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10 Sensational Stops for Japanese Food in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Jay Friedman 9 comments

If you're visiting Tokyo for business or pleasure, there's a good chance you'll be staying in the Shinjuku area. Arrive at night, and you'll feel like an alien (or perhaps a replicant?) amidst all the neon in the Blade Runner-like atmosphere. And while amazing Japanese food surrounds you, that alien feeling may challenge you in navigating the streets (addresses are difficult in Japan), not to mention the menus, and perhaps even the basic how-tos of ordering and etiquette. Read on for a list of essential Japanese dishes to eat in Tokyo and our favorite spots to enjoy them, all right in the Shinjuku area. More

Pai Men Miyake's Chirashi, a One-Bowl Meal for Sashimi Lovers in Portland, ME

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 3 comments

Though "chirashi" literally translates to "scattered," I always think of classic chirashi as the composed salad of sushi preparations: a bed of vinegared rice overlaid with fanned out fish fillets and tidy bunches of vegetables set just so. The chirashi at Pai Men Miyake is particularly nice and well portioned for the price. More

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beer With Sushi

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

We asked our crew of beer-pairing pros for their advice: what's the best beer to drink with sashimi, nigiri, or sushi rolls? More

Sushi By-the-Piece at Wasabi, Times Square's Newest Fast Food Import

New York Krista Garcia 16 comments

Wasabi, a by-the-piece sushi shop, is the latest fast food import to hit Times Square. More

Where is the Best Sushi in Chicago?

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 23 comments

Have you recently stopped to think about how much raw seafood is around us? Almost every other new restaurant seems to have some kind of uncooked fish on its menu. But where can you find the best stuff? More

Sushi and Sashimi Still Satisfy at Old Schooler Musashi's in Seattle

Eating Asian Jay Friedman Post a comment

This longstanding Japantown favorite serves plenty of cooked dishes, but most people are there for the fish. Affordably priced sushi, sashimi, and chirashi all aim to please, with successful results. More

Eating in The Willis Tower: My Three Day Chinese, Thanksgiving, and Half-Priced Sushi Bender at Market Creations

Chicago Joe Roy 5 comments

During orientation on my first day working in the Sears Tower, I learned about the largely building staff-focused Market Creations: "it's always Thanksgiving on one side and Chinese food on the other. They have sushi, too." More

Some Rolls on the Wild Side at Tank Sushi

Chicago Lindsey Howald Patton 1 comment

If you're looking for some of the most inventive, saucy, flagrantly fusion-style maki around, this hip North Side sushi spot has you covered. More

Sushi Dive Natori Still Going Strong

New York Nick Solares 1 comment

You can most assuredly find brighter and glitzier spots for sushi and Japanese comfort foods in the East Village, especially if you want to spend a lot more money. But Natori has far more character, history and soul than all of them combined. More

Loop, a Solid Neighborhood Sushi Spot in Gramercy

New York Nick Solares 2 comments

Loop is a solid neighborhood option for the area. I recommend you stick with the simplest of preparations—the basic rolls and the sashimi—which are the surest bets. The specialty rolls and especially the hot food is more hit and miss. More

Tanoshi Sushi is the Holy Grail of New York Sushi Restaurants

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 72 comments

I've never been to Sukiyabashi Jiro, the restaurant featured in Jiro Dreams of Sushi so I can't attest to its quality, but the concepts of simplicity, a strive towards perfection, and the humility of a chef who is in service to his ingredients and not the other way around that the movie represents so effectively is the hallmark of all of great sushiya in Japan.

Likewise, having no basis of comparison, I can't really say that Chef Toshio Oguma at Tanoshi Sushi is doing Jiro-level sh*t, but conceptually, he hits every mark, so I'm going to say it anyway: The sushi at Tanoshi sushi is some serious Jiro-level sh*t, the likes of which I haven't seen anywhere outside of Japan. It's a hole-in-the-wall, run-down-before-it-even-opened sushi bar in the public transportation limbo just below Yorkville on the Upper East Side, and it serves one of the best omakase meals I've had anywhere.


First Look: Sag Harbor's Sen Arrives in Manhattan

New York Nick Solares 5 comments

The newly minted Sen occupies an ambitiously large space on 21st street in Manhattan. The menu is a congruous blend of traditional and modern: classically prepared sushi and a broader, more eclectic kitchen menu with pan-Asian focus. If the concept sounds less than original, it's worth mentioning that Sen is an offshoot of the nearly two-decades-old Sag Harbor restaurant renowned for their sushi. More

Masaharu Morimoto's 11 Tips for Tuna and Sushi at the New York Culinary Experience

New York Laura Togut 5 comments

Chef Masaharu Morimoto was at the New York Culinary Experience breaking down a whole tuna into bite-size nigiri and maki. Click through for his tips on getting the most from your fish, with step-by-step shots of the sushi-making process. More

Ask A Sommelier: Which Wines Go Best With Sushi?

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 5 comments

Sushi and beer are an awesome combination, and many folks like to order sake with sushi (even if it might not be strictly traditional), but you might be surprised how delicious wine and sushi can be together. Whether it's a salty-seeming coastal white wine from Italy, or a palate-cleansing sparkler from France or Spain, wine can make for a truly special sushi meal. Which bottles should you pop? We asked 11 sommeliers for tips. More

Rockland, ME: Suzuki's Sushi Bar's Unbeatable Omakase

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 3 comments

I wasn't expecting much for $32, even if these were mid-coast Maine prices, and even though I'd heard rave reviews about Suzuki. But I could get a spicy salmon roll anywhere, so I figured I'd give the omakase at this cute Rockland sushi joint the benefit of the doubt. More

Video: Interpretive Sushi Dance from Norway

Max Falkowitz 5 comments

Most food council branding is pretty straightforward: "Beef: It's What's For Dinner"; the milk mustache. And then you see marketing that's a little more...abstract. Head-scratching. What the hell were they smoking and where can I get some? This series of videos from Godfisk, a Norwegian website supported by the Norwegian Seafood Council, falls into that category. More

Sauced: Spicy Mayo for Sushi

Sauced Joshua Bousel 15 comments

Creamy, tangy, spicy, and garlic-y, this incredible supersauce that adorns many sushi rolls can be achieved with two simple cupboard staples—sriracha and mayonnaise. More

Spicy Mayo for Sushi

Serious Eats Joshua Bousel 4 comments

Creamy, tangy, spicy, and garlic-y, this incredible supersauce that adorns many sushi rolls can be achieved with two simple cupboard staples—sriracha and mayonnaise. More

TGI Fry-Day: Kabocha Tempura Maki at Kai Zan

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Kai Zan is one of those rare warm and inviting sushi restaurants. In fact, it's downright cozy, a huge improvement over the sleek and hard edged style of most sushi joints, where you feel about as welcome as a kid in a jewelry store. More

3-Minute Video: The Amazing Food and People of Japan

Daniel Klein 8 comments

I spent the last month traveling around Japan and China with an Intrepid Travel guide/translator, taking pictures and filming video of the most delicious food, the amazing people, and the incredible sights for the newest season of The Perennial Plate. Watch this video postcard from Japan, a montage of the two weeks we spent eating and traveling around. More

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