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"Game Changer" restaurants for an NYC trip

Definitely Atera!
Daniel is stuffy and lame--the food has fallen off majorly.
Del Posto is good but not great and vastly overpriced. Would recommend Casa Lever over it, but nothing cutting edge either.

I actually really like Le Bernadin too, I don't think many places seafood places on the west coast compete at this level.

Acme is great food albeit not a game changer...
Takashi is a unique take on Yaki-niku I haven't seen anywhere else.
Torrisi's
Kin Shop style Thai food is very NY.
Red Farm
ABC

Aug 02, 2012
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Where do you dine at least once a month?

Sushi Yasuda
Fedora
Cafe Cluny
Grand Sichuan
The Smith

Aug 01, 2012
tokyosalaryman in Manhattan

Where do French expats go for French food?

Several of my French friends actually like Bar Boulud.
I've also seen/heard groups of French people at Buvette when I have been there.

Aug 01, 2012
tokyosalaryman in Manhattan

Want to have a party at a DINER

Thanks.
Now thinking of Clinton St Baking Co....really like how small it is.

Nov 03, 2010
tokyosalaryman in Manhattan

Want to have a party at a DINER

Thanks for the recommendations everyone.
Walkers is a little more pub-like than what I'm looking for, and I like DINER in Williamsburg, but most people at the party live in Manhattan so I would prefer to keep it close to home.

Hadn't heard of The Diner in Chelsea.
Also looking at the Sullivan Diner, and Square Diner in Tribeca.
Has anyone been to Remedy Diner on the LES? What did you think of it?

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Square Diner
33 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013

Remedy Diner
245 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Nov 02, 2010
tokyosalaryman in Manhattan

Want to have a party at a DINER

Hey does anyone have any good recommendations for Diners or Diner like restaurants--preferably downtown---that could accommodate a large group for a birthday party?

Looking for something with a fun atmosphere, and preferably a layout that would allow for people to hang around, mingle, sit and eat if they want, drink, everything.

Obviously needs to serve booze.

Done something similar at the Village Den in the W.Village, but its kind of sterile in there, looking for something with a little more personality. Also like The Smith in the East Village, but maybe looking for a little more intimate, to possibly rent out completely.

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Village Den
225 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011

Oct 28, 2010
tokyosalaryman in Manhattan

Maisen Tonkatsu Specialist in Tokyo - Perceptor's Report

I used to hate tonkatsu sandwiches too, but now I've converted.
even eat the conbini variety.
best eaten on the shinkansen with can beer.

Feb 16, 2009
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Beer

Premimum Malts and Yebisu Premium are better than the big three.
I used to like Asahi super dry, but now I prefer a very cold Sapporo.

Feb 04, 2009
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Ginza French under 10000yen

not so much "insisting", rather its the only option since we all work during the day and the party is scheduled in the evening. thanks anyway.

Feb 04, 2009
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Ginza French under 10000yen

yeah, would like to go to L'Osier, but like Robb said, dinner starts from Y 19,000.

I will look into Tateru Yoshino, thanks.

Feb 02, 2009
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Ginza French under 10000yen

I am looking for a French restaurant in the Ginza area with a course menu for under 10000 yen.
This does not have to include wine. Does anyone have any specific recommendations?

I like Beige, if that serves as a reference points but its obviously outside the budget for this event. Bistro style is actually ok too.

Not really interested in Paul Bocuse or L'Ecrin.

Feb 01, 2009
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Sashimi with Soy Sauce, Sesame Seeds, and Chives

try with a little ginger and sesame oil instead.

Apr 10, 2008
tokyosalaryman in Recipes

Anyone on the board from Okinawa or going there?

I lived in Okinawa for about 2 and a half years.
Didn't appreciate the food enough while I lived there. Fortunately, I live in Tokyo so I can still find restaurants serving decent goya champuru, sata andagi, and orion beer if I'm really lucky.

Jan 08, 2008
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Eating While Dating

I think this is pretty BAD advice actually.
Just because you should be yourself on a first date doesn't mean that you shouldn't try your best to make a good first impression. Sure I like garlic and normally wouldn't think twice about ordering a dish with some in it...but I also wouldn't normally think twice about wearing my favorite old t-shirt out to a casual restuarant, that doesn't mean you should do it on a first date.

Just avoid the smelly stuff, the spicy stuff, the messy stuff, put on a clean shirt, and share desert. Works like a charm.

Jan 06, 2008
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Report Back - Grand Central Oyster Bar

Cheap! Oysters start around 250. Probably total 4000 without booze. Sure, its not super budget style but decent prices for an oyster place. Despite being pretty unsophisticated its pretty popular though, good to have reservations.

Dec 11, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

NEW! Curry Database

ooh. manten, I like it too.
And the Tokyo Curry Lab is cool http://coolboom.net/en/2007/07/30/tok...

Dec 11, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Report Back - Grand Central Oyster Bar

a little unrelated but I have another oyster recommendation.
This place http://www.oysterbar.jp/english/tokyo... its no dining "destination" in terms of decor and whatnot but the oysters have always been good and of decent variety. The wine list is alright too.
Also Maimon http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g398512/ is a slick date spot.

Dec 10, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Does Raw Cookie Dough Rise in Your Stomach?

I eat raw eggs here (in Tokyo) all the time. And so does everyone I know. I've never heard of anyone ever getting sick from it.

Dec 09, 2007
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Tachinomiya

Definitely agree. Most places packed with just suits and clouds of smoke don't do it for me. But if I see some OLs toughing it out I know the food is worth it.

Dec 03, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Some Tachinomi-ya in Tokyo

Great stuff, thanks a lot.
Also, near Hachobori, this place Maru, is really popular and almost crowded after the later work rush. Its attached to a liquor store with a pretty good wine selection. You can purchase a wine and have them open it for a 500 yen fee. Pretty good food too.
http://tomosnetwork.web.infoseek.co.j... (Japanese)

Dec 02, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Cuban food

There is a cuban restaurant in roppongi Bodeguita....dunno is they have they serve a "real" cuban sandwich though. Maybe you could ask them for ideas on where to buy legit ingredients?

http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/rstdtl/130... (Japanese)
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/... (English)

Nov 29, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Nabura Roppongi

I agree. Sure Roppongi has a bad rep. But its coming up in the world and with some high-brow options in Midtown and Roppongi its not just the gaijin playground it used to be. Personally I try and avoid restaurants in these massive complexes (or in hotels for that matter)...I just prefer the stand alone place, it feels different and authentic. Either way, you can't argue with some of the big names those places have attracted.

I would say that not going to a restaurant in Roppongi just because there are a bunch of obnoxious ex-pat clubs, bars, etc. is pretty ridiculous. I know tons of Japanese people who recommend places there all the time. And when I get there to eat, often times I'm the only 白人 in sight.

Sure, the average Japanese person will denounce Roppongi as the sleazy tourist frat party that, admittedly, it can become at night...but a lot of the Japanse people that say that kind of thing have never even really been there, or been there recently, or even heard of some of the great restaurants in the area. They are missing out, and since its keeps the crowds down, its all the better.

Nov 29, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Tachinomiya

>>Have you tried cruising along the train along the "ガード下" from Tokyo to Shinbashi?

Good idea.

Nov 29, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Tachinomiya

oh, and I've heard this http://www.konakara.com/top.html oden place is pretty good. Anyone been?

Nov 29, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Tachinomiya

Hmm. Thanks for the recommendations. I've been to both Bongout and Buri. Both decent but to be honest I try to stay clear of the places with more gaijin than salarymen. Like most places, I find the food is better and drinks cheaper at unknown spots. Its easier to meet people as well.
Anyway, I work in the tokyo-yurakucho-nihonbashi area so anything around there is probably a good bet.

Oden stalls have been in Nihonbashi-Hachobori area. Unfortunately not really in easy to describe places, but maybe if you wander around (terrible plan, I know) you could find some.

Nov 29, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Hakodate, Hokkaido eating plan

I used to live in Hakodate and can vouch for the seafood there. The squid is like nothing else in Japan...I'll never forget one place I went where a girl in a kimono walked into our room with a live squirming, squiggling, squid then neatly placed it on a cutting board and proceeded to make sashimi out of it. Cruel maybe but wicked fresh.
I lived with a host family who took me to some of the best restaurants I have been to in Japan (but unfortunately I only know where they are and nothing about their names, etc). Either way, just try and hit some of the smaller sushi shops--pass on anything with more than 10-12 seats and stick to small simple but clean places. Sit at the counter and let the chef work his magic.
Of course Lucky Pierrot is great hangover food. And by the bay, Hakodate Beer has a standard wannabe-german-beer hall menu but some great drinking options. Also, shio-ramen and uni are pretty famous in Hakodate too.
Have fun.

Nov 28, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan

Tachinomiya

Does anyone have a tachinomiya that they really like/recommend?
There is one that I sometimes hit after work on the walk home in the (Hachobori/Nihonbashi) area but I don't know the name. Its always crowded. The specialty is kushiage and they use very fresh ingredients and do everything well and rather cheaply. They also make some burdock root chips which are fried perfection.

Also...I've seen some Oden yatai (street stalls) around town lately. I can't get enough daikon, but I can't stand those chikuwa fish-stick things. Anyway, these stands are a great place to sit down and meet people.

Nov 28, 2007
tokyosalaryman in Japan