caterer in Southampton, change the name of her business so as not to suggest any connection to the restaurant. [NY Daily News] Costco has announced that it is no longer carrying Coca- ... More >>
Just months after Pepsi launched its new flavor, Shiso, in Japan, Tokyo Mango notes that the company is introducing Azuki or red bean to the Japanese market. Shrewd... still, it's no mini Coke.
adactio/flickr Have you ever eaten something you regretted? No, not something like the dirty Double Down sandwich at KFC. More along the lines of baby panda or even Chilean sea bass. The Atlantic has an interesting piece by David Nakamura, who accidentally ate whale meat while in Tokyo. And ... More >>
The Japanese fetish for unnaturally shaped watermelons shows no sign of abating. Following reports of square, heart-shaped, and even testicle-shaped watermelons being all the rage among foodists in Japan, a pyramid-shaped watermelon craze has overtaken the city of Fukoka, where a 10-inch watermelo ... More >>
Japan Society takes you to Tokyo
SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.
You heard it here first: J-Quirk (!) dominates this year's fest
Our old friend, free (if not big) in Japan
Spray-can doc keeps it one-sided
Japans Boris test your hearing
A detective noir amid the ruins of postwar Tokyo
Japanese photographer's retrospective reveals an artist reborn in the wake of destruction
Complicité renders Murakami's Tokyo in surreally bright strokes
Haruki Murakami vs. the End of the World