Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Matsugen New York

Matsugen opened at old 66 spot in Tribeca.
Jean George had a partnership with Matsugen, so this restaurant does not look like authentic Japanese restaurant... but Jean George didn't even involve menu creation.
But I am surprised he was actually ther yesterday..

Interior was a little intimidating. Tall ceiling, huge and tall dining table, and almost too perfect decoration.

Matsugen Japan serves mainly soba noodle, but you can enjoy sushi, soba, and a little bit of every Japanese food here.

I only tried Soba noodle yesterday, but soba itself was really good.
My dish was Kamoseiro (you dip soba in duck soup)... Soup was a little bit too oily, but it was good enough to be worth coming back only for this.

I had a chance to look around a kitchen inside, and they have their own soba flour machine, as well as handmade soba creation performance in front of window facing to the street.

I will definitely come back here to eat more variety menus.
But I would rather sit on the regular table so that I can relax and eat next time.

241 Church St.
at Leonard St.

Friday, June 6, 2008

ZAGAT America's Top Japanese Restaurants Launch

Zagat launched latest book called "America's Top Japanese Restaurants".
This shows top Japanese restaurants from major cities in US.
Also, Japanese unique ingredients are introduced in first section, so that American people can get more familiar with Japanese ingredients to use.

Unfortunately, this book is not for sale. 100,000 were produced, and distributed to major Japanese restaurants in US.
Guide book will be handed to customers who love to eat Japanese food.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Celebrity chef, Alain Ducasse opened 2 new restaurants on the same streets.
One is Adour at St. Regis Hotel. The other one is Benoit. French Bistro from Paris.
Benoit in Paris opened in 1912, and received 1 star from Michelin for the first time as a bistro.
in 2005, Alain Ducasse acquired Benoit from owner.

First, Alain opened Benoit Tokyo in Japan in 2005, then Benoit came to NY this year.

Benoit Tokyo has a great interior design, and it looks more like high end place... but Benoit NY is more like classic french bistro.... similar atmosphere as Balthazar, Pastis...

Menu is pretty simple bistro menu.

French Onion Soup

I always like when Onion soup comes to the table... smells great with cheese flavor.
This is very simple dish, but I can taste a lot of Sherry. Need a little salt, but I liked a taste over all.

Duck Foie Gras Confit with Parisienne Brioche

As you can see, there were so much fat, and taste was a little too greasy.
I am not sure they did this on purpose, but I think this is a way too over powering to your mouth for appertizer.

I actually did not order any main dish, so I ordered 2 above apps.
I did not feel for any of main dish unfortunately..

By having only 2 dishes above, I rather go to Balthazar, Pastis...
But I definitely would like to come back and try some main dish before I say anything further..

Benoit NY
66 West 55th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
New York, New York

Sunday, May 18, 2008

15 East

15 East is one of my favorite Sushi restaurants in NY.

There are only about 9 seats at sushi counter, so you must make reservation in advance.

Interior is very simple yet modern.

I always order "omakase" which is chef tasting menu.
Sushi chef is Makoto Shimizu from Japan. He used to work at Jewel Bako.
His sushi creation is very beautiful, and most of fish are imported from Japan.

Tuna (Maguro)

Sea urchin (Uni) is always good here...melting in your mouth. Very sweet.
15 East also serves great handmade soba noodle (see above picture). They are delicious.

$150-$200 per person. But I think it is definitely worth paying that much.
I go there every month, as I always crave their sushi.

15 East
15 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 647-0015

Friday, April 4, 2008

Greenwich Grill OPEN!

"Greenwich Grill" is opened in Tribeca today!!!

I had a chance to try their food last night with owner from Japan, and I can give you my sneak preview report.

It is located on Greenwich Street, between Vestry and Laight Streets.
Greenwich Grill has been carefully renovated to retain Romanesque Revival construction of the original 125 years old building which was bought by the company.

There is a bar counter on the right side, and seats on the left side.
It looks very casual, but you will find a very elegant dining after you walk through the narrow corridor.
A elegant dining space has great high ceiling with skylight.

1st floor offers "Pacific Grill" food.
Pacific Grill is a combination of Californian, Italian & traditional French cuisine.

You will see the menu at their website, and all of the menu sounds mouthwatering.

I tried Baked Tripe Stew. Only $10. Yes, it is a small portion, but you will enjoy full-body flavored tripe, chick peas, and tomato sauce. (see picture below)

Surprisingly (great surprise for me!!), there is a basement which offers completely different cuisine - authentic upscale sushi restaurant, called "Azabu".

You won't see any signs of the Sushi restaurant, so it is almost like hidden restaurant you don't anybody to know...

Sushi chef was brought from Japan, and he is only 29 years old.... his Sushi was amazing.
Great rice, great fish selection, and great atmosphere.

Also,,,, great price. What I mean "great" is "great bargain for NY sushi restaurant".

If you go Sushi Den, Sushi Yasuda, or 15 East, you pay $150-$200 per person easily including liquor. But here.... you pay $100 at most. That is much better price than all other high-end Sushi place in NY.

I definitely come back soon, and try many other dishes.
Greenwich Grill also offers lunch on Mon-Fri, and brunch on Sun.

Opentable reservation is already available, so that is a good news also.

Greenwich Grill
428 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 274-0427

Sunday, March 23, 2008


I went to Wakiya the other night. Wakiya is located in Gramercy Park Hotel, newly renovated by Ian Schrager.

It was 9 o'clock. I did not have any reservation, so they told me to wait at the bar

Bar was full of people. Nice looking people there.

Interior was very modern, elegant, and gorgeous.

After 15 minutes, we got the table.
Sofa table was very comfortable, and we were so happy we could get seats very quickly than expected.

Bang Bang Chicken

It was very good. I eat this dish in Japan all the time, but I could not find good Bang Bang Chicken in NY. But this one is really good. great sauce.

Lobster & Pork Juice Dumpling

These Lobster&Pork Soup Dumpling was phenomenal. Very juicy. Lots of lobster meat. Very yummy!
I can eat all of these 4 by myself.

We also tried Shark Fin Soup. It was also good too. SO much shark fin in the soup.

I have been reading bad reviews about this restaurant, like;

"Although food is not that good, price is outrageous"
"Service is awful"

Well.... price is high. But this is not like China Town. This is high-end modern Chinese restaurant. So it should be higher than China Town price.

I did not even think service was bad at all. As a matter of fact, there was a great waiter to take our orders.

I will definitely come back there. Next time, I would like to try much more food.

They also serve "Dim Sum" on weekend. That is also appealing to me.


2 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

Saturday, March 15, 2008


I went to Takashimaya last Thursday.
Takashimaya is Japanese high-end department store located on 5th avenue/54th street.
I have not been there for 1 year, so I decided to check it out.
After cruising around inside, I went to downstairs to eat.
Yes, there is a restaurant offering great tea selection as well as some food.

I had this $18 afternoon tea set (I forgot what to call).
You can try several kinds of desserts, and there are also unique sandwich.

I have to say sandwich was not that good. rice was squished too tight. I needed some soy sauce.. but I didn't ask.
But all sweets are very good.

I also tried Japanese Sencha green tea.
This place is very quiet, and the great place to enjoy tea while you shop around this area.

693 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Kyoya is one of my favorite restaurants in NY.

They offer very authentic Japanese food. I feel like being Japan almost.

I always ask if we can sit in front of chef Sono. Chef Counter.
He is very friendly person, and I always enjoy having conversation with him about his food.

If you go, make sure to check out their special menu.

This time, they have a great sea urchin, octopus, and a mackerel sashimi.

According to Sono, 80% of ingredients are from Japan, and 20% are from local.

Except sea urchin, they were from Japan. Sea urchin was from Prince Edward Island.

Sea urchin tastes very sweet and mild.. Texture of octopus was very crunchy, and it tasted very good with sea salt.

Presentation is gorgeous, and almost you do not want to mess with it.

I also tried "Karasumi". Karasumi is Bora fish's egg......

Ok... I didn't know what to call Bora in English, so I just checked.


Mullet....?? Yes, it was MULLET.

Why? does Bora have long hair in a back? LOL

Anyway, Mullet's egg tastes yummy!

I also had Chawan Mushi (Egg Custard), Miso Marinated Beef Tongue, and Rice with Crab.

Those were very very good.

My favorite was Chawan Mushi. It has a lot of ingredients inside of custard, and enjoyed so much.

If you go, you should also try some desserts.

They have Houji Tea Ice Cream. Of course handmade by chef.

Houji Tea is roasted green tea, so it gives roasted aroma and flavor.. very good.

Kyoya is located in East Village, and you almost feel you find your own hidden place.


94 East 7th St.

Bet 1st & A


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Harry's Steak House

There are several steak houses in financial district.

I went to Harry's Steak last night. Why? Because that was the closest place from my home :)
Interior is very classic. very classic.

Anyway, this is what we ate.

  • King Crab Legs

  • Beefsteak Tomato 3 ways

  • NY Strip Steak

  • Sautéed Wild Mushrooms

  • Creamed Spinach

  • Sorbet Selection

  • Berries and Cream

Well, I should suggest "just try main dish".

I can tell crab legs were frozen for a long time. Probably steamed with salt long time it was very salty, and of course did not taste fresh.

Tomato 3 ways dish were so boring.

Since appetizers were not appealing to me, I was not expecting main dish to be good.
But surprisingly (good surprise), main dish were really good.
I tried strip steak, but Reflection (my boy friend) tried rib eye steak, and I liked rib eye better.
very tender. good amount of fat. very juicy.
Steak sauce (probably house made) came with it. But that had too much vinegar, and I did not really like that sauce.
Also, side dish were both good.

I would like to come back again, but just for steak.

Harry's Steak
(212) 785-9200