If anyone happens to be in New York City, be sure to swing by the Bergdorf-Goodman Men’s store window display on 58th St. & 5th Ave. They have the models and sets from the extraordinarily beautiful movie “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” – Just lovely!
If you haven’t yet seen the movie – we highly suggest that you do 🙂
Chef Tadashi Ono’s wonderful Matsuri transports you directly into the Edo period- giant paper lanterns vaulted ceiling, dark wood floors, jade-green ceramic tiles all create an ambiance to rival a movie set. Born in Tokyo, Chef Ono started his career at age 16, and then moved to Los Angeles to train at La Petite Chaya and L’Orangerie. He then moved east to NY heading up the kitchens at La Caravelle Restaurant; nine years later he opened Sono on 57th Street and now we are so lucky since 2003 to have Matsuri. Where, in the lushest of environments, Chef Ono presents authentic Japanese comfort food. Flying in organic grains daily from Japan and offering more than 200 kinds of sake.
Special items for us include:
Kinpira – Sauteed and Simmered Burdock
Hijiki salad in soy and sake
Kampach sashimi with yuzu and green pepper sauce
the shishinto peppers in dashi
Mushrooms baked in parchment paper contain all their juices and flavour (ordered everytime)
Nasu Shigiyaki – Japanese eggplant grilled with miso sauce so sweet and delicious
Black Cod marinated in sake paste and then grilled so perfect each bite falls effortlessly
18 grain rice
Lotus roots, the perfect snack with a fresh Aldentéd sake crunch
The sushi and the sashimi are very fresh and clean
on the sweet side, the warm chocolate cake melts with every bite
Keep an eye out for Chef Ono’s new book: Japanese Hot Pots; where he directs you to the creation of hot pot meals. Recipies from the book will be featured in the restaurant’s menu as of late September 2009.
OPEN HOURS: Noon– Midnight Sunday-Wednesday Noon– 2:00am Thursday-Saturday
Neighburrito is exactly what its namesake suggests- and a bit more. The owner is a San Franciscan, forward thinking and green minded. He sources quality ingredients, cooks without epic amounts of grease and uses biodegradable / compostable items for their deliveries.
The burritos are quite yummy and true to their mission roots. The Fajita- Rita is a stuffed heaven of portobello mushrooms with sautéed peppers and onions, black beans, jack cheese, and roasted corn salsa.
The Red Menace is an all vegan house specialty, made with marinated crumbled tofu, rice, pinto beans, soy cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, and tofu sour cream wrapped in tortilla smothered in enchilada sauce.
They are easy and allow you to suplement any of the meats in the menu for portobello mushrooms, Vegan Soysage, or Lime-Cumin Marinated Crumbled Tofu. As with most burrioto places, you can also build fom scratch and choose from white or whole wheat tortillas. A few salads, quesadillas and soft corn tacos finish off the menu.
On the drink side they prepare Horchata, Hibiscus Iced Tea and Tamarindo juice- which really compliment well.
212. 982-4140 94 E 7th St. ( Ave A – 1st Ave) New York, NY 10009
OPEN HOURS: 5:30pm – 11:30pm Tue-Sat 5:30pm – 10:30pm Sun
Hidden Japanese Food Jewel in the middle of the East Village You can walk by and not see it, situated on a street sub level. Truthfully the top Japanese in the city. Excellent service. Superior plating and a range of flavors to make you melt.
Chawanmushi (a steamed egg custard cup with glorious ingredients)
Yuba (tofu skin) And Uni Yoshino Style in crystal clear sauce
One of the last great record shops in NY, Halcyon moved to its Dumbo location in 2006. Creating community through their weekly instore performances by local and visiting DJs and disseminating extensive information on events throughout the city. (see their BLOG for schedule)
Halcyon faces the magnificent Manhattan Bridge through a couple of very industrial buildings making this spot quite cinematographic. On one side street there is a graffiti wall on which the art changes from time to time. Across the street is a public space, complete with parasol tables and chairs, where you can sit and enjoy the area and listen to the music from the store. Wonderful especially when there are performances.
The store itself is beautifully designed with an ivy mural framing the windows on the outside, high ceiling inside, vinyl art on the walls, astroturf grass on the floor and a even a stone garden.
The staff is friendly, helping you with their selection of a little bit of everything: Acid Jazz, Afro-Latin, Ambient, Noise, Disco+’80s+Dance Classics, DJ Mixes, Downbeat, Lounge, Trip-Hop, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Grime, Electro, Acid, Breaks, Electronica, Exotica, World, Funk, Breakbeats, Hip-Hop, House, Jazz, Nu Disco, Italo, Reggae, Dub, Rock, Pop, Folk, Techno…….. Be sure to check out their wall of suggestions and don’t be afraid to ask for whatever your interested in.
On top of all the great new/used records & disks, Halcyon also carries t-shirts, books and other items to keep you up to date with the scene.
The area of Dumbo itself is a wonderful place to explore. Having come on in recent years, it is now home to an eclectic mix of businesses and people. A trip to the park under the bridges is a must for all visitors to NYC. The views of lower Manhattan are stunning by both day and night.