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Hakata Tonton, NYC

While Hakata Tonton in the West Village is one of my favorite spots to sit down for a casual, authentic Japanese meal, it’s also a great place to grub on some late night snacks if you’re in the area…

Shrimp tempura and grilled foie gras “sushi”…



Kanpachi sashimi…


My favorite dish, their grilled pork cheeks…


Surf clam with chili oil…


Grilled pork belly…



And another order of pork cheeks for good measure…


Tonton tends to be pretty packed, even late night, but sometimes you can walk in and get lucky and score a seat at their counter. Always better to call ahead though…


61 Grove St., NYC


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Black Iron Burger & Beer, NYC


New York City’s newest burger joint just opened up right down the street from my apartment and I was feeling well enough today to venture outside for lunch. Here’s a look…


We went with their house burger, the Black Iron Burger, two 4oz. all natural American beef patties topped with horseradish cheddar, stout caramelized grilled onions and their special horseradish mayo on a toasted brioche…


I just naturally figured the burger would come with lettuce, tomato and onion, but it didn’t, which is a mistake, in my opinion…


This was a DAMN GOOD BURGER! But the blend of the horseradish cheese AND horseradish mayo was a little too overpowering, in both spiciness and creaminess, and some raw vegetables would have really helped cut through all that nicely. Plus, the double layers of meat, cheese and onions got to be kind of one-note in texture, and every burger needs some kind of crunch, which some crisp lettuce would have provided beautifully.

That said, I was really impressed by what was between the buns and on the plate here. Black Iron Burger is off to an impressive start! I’ll definitely be heading back!!


245 W. 38th St.

NY, NY 10018


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Ivan Ramen’s Corn Noodle Tsukemen

For the first time ever, ramen maestro Ivan Orkin is offering a noodle other than his trademark rye!

Toasted corn noodles, made in cooperation with the fine folks at Sun Noodle, are available now as an off-menu item at Ivan Ramen on Clinton St.

These late summer noodles are served cold, as tsukemen, topped with roasted tomatoes and grilled char siu pork, accompanied by a rich, creamy corn broth for dipping!

While the corn soup is a seasonal, Ivan says he’s extremely happy with the noodles and is looking to keep them on his menu while varying up the side bowls of broth.

There are a limited number of bowls of Ivan’s Corn Noodle Tsukemen available at the moment each day, so get there early!


25 Clinton St.

NY, NY 10002


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Singlecut Beersmiths, Queens, NY


Singlecut is a new brewery and tap room operating out in Astoria; the first microbrewery to open in Queens since Prohibition ended in 1933!


The name “single cut” comes from a body style of guitar, and as they explain on their website, the guys and gals at Singlecut are “music centric and try to embody Rock ‘n Roll in all aspects of our brewery”, as is apparent in their decor…


All their tap handles are guitar necks and all their beers are named after famous guitar players…


Except their flagship beer, 19-33, which is not only the year Prohibition ended, but also their address.


We started with a few pints one afternoon…


But then moved into flights so we could cover more ground…


My favorites were both of Singlecut’s sour beers, the MAD MICHAEL, a Flying V Sour Lagrrr, and KIM, their Hibiscus Sour Lagrrr. (They confirmed KIM was named after Soundgaden guitarist Kim Thayil.)

They also offer a limited food menu with different types of pretzels, sausages and meat pies that pair perfectly with their brews. We went with a platter of local charcuterie…


All excellent, especially the smoked bacon!

Singlecut is about a fifteen minute walk from Ditmars Blvd station, the last stop on the N or Q lines, and their beers are definitely worth making the trip out to Queens for!


19-33 37th St.

Astoria, NY 11105


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The Pony Bar, NYC

The Pony Bar in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen is of course best known for their 20 rotating taps of amazing American craft beer. However, the often eclectic selection of brews sometimes overshadows the interesting edible items you can find on the menu there, particularly their bar snacks. Here’s a look…

Chicken-stuffed Buffalo Pierogies…

Deep Fried Horseradish Pickles with “Chris Ryan’s” ranch dressing…

And their OUTSTANDING Beer-Battered Green Bean Tempura with Asian Mustard…

They have a full array of excellent sandwiches as well!


637 10th Ave.

NY, NY 10036


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They say “food is art”, which I truly believe, and I love it when great art is in turn used to promote cool new food projects, like the two you see here.

Chef Alex Stupak is using that haunting piece by artist Sylvia Ji to announce the launch of his third Empellon eatery, Al Pastor!

Chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson announced their new fast food concept, loco’l, with the second piece of more urban art you see above. (I am still waiting for confirmation on the artist.)

Hope to see more vibrant visuals as the food and art worlds continue to collide!

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