Tag Archives: Japanese

Sushi of Gari 46

27 Mar

Sushi of Gari 46

Rating: ★★★☆☆
347 W 46th St (btwn 8th Ave & 9th Ave), New York, NY 10036
Website
(215) 468-1546
Price: $$$$
Hours:
Mon 12 pm – 2:15 pm / 5 pm – 10:45 pm
Tue-Thu 12 pm – 2:15 pm / 5 pm – 11:15 pm
Fri 12 pm – 2:15 pm / 5:30 pm – 11:15 pm
Sat 5:30 pm – 11:15 pm
Sun 5 pm – 9:45 pm
Nearest Transit:
8th Ave-42nd St (A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, S, 7, N, Q, R, W)
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Sushi of Gari 46 is Chief Gari’s third sushi restaurant in New York City, his other two are located uptown on 78th St. bet 1st and York Ave (headquarters) and Columbus Ave bet 77th and 78th St. Sushi of Gari is not a traditional Japanese sushi house, they pair fresh fish in a very creative way. I recommend the omakase ($100 – depending on how many rounds), where Executive Sushi Chef Aoki delivers the freshest fish with a truly unique combination of condiments and ingredients (stewed tomatoes, sauces, chopped truffles). They also have cheaper options such as sushi and sashimi patters that range from $25-48 depending on quantity. The fish here is incredibly fresh and just melted in your mouth. I would also suggest sitting at the bar, if possible. I’ve been here twice and you don’t get the same felling from siting at a table.

Sushi of Gari 46
Our Amuse Bouche

Sushi of Gari 46
Clear Clam Soup

Sushi of Gari 46

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UCC Cafessa

8 Mar

This venue is closed.

UCC Cafessa

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
595 River Road (in the Mitsuwa Marketplace), Edgewater, NJ 07020
Website
(201) 941-9113
Price: $$

UCC Cafessa is part of the of the UCC Coffee family of coffee shop concepts. They are renowned in Asia for their premium, siphoned coffees and delicious Euro-Japanese fusion food. They don’t have many locations in the States, but I happen to run across one while shopping at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in New Jersey. It’s located towards the main entrance on the far left. There are shuttle bus available from New York City at a fee.

Although they’re a renowned coffee shop, it’s the food that made we want to try this place. Like many Japanese cafes, UCC Cafessa has plastic replicas of their dishes for customers to preview prior to purchase. When I came across this place, I still haven’t had breakfast yet so the green pan cake seem like the ideal dish to try. From the plastic replica, the pancake looked soft and fluffy and not overly sweet. The actual pancake was nothing like the plastic replica (see pic below). It was hard and dense, the red bean topping was way too sweet, and size was nearly half the replica. Their coffee might be good, but don’t come here for the pancakes!

UCC Cafessa

Basta Pasta

6 Mar

Basta Pasta

Rating: ★★★★★
37 W 17th St (btwn 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas), New York, NY 10011
Website
(212) 366-0888
Price: $$$
Nearest Transit:
14 St (F, M)
6 Av (L)
18 St (1, 2)
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Basta Pasta is simply the best Japanese inspired Italian Pasta you can find in the tri-state area. This place is always packed, so do remember to make reservations in advance. Their decor is spectacular, they sport a open kitchen with a bar for socializing and a dinning room that is both warm and cozy. Their waiting staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and willing and able to recommend dishes based on your preference.

Five dish that you should try (at least once):

  • Seared Scallops
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Farfalle con Salmone e Crema (bow-tie pasta with salmon)
  • Linguine al Ricci di Mare (linguine with fresh sea urchin)
  • Spaghetti con Prosciutto e Parmigiano (Spaghetti with Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma prosciutto, served in half a wheel of Parmesan cheese at table)

Basta Pasta

Basta Pasta

Basta Pasta

Basta Pasta

Italian Tomato

5 Mar

Italian Tomato

Rating: ★★★★☆
595 River Road (in the Mitsuwa Marketplace), Edgewater, NJ 07020
Website
(201) 941-9113
Price: $
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Italian Tomato is a Japanese Italian restaurant and bakery chain. You wont find many of them in the States, but if you happen to come across one you’re in for a treat. They serve Japanese influenced Italian pasta, and gourmet Japanese buns and pastries.

You can find a Italian Tomato in the food court section of the Mitsuwa Marketplace, which is located in Edgewater, NJ. There are Shuttle Bus Available from New York City. Italian Tomato have daily specials that include a pasta, small salad, a bun, and a drink for only $6.25. I highly recommend their clam pasta, fruit tart and green tea cake.

Italian Tomato

Italian Tomato
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Katsu-Hama

3 Mar

Katsu-Hama

Rating: ★★★★★
11 E 47th St (btw 5th & Madison Ave), New York, NY 10017
Website
(212) 758-5909
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 3 pm
Mon-Thu 5 pm – 10:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sat-Sun 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Nearest Transit:
47 – 50 Sts – Rockefeller Ctr (B, D, F, M)
Grand Central – 42 St (S)
5 Av/53 St (E, M)
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Katsuhama is a tonkatsu (Japanese pork cutlets) specialty restaurant. They offer tonkatsu under two categories, tenderloin which is lean with no fat and pork loin which is fatty. The restaurant is located behind a bento box/sushi store, so you will have to pass two doors to find your way into the restaurant.

I came here with my girlfriend for a weekend lunch and found the tonkatsu to be among the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot). I ordered the pork loin curry set and my girlfriend had the lady set (tenderloin katsu, croquette, deep fried prawn, kushi-age, salad,kobachi, rice and dessert). The breading on the tonkatsu was just right and the meat was very juice. The Curry had good texture and a good mixture of mushrooms. I highly recommend the pork loin curry. The lady set however, was not all that impressive. If you care for dessert, I recommend the caramel pumpkin pie.

Katsu-Hama

Katsu-Hama

Katsu-Hama
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Washoku Tei

13 Sep
Rating: ★★★☆☆
1007 2nd Ave (btwn 53rd & 54th St), New York, NY 10022
(212) 223-8303
Price: $$
Nearest Transit:
Lexington Av/53 St (E, M)
51 St (4, 6, 6X)
59 St (4, 5, 6, 6X)
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$10-13USD gets you stuffed. Decent Sushi at a great value.

This place offers platters that come at a good value. The platter I had was very basic (shrimp, salmon, egg, fluke, etc.). Not comparable to high-end sushi, but it’s definitely one of the better takeout places for raw fish.

Ippudo NY

13 Sep

Ippudo

Rating: ★★★☆☆
65 4th Ave (btwn 8th & 9th St), New York, NY 10003
ny@ippudo.co.jp
Website
(212) 388-0088
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 3:30 pm
Mon-Thu 5 pm – 11:30 pm
Fri-Sat 5 pm – 12:30 am
Sun 11 am – 10:30 pm
Nearest Transit:
Astor Place (6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)
1st Ave-14th St (L)
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I’m not a huge fan of ramen but, this place Rocks.

We came for dinner at 7 on a Friday night and had to wait about 45 mins. Not sure if it’s worth the wait (they don’t take reservations). The Shiomaru Moto Sji is simply the best bowl of ramen I have ever had. If you’re still starving after one bowl, which most are, you can add a kae-dama (another ball of noodles). Now if you are longing for more after a second round, they also allow you to add a third ball of noddles, in which case they will also provide you with extra soup for free (but I would’t do this too often).

The Matcha Brulee (green tea pudding) is a good ending to your meal. Stay away from the fruit in champagne.

Ippudo

Ippudo

Itoen Japanese Green Tea

18 Jul

Itoen Japanese Green Tea

The first time I tried Itoen Green Tea was when I was in Japan and I fell in love with this drink. Not only is it healthy, but it taste amazing. It’s unsweetened, has no Calories, no added flavors or coloring, and is packed with vitamin C. It’s brewed using first flush green tea leaves and serves as a good source of catechins, and natural green tea antioxidants. It cost about $2 for a 16 oz or $5 for a 64 oz bottle bottle at your local Asian market or convenient store.