Category Archives: JAPANESE

Ichiran, East Williamsburg/Bushwick, NYC

Ichiran, East Williamsburg/Bushwick, NYC

Ever feel like you want to enjoy a bowl of Ramen in total solitude?

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Kosaka, West Village, NYC

Kosaka, West Village, NYC

Michelin starred chef Yoshihiko Kousaka of Jewel Bako fame now owns Kosaka in the West Village.

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Haru Sushi, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Haru Sushi, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Haru, the chic New York City based sushi chain has just opened up its newest location in Hell’s Kitchen.

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ROKI Le Izakaya, Flatiron, NYC

ROKI Le Izakaya, Flatiron, NYC

There’s a new Japanese Brasserie in town that is definitely worth a visit. ROKI Le Izakaya is Chef Koji Hagihara’s new venture, branching out from over 8 years of experience of being at Hataka Tonton (one of NYC’s Japanese sweet spots).

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Natsumi Tapas, Gramercy, NYC

Natsumi Tapas, Gramercy, NYC

The brand new Natsumi Tapas brings together a perfect fusion of Japanese and Italian flavors on what can only be described as art on a plate.

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Ramen Zundo Ya, East Village, NYC

Ramen Zundo Ya, East Village, NYC

 

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Raku, East Village,NYC

Raku, East Village,NYC

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Raku Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Raku
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Soba-Ya, East Village, NYC

Soba-Ya, East Village, NYC

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Soba-Ya
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Mu Ramen, LIC, NYC

Mu Ramen, LIC, NYC

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Mu Ramen
Mu Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Mr. Taka, LES, NYC

Mr. Taka, LES, NYC

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Mr. Taka Ramen
 
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Sushi Seki Bar & Oysters, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Sushi Seki Bar & Oysters, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

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Sushi Seki Bar & Oysters

Sushi Seki Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Soba Totto, Midtown East, NYC

Soba Totto, Midtown East, NYC

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Soba Totto

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Kokage, Midtown East, NYC

Kokage, Midtown East, NYC

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Kokage by Kajitsu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Sushi Dojo, East Village, NYC

Sushi Dojo, East Village, NYC

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Sushi Dojo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sushi Dojo

 

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Sushi Azabu/ Daruma – Ya, Tribeca, NYC

Sushi Azabu/ Daruma – Ya, Tribeca, NYC

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Yonekichi, East Village, NYC

Yonekichi, East Village, NYC

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Yonekichi

 

Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

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Meijin Ramen, Upper East Side, NYC

Meijin Ramen, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆½  

Service: ☆☆☆½  

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

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Sasabune Express, Midtown East, NYC

Sasabune Express, Midtown East, NYC

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Sasabune Express

 

Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Sushi and Sashimi combinations

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Cha- An, East Village, NYC

Cha- An, East Village, NYC

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Cha-An
 

Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Afternoon Tea Sets

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My rant review of Sushi Nakazawa (2nd time around), West Village, NYC

My rant review of Sushi Nakazawa (2nd time around), West Village, NYC

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Sushi Nakazawa
Food: ☆☆½  

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$$

 

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The Ramen Lab, Nolita, NYC

The Ramen Lab, Nolita, NYC

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Ramen Lab

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side, NYC

Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance:☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Spicy Red Chili Ramen, Lancaster Okonomiyaki

 

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Fushimi, Williamsburg, NYC

Fushimi, Williamsburg, NYC

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Bohemian, Greenwich Village, NYC

Bohemian, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$ 

Must try:The Bohemian Tasting

 

Ever done the secret dining circuit in New York? If not then Bohemian is a great place to start.

There is such a thrill in going to that clandestine, unmarked restaurant with no published phone number that is hidden away behind a Japanese butchers store. I was expecting a super snobby, exclusive chic kind of atmosphere but what lies behind Bohemian’s doors totally disarms all of that.

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Once you are buzzed in, the entire mystique melts away and what you are left with is a really inviting space, which feels more like being in someone’s living room. Here you are served rather remarkable fare by the nicest of people. Trust the Japanese to create the ultimate speakeasy!

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At Bohemian, chef Kiyo Shinoki prepares Japanese inspired creative plates that are artful both in composition and presentation. Each dish is thoughtfully created blending Japanese cooking techniques to maximize flavors.

The Bohemian Tasting for $55 (6 courses) is a very reasonable offering which allows you to sample an array of different tastes. There also is a full bar with an assortment of Asian inspired cocktails.

Bohemian has a very a stringent reservation policy which is by phone only. They also ask for a referral when you call in.

Bohemian respectfully requests that their “secret phone number” not be published anywhere however if you visit their website at (www.playearth.jp) and write a a self-introduction to them and you might just find your way in.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Farmer’s Fresh Vegetables Fondue

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Washu-Beef Short Rib Sashimi

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Uni Croquette

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Pan Roasted Branzini

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Washu-Beef Mini Burger

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House Caviar Rice Bowl

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Foie Gras Soba

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Honey Lemon Pannacotta

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Restaurant Information

 

* Restaurant Name
Bohemian
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / Japanese / Steak
* Street Address
57 Great Jones St. (bet. Bowery & Lafayette St.), New York, NY 10012
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The Nipponista Event at Maison O hosted by Isetan, Soho, NYC

The Nipponista Event at Maison O hosted by Isetan, Soho, NYC

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Last night I was invited by Tabélog to attend ‘Nipponista‘, an event hosted by Isetan, the largest department store in Japan. Nipponista is part of a Japanese project called ‘Cool Japan’ and was created to transmit Japanese fashion, art and food information throughout the world.

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