102 Suffolk St
(Between Delancey and Rivington)
Lower East Side, NY
Open: mon, tue, thu, fri 12pm – 10pm sat 5pm – 10pm
Closed wed & sundays
I checked out the BaoHaus in the Lower East Side a few weeks ago. As the joke goes (in more ways than one), BaoHaus was more of a snack than a meal. I ended up going to Soy Japanese a few blocks away for dinner. Soy features Japanese comfort food (no sushi) such as rice bowl dishes, soups, salads, and curry. Not sure if it’s the proximity of the open kitchen in the restaurant or the homey decor that makes you really feel like you’re sitting down at a friend’s place enjoying some home cooked meals. Soy kind of reminds me of Supercore out in Williamsburg minus the hipsters with their Macbook Airs.
The dish you must try is their avocado spicy tuna rice bowl dish. Although they don’t serve sushi here, with this dish you get all the ingredients of a spicy tuna roll in a huge bowl. Amazing! For dessert, check out the green tea cheesecake was pretty good too. Enjoy!
Ok I love dumplings. I’ve blogged about various places to eat dumplings (jiaozi) in China as well as here in NY, and of course recipes on how to make homemade dumplings. Who doesn’t like dumplings? Well, if you are in NY on Sat Sept 25th, be sure to check out the 2nd annual NYC Dumpling festival presented by Tang’s Natural Dumlings.
What: 2nd Annual Dumpling Festival and 7th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest.
Where:Sara D. Roosevelt Park in New York City (next to the E Houston Whole Food Market) On Houston between Forsyth and Chrystie
When:Saturday, September 25th, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
“Our first-of-its-kind event last year, celebrating dumplings from around the world, was so successful, we decided to make this into an annual event,” said Terry Tang, CEO of Tang’s Natural. “Attendees will be able to taste and experience dumplings from around the world. We will feature international dumpling selections, such as the Italian ravioli, Korean mandoo, and Polish pierogis.
The 7th annual dumpling eating contest will take place for its 7th year and don’t worry – this isn’t an excuse to exercise American excess. The proceeds of the events will benefit the NY City Food bank. Last year alone, TMI Food Group donated over $50,000 and provided more than 170,000 meals for needy New Yorkers.
Admission to the family-friendly event is free but you will need to purchase a ticket ($20 for four tastings) to sample the dumplings at the Festival.
Judges for this year’s contest include James Beard Foundation Vice President Mitchell Davis, Food Bank For New York City Business Partnerships Director Tricia Rumola, Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Elly Truesdell, and Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn Publisher Stephen Munshin.
Competitive eaters Olga Zaitseva and “Gentleman” Joe Menchetti, last year’s winners eating 40 and 53 dumplings in two minutes, respectively, are expected to return to defend their titles.
Just in case you think you are up for the challenge, the deadline for registration is September 17th, 2010. For more information, please visit www.dumplingfestival.com.
See you there!!!! (Can’t make it? You can get Tang’s Dumplings at Whole Foods).
About Tang’s Natural
Tang’s Natural is a division of the TMI Food Group, founded in 1989, to manufacture a wide variety of noodles, wrappers, and appetizers including Dumplings, Sui Mei, Egg Rolls, and Spring Rolls. Tang’s Natural products are healthy without compromising great taste. Our products are made with the finest all-natural ingredients –minimally processed, no artificial additives. We proudly use Bell & Evans natural chicken for our dim sum. With Tang’s Natural, it’s a smarter way to eat healthy.
About the Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank for New York City recognizes 27 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts –food distribution, income support and nutrition education – all strategically guided by its research. Learn how you can help at www.foodbanknyc.org.]]>
Got your plans set up for Labor Day weekend yet? No!?? Go check out the Parked NY Food Truck Festival on Governer’s Island this weekend on Sunday. It’s free to take the ferry and it’s free to attend the event. The food? Not free, but it’s going to be a stellar food truck line up and well worthwhile!
Some of the food trucks confirmed for the parked food truck festival so far include:
Jamaican Dutchy Food Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling Food Truck, Green Pirate juice Food Truck, Joyride Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Food Truck, Halo Berlin, The Cinnamon Snail, Kelvin Natural Slush Co Food Truck, Hermelinda Mexicana and more!
WHEN : Sunday, September 5th
WHERE : Colonel’s Row @ Governors Island
DOORS : Noon – 5pm
COVER : Free!
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 26th
Ferry Schedule Link: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml
I checked out Governer’s Island last week for the Jazz Age Lawn party – it was awesome. If you have a bike, bring it along. It’s a great way to check out the entire island. Governor’s Island is kind of shaped like an ice cream cone. Colonel’s row is runs West East across the island at the upper (bottom of the ice cream scoop) portion of the Island. Enjoy!! These NY Food Trucks won’t disappoint!]]>
GO GO CURRY USA
273 W. 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Take the Japanese obsession of Hideki Matsui and the Yankees and combine that with craft of amazing comfort food dish Japanese curry over super crispy katsu and you get the funky GoGo Curry shop down in the garment district in midtown NY. What’s the connection? Not really sure but Matsui’s number 55 is where it all starts. Five is apparently pronounced “go” in Japanese so that’s where you get the “GoGo”. The dishes are sized based on baseball terminology (walk, single, double, triple, home run, etc). Each additional larger dish includes different types of sides like shrimp, sausages, eggs, etc. On the 5th, 15th and 25th of each month you have specials that go along with these dishes.
I could barely eat a single by myself and couldn’t finish a Grand Slam (pictured above) and we thought that was really the largest dish until these two hipster Asian law students sitting next to us ordered the world series dish. The dish itself takes up the entire table (you can see a portion of our measly grand slam dish on the adjoining table).
Think you can eat it all? They actually have a curry eating contest (of course). Check this place out!! Enjoy!]]>
New York NY Restaurant Week Summer 2008
NY Restaurant Week ( Summer Edition ) all starts one week from Monday and at the special 3 course prix fixe meals of $24 for lunch / $35 for dinner, you’d better book your reservations ASAP!!
Some notables for this summer’s NY Restaurant Week:
Which restaurants will you be checking out? Place your comment below]]>
296 Grand St., @ Havemeyer St.
Williamsburg Brooklyn NY
If you’re a boozer I think you’ll like Bozu. With their creative cocktail menu featuring a sake wasabi vodka martini, several creative mojito variations, and a premium sake list to boot, Bozu will do the trick. I checked this place a few weeks ago with my friend Claire and we had a boozing good time scraping several dishes clean and washing it all down with a bottle of premium sake.
If you’re a food enthusiast (sorry I hate the word foodie), then you’ll LOVE Bozu because it just simply rocks. At rock it does. Like your favorite mixed tape that has your best of the best, Chef-Owner Makoto Suzuki created an eclectic menu with the ‘best of’ Japanese cuisine including sushi, salads, steaks, seafood, Japanese fried chicken, and udon noodle dishes. Mixed tapes? What year is this? LOL. I think it was funky Latin down tempo music they had playing that night that brought me back to 1991. Anyhow, if you’re a party of 2 or more, I’d recommend the Sushi Party Bomb plate ($18) which includes 12 pieces of sushi. (Bomb refers to the special unconventional round shape of the sushi). The Pork Betty ($7), thinly sliced pork belly cooked in sake and sweet soy with a dash of wasabi, is also a blast if you like fatty pork – and who doesn’t?
If you live in Manhattan, it’s worth the one stop on the L train to Bedford and the 3 or 4 blocks walk to Bozu. See you at the bar!]]>
Vegas Baby. Hello from Las Vegas. Today is Day 8 of a 9 day trip in Vegas (with 4 days in Lake Las Vegas – more on that later). I’m out here on a conference for my work and admittedly I have been spending more times in clubs, bars and casinos with my coworkers than any of the high end restaurants. I’ll be posting some of the highlights soon.]]>
86 East 3rd Street (bet 1st and 2nd ave)
Among the remote edges of the East Village and the upper borders of the trendy Lower East side, is the nondescript Umi No Ie restaurant. It’s my friend Noel’s go-to Japanese restaurant and he emphatically claims that when he introduced it to one of his Japanese friends, his friend has since claimed it as his go-to place too. Somehow, I have a feeling Umi No Ie may soon become one of my go-to places as well. You’ll soon realize why as you step into the basement lodge of Umi No Ie. Granted, that night the warm dry environment was a relief from the dreary weather outside, the interior of Umi No Ie is an inviting comfortable, casual place to just ‘chill’. Maybe it’s the flicker of the candles casting long shadows against the brick wall of its dark interiors, or the low tables that force you to casually lounge on the carpet, or maybe it’s the joyful chatter from the back table that reminds you to just relax. If none of the above does the trick, check out the food and the huge selection of drinks. We shared a bottle of Na Ka Na Ka Nei sake. Yes, you can get bottle service here minus the attitude of most clubs and at a fraction of the cost. (Plus, if you don’t finish the bottle, they can save it for you for ‘next time’. Isn’t that awesome?) The food menu is a collection of comfort foods from around Japan, so don’t expect your usual sushi menu. It’s all cooked at the bar / kitchen and served immediately. Notable was the fried chicken (I am really beginning to love Asian style fried chicken), the udon which is a special recipe from the cook’s mom, and the pork belly with daicon root stew.
As we neared the bottom of our bottle of sake, the classic tracks of Nirvana Unplugged circa 1993 morphed into festive J-Pop on the stereo and at that point I realized we had just spent 2 hours at this restaurant. I looked around and noticed we were the only non-Japanese speaking customers in the whole bar/restaurant. For me, that’s 2 positive idicators about a restaurant – no hassle treatment of customers and if it’s an ethnic restaurant the number of foreign patrons. Overall, Umi No Ie is a great place to hang out with your friends, relax, drink and eat great food. Then again, isn’t that what you expect from a Go-To Place?]]>
152 W 49th St
Times Square / Midtown New York
212 764 8549
Hagi is located in the basement just a few steps away from the 49th St Uptown N/R entrance. Be wary however, Hagi has one of those classic NY difficult to find / mysterious underground “illegal gambling-brothel –massage parlour-speakeasy“ feeling entrances – I love it! On the block you’ll find several Neon Signs in Japanese competing for your attention, but just stay to the right and make a sharp right down the flight of smoky stairs for Hagi. Once inside, you’ll find a very lively bar and grill that is open for your pleasure till as late as 3AM. Like Bon Chon Chicken, Hagi is a bar (extensive Sake selection) with a great menu. You can order Sushi, Noodles and a great assortment of grilled bar meats including beef, chicken skin, and gizzards. The chicken skin skewers were pretty good. We also tried the Hamachi Kama or Yellowtail Collarbone. They don’t include the dipping sauce here but they grill the Hamachi with coarse salt and there is a slight glaze so I suspect it’s been marinated to a degree. The taste is incredible – so simple yet powerful in every way imaginable. If you have an appetite, I’d recommend the seafood yaki soba plate which has a combination of shrimp, squid, and clams over a ramen style pasta. It’s served with an alfredo cream sauce. See you down in the basement!
595 River Road,
Edgewater, New Jersey
SUN.-FRI. 9:30AM – 8:00PM
SAT. 9:30AM – 9:00PM
More photos from another food court vendor at Mitsuwa NJ. This one specializes in Soba, Udon and Ramen noodles. They are made to order and have a great selection of meats, sauces and other toppings. We ordered a spicy ramen with pork and mushrooms.]]>