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Tokyo > Osaka > Kyoto > Nagoya Itinerary! Any Glaring Errors?

Thanks all. Here's the new itin:

>>> Tokyo (staying in Ebisu)

WED
Dinner: Dedesuke for grilled meat + udon

THU
Breakfast: Sushi Takahashi
Lunch: Butagumi for tonkatsu
Dinner: Narutomi for soba + tempura

FRI
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - pending reservation
>>> Osaka (staying near Kitahama station)
Dinner: [tbd. probably wander around Dotonburi]

SAT
Lunch: Mimiu for sukiyaki udon (tenative)
Dinner: [tbd. probably wander around Dotonburi]

SUN
>>> Kyoto (staying near Gojo station)
Lunch: Shoraian - pending reservation
Dinner: Isetan, possibly Kokkekoko for yakitori

MON
Breakfast/lunch: Nishiki market stalls, probably Yaoya no Nikai
>>> Nagoya (staying near Nagoya station)
Dinner: Torigin for chicken

TUE
Lunch: Horaiken for hitsumabushi
>>> Tokyo (staying in Ebisu)
Dinner: Bakuro for horsemeat

WED
Lunch: Ikaruga for tonkotsu ramen
Dinner: [tbd. repeat of favorite? Neighborhood izakaya?]

THU
Breakfast: Rokurinsha for tsukemen

Robb S, we'll definitely visit Brooklyn Roasting Company and Yellow Ape Craft. We'll keep the other izakayas that we didn't add to the itinerary on our radar as possibilities.

Does anyone have good recs for simple foods we can eat for breakfast like curry pan or onigiri in our neighborhoods?

Oct 29, 2014
shipshape in Japan

Tokyo > Osaka > Kyoto > Nagoya Itinerary! Any Glaring Errors?

We've run out of lunches to fill! Maybe we will make ramen and tempura light/early dinners and then go out to izakayas afterward. (Or maybe, are Ikaruga or Tenmatsu suitable for breakfast?) Do you have recommendations? Bakura, Toki no ma, and Kanemasu are currently on our radar.

People seemed really fond of Kiraku on this board which is why we added it. Not really looking for another coursed out meal; do you suggest anything else for casual/mid-price in Kyoto? Okonomiyaki wasn't on our must-eat list anyway.

Oct 29, 2014
shipshape in Japan

Tokyo > Osaka > Kyoto > Nagoya Itinerary! Any Glaring Errors?

Here's our itinerary for January based on CH research. Are there any glaring errors (restaurants that aren't open a certain day, is there a regional food we're missing, etc.). A Japanese friend is making reservations for us this week at Iwa and Shoraian. We haven't quite figured out Osaka yet, though we're going to look into some beef and takoyaki spots (recs welcome!). We have some open spots in Tokyo, too.

>>> Tokyo (staying in Ebisu)

WED
Dinner: Tenmatsu (Shibuya) for tempura (it seems like most people on this board tend to recommend the other location. is there a difference?)

THU
Breakfast: Sushi Sei
Lunch: Narutomi for soba
Dinner: Ikaruga for tonkotsu

FRI
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - pending reservation
>>> Osaka (staying near Kitahama station)
Dinner: [tbd]

SAT
Lunch: [tbd]
Dinner: [tbd]

SUN
>>> Kyoto (staying near Gojo station)
Lunch: Shoraian - pending reservation
Dinner: Kiraku for okonomiyaki

MON
Breakfast/lunch: Nishiki market stalls (recs?)
>>> Nagoya (staying near Nagoya station)
Dinner: Torigin for chicken

TUE
Lunch: Horaiken for hitsumabushi
>>> Tokyo (staying in Ebisu)
Dinner: [tbd. repeat of favorite? Neighborhood izakaya?]

WED
Lunch: Butagumi for tonkatsu
Dinner: [tbd. repeat of favorite? Neighborhood izakaya?]

THU
Breakfast: Rokurinsha for tsukemen

Oct 29, 2014
shipshape in Japan

Which foods to eat in which cities? A matching game.

Hopefully this is an interesting question and not just an inane puzzle.

We aren't in Japan for a super long time and will only have 15 lunches/dinners (and 8 breakfasts, though admittedly I don't know which of these foods are also considered breakfast). In planning our meals, I want to make sure that we eat the foods we're planning to eat in the most relevant cities. We know a few of the obvious ones (eg, unagi in Nagoya, kaiseki in Kyoto), but aren't sure of most of the others (eg, soba? tonkatsu?). I started our Tokyo research first, which is why there are some Tokyo restaurants listed, but if there's a better version of that food in another city, let me know!

Foods we'd like to eat, in rough priority order:
sushi (Hatsune and Iwa? Sushi Sei breakfast?)
soba
tsukemen (is Rokurinsha good or hyped?)
tonkotsu ramen (Ikaruga? Ramen Museum? Ippudo's not a priority since we live in NY)
unagi/hitsumabushi
sakana/izakaya (Bakura? Toki no ma? Kanemasu?)
udon
tonkatsu/katsu curry
tempura
craft beer
tofu
chawanmushi
curry
kaiseki
cocktails (tender?)

Cities we're going to, though nothing is set in stone and will probably be determined by this thread:
Tokyo: 3-4 days (Staying in Ebisu, but very mobile.)
Osaka: 2-3 days
Kyoto: 1 day
Nagoya: 1 day

The help, as always, is much appreciated!

Oct 25, 2014
shipshape in Japan

Which of these must go? Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka

Many thanks for the suggestions! I was worried that Fukuoka was too far, but I'll reconsider now because it sounds right up our alley. Do you personally think that Osaka and Kyoto are both musts? We probably like temple-touring a bit less than the next guy.

Oct 22, 2014
shipshape in Japan

Which of these must go? Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka

We're taking an 8 day trip to Japan in January and hoping to get as varied a food experience as possible. I know it will be tight, but we're planning to get a JR Pass and hitting 2 cities in addition to Tokyo. Which two should they be? Our priority will be eating, with sightseeing taking a back seat. We don't care about Michelin stars (though we're not against them either—heading to 15 East in NY tomorrow for a special occasion). We're not fetishizing "eating like the locals do" since, frankly, we're not, but we do love hidden gems and intimate neighborhood spots.

Here's a list of foods we think we'd like to hit based on what we enjoy and what we've read about on this board (more or less in order of priority):

sushi
soba
ramen
unagi
kaiseki
katsu
udon
tempura
chawanmushi
tofu
yakitori

Based on these foods, which cities should we visit? We'll most likely be doing 4 nights in Tokyo and then 2 nights each in 2 of the following: Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka. Open to other options, too. Help would be appreciated!

Oct 21, 2014
shipshape in Japan

2 week foodie trip to Japan in April (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Fukuoka)

I'm taking a similar food-centric trip and, based on your advice above, would love to get your thoughts on an 8-night trip. Our goal is simply to get as broad and interesting an experience of Japanese cuisine as possible; we're less concerned with seeing the sights.

Tokyo: 3 nights
Nagoya: 2 nights
Kyoto: 1 night
Osaka: 1 night
Tokyo: 1 night

Do you think this is spread too thin? Should we choose either Kyoto or Osaka to stay in since they are fairly close? We live in NYC and will have just spent a week in Taipei visiting my family, so we also don't feel the need to spend as much time in Tokyo if it's best to concentrate our time else where.

Oct 21, 2014
shipshape in Japan

2 days in Memphis (and 1 in Senatobia, MS)

Heading to Memphis and Senatobia next week on business. I've never been to the region, and I'd love to try the best of what's on offer. I only have two dinners, so I figure the other one should be BBQ (I'm partial to ribs) and for the other it seems like Gus's is a big-time favorite. Would love some help deciphering the many debates on CH. Seems like Payne's, BBQ Shop, and Central are big on here.

As for Senatobia, is there anywhere good for breakfast on the road there from Memphis? What about lunch in town?

First time in Japan! Is Ebisu the best bet for staying/food?

I'm not too worried about hotel accommodations because we'll definitely be going the Airbnb route. Found some good places in Ebisu, but I'll definitely look into Shimokitazawa, Shibuya, and Ueno.

Aug 20, 2014
shipshape in Japan

First time in Japan! Is Ebisu the best bet for staying/food?

Our main objective on the trip will be to eat, and I'm under the impression that the regional cuisines differ quite a bit? So we'd prefer not to confine ourselves to a single city, even though I agree a week is not a huge amount of time. I've lived in NYC for 6 years and have far from "seen it all" and yet I wouldn't suggest someone not venture beyond the boroughs if they wanted two get a broader sense of the States. (Plus, since my family is in Taiwan, we can easily return to Japan within a year or two if we end up loving it.)

Aug 15, 2014
shipshape in Japan

First time in Japan! Is Ebisu the best bet for staying/food?

Looking for a neighborhood with plenty to eat. We'll be in Japan for a week but will most likely only spend half that time in Tokyo. We're fans of all the staples of Japanese food in NYC—ramen, sushi, soba, yakitori, etc.—and are open to any of these or something totally different.

We're from Brooklyn and prefer a neighborhood that's got great food and bars, but definitely isn't Midtown-ish or Times Square-y. We're probably partial to a West Village or Williamsburg vibe. My preliminary research makes Ebisu seem like a pretty good bet. Thoughts?

Aug 15, 2014
shipshape in Japan

Yucatan 2014 (Merida, Valladolid, Izamal, Playa del Carmen)

really hoping to visit El Gallo while in Valladolid next week. Any tips on finding it? I read elsewhere on the board that someone had trouble locating it.

Jun 09, 2014
shipshape in Mexico

favorite chinese hot pot in queens or brooklyn?

Craving hot pot! I've really only ever had it at home or out in Taipei. (My dad took me to 天鍋 last time I was there—not sure if that helps give an idea of what I'm looking for.) Especially interested in lamb.

I read through the board, but had a hard time making heads or tails of all the posts. Any CH favorites?

May 23, 2014
shipshape in Outer Boroughs

blanca vs. brooklyn fare

Fairly straight-forward question: Blanca or Brooklyn Fare?

Some background: Above all we're looking for good food—service, atmosphere, wine list, etc., be damned. We thought EMP was very good, but definitely had a couple disappointing courses (we went right when their format switched). We want to be full when we leave (which I've heard on this board isn't always true about Blanca? Can anyone confirm or deny?)

Mar 24, 2014
shipshape in Outer Boroughs

Cheap, African, Asian, South Asian, and of course French - Paris

Does anyone have any idea if the banh mi place formerly at 7 rue Volta has reopened yet? According to Yelp she was moving to a new space.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/banh-mi-paris

Oct 12, 2013
shipshape in France

5 days in Paris, but then where to go??? Looking for suggestions.

Did you mean Sheger in Republique? Trying to look up your Ethiopian rec on Google, but the restaurant at 2 passage du Jeu de Boules is what's coming up. Thanks!

Oct 12, 2013
shipshape in France

Cal Pep, still worth it?

Super helpful, thanks! Our host here recommended Bar Mundial and El Pla—have you been to either? I've seen lots of recs for Paco Meralgo on this board, too.

Oct 04, 2013
shipshape in Spain/Portugal

Cal Pep, still worth it?

Last time I was in Barcelona was 7 years ago, and I remember having a great meal at Cal Pep. I'm back in town for 4 days but sadly haven't been able to do much planning/research this time. Is Cal Pep still all it's cracked up to be? What should we order? We love all seafood and want to try lots of local favorites. (Or is there another tapas place that folks prefer these days?)

Oct 03, 2013
shipshape in Spain/Portugal

traditional omakase — yasuda or elsewhere?

Seems like everyone is hands-down for 15 East, though that's not necessarily what I saw in other threads. Now I'm confused!

May 28, 2013
shipshape in Manhattan

traditional omakase — yasuda or elsewhere?

Sad! But helpful.

May 28, 2013
shipshape in Manhattan

traditional omakase — yasuda or elsewhere?

Do you think we will be able to request 4 bar seats with chef Shimizu?

By the looks of your photos (which are amazing), it looks like the kaiseki tasting menu, rather than the raw omakase. I would definitely consider it now that I've seen these pictures.. How much did it come to per person?

May 28, 2013
shipshape in Manhattan

traditional omakase — yasuda or elsewhere?

Looking for an omakase (mostly sashimi/sushi, not kaiseki) that is <$250 per person for a birthday dinner. The birthday guy prefers more traditional/simple preparations where the raw ingredients shine the most. We won't be drinking much, so alcohol costs aren't really a factor. There will be 4 of us, but we prefer sitting at the bar; we spend a lot of time together so not having the best set-up for conversation is fine!

Of all the favorite restaurants mentioned on CH for omakase (specifically in this recent thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/885504), I've only been to Sushi Yasuda. I sat with Yasuda, who I know has since left, and it was wonderful. I would definitely go back, but just wanted to make sure there weren't other places we should choose instead (15 East?).

If we do go to Yasuda, is there a specific chef we should request?

May 28, 2013
shipshape in Manhattan

St Jean Pied de Port or somewhere else in French Basque?

It was actually your and Parigi's comments on this thread that got me thinking about St Jean Pied de Port! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857718

Mar 20, 2013
shipshape in France

St Jean Pied de Port or somewhere else in French Basque?

Sorry if I didn't give enough context—we're taking a road trip but unfortunately only have one or two days to spend in Pays Basque. Rather than looking for specific restaurant/lodging recommendations (though those would be more than welcome!) I was curious what people's favorite towns were. Our stay will not be as long as I'd like, so it seems better to concentrate on just one town or small area.

We're not really beach people so the back country seems like a better fit. Having read most of the relevant posts on this board from the last year or two, it seemed like St Jean Pied de Port was a favorite of many. Thanks!

Mar 20, 2013
shipshape in France

St Jean Pied de Port or somewhere else in French Basque?

Read some lovely things about St Jean Pied de Port on this board. Is this everyone's favorite back country town or do you prefer somewhere else? Maison Ziberoa looks quite cozy.

Mar 19, 2013
shipshape in France

sant pau or celler de can roca?

We're not beach people either and want to see some great scenery we're going to trust all your recommendations. Thank you! :D

We're going to stay in Carcassonne one night and in French Basque one night to break up the drive. Do you have a favorite town in French Basque?

Would you recommend not staying directly in SS if we are not beach people?

Many thanks.

Mar 18, 2013
shipshape in Spain/Portugal

sant pau or celler de can roca?

Good to know about French Basque. We had heard good things about Carcassonne so we wanted to go through SW France instead of NE Spain. Google says it will be 9.5 hours (spread over 8 days). http://goo.gl/maps/duUuk

Do you think it's better to just drive right through Spain from Barcelona to Basque Country?

Mar 15, 2013
shipshape in Spain/Portugal

sant pau or celler de can roca?

Holding 2 of your top 3 meals is pretty impressive for Sant Pau! They were able to offer me a reservation that was slightly more convenient than the ones Can Roca did—so your enthusiasm for SP might be pushing me over the edge. Do you prefer lunch or dinner at SP? Does it make a difference the way it seems to at Akelarre?

Perhaps you can advise us on our general itinerary: We're planning on spending two full days in Barcelona, then the day in Sant Pol de Mar (or Girona), three days driving through SW France, three days around Spanish Basque, a day traveling to Paris (drive to Santander; fly to Paris), and then two full days in Paris. Does this itinerary seem acceptable? Is there too much / too little of a certain area? We're most interested in food and don't want to spend too much time in the big cities.

Thanks so much!

Mar 15, 2013
shipshape in Spain/Portugal

sant pau or celler de can roca?

Planning a trip for this October to Barcelona + Basque Country. We can only budget for one blow-out meal. Assuming we can get reservations to Celler (we're flexible on date and time and can plan around it), should we go there or Sant Pau? Which one seems more special / where did you prefer the food itself, to say less of the atmosphere, etc.?

Sadly, the weeks we will be there exactly coincide with Akelarre's anual vacation. Based on things I've read here, I'm not super into Mugaritz for this trip (since we'll only have one big meal, I hesitate from so many people saying the dishes are so hit-or-miss) and the reviews of Arzak aren't that glowing. Open to Etxebarri or MB, too—Celler and Sant Pau just came off as more of a treat. Thoughts?

Mar 14, 2013
shipshape in Spain/Portugal