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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”…

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Kanpachi sashimi…

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My favorite dish, their grilled pork cheeks…

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Surf clam with chili oil…

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Grilled pork belly…

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And another order of pork cheeks for good measure…

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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…

HAKATA TONTON

61 Grove St., NYC

212-242-3699

http://www.tontonnyc.com/

Filed under NYC Manhattan West Village Japanese Tonton pork sushi sashimi clam pork belly pork cheek shrimp tempura foie gras

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Valentine’s Day Dinner 2014

Mutsumi and I started our romantic evening at home with an ode to Estela’s endive salad…

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We tried it at Chef Ignacio Mattos’ new New York restaurant last week and loved it! Endives topped simply with chopped anchovies, walnuts, olive oil, fresh squeezed orange juice & zest, and parmesan cheese…

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Next up were baby octopi simply fried in oil and garlic…

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Then, as the main course, Mutsumi made a simpler version of her Crawfish Monica, going with rigatoni in a spicy cream sauce with shrimp…

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Love for food was in the air!

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Albert Street Prawn Noodles, Sinagpore

Friday’s BBQ chicken wing post had me waxing nostalgic about the Old Airport Road hawker center so I went back and realized I never posted about Albert Street’s prawn mee…

Albert Street is actually a handful of stalls down from Hai Fatt BBQ on the outside row of Old Airport Road closest to the street…

The owner has been making the same noodles for the last 51 years!

Three large, delicious prawns in a sweet and spicy shrimp soup…

With thick egg noodles and crispy fried shallots….

This would be the perfect dish for a cold day… but as it never gets cold in Singapore, it’s the perfect dish for ANY day!

OLD AIRPORT ROAD FOOD CENTRE

19 Old Airport Rd

Singapore 390019

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New Year’s Eve at Kyo Ya

As is our annual tradition, Mutsumi and I had a quiet New Year’s Eve at Kyo Ya, enjoying dinner with our favorite chef, Chikara Sono. Here’s a look at how we closed out 2013…

Started with an amuse bouche of cured Spanish mackerel from South Carolina…

Shirako in ponzu, which is “milt,  as folks now prefer it’s called… :)

Roasted gingko nuts were back in season, these imported from Akita prefecture…

Red sea cucumber…

With mixed daikon oroshi and key lime…

Hokkaido hairy crab…

You have to place pre-orders for these every June in the hopes the cold waters off Japan’s northern most island will yield enough bounty…

Sono-san was lucky enough to get twelve crabs in this year put one aside for us, brains and all…

Dinner was accompanied by a limited edition Dassai 23 New Year’s sake…

A bit cloudy, Sakurai-san from Dassai recommended it be served in wine glasses…

Kampai!

Omakase sashimi, with more Spanish mackerel, live Hokkaido octopus, Santa Barbare sea urchin, Tasmanian salmon, Canadian otoro, Kumamoto aji and “local “ishigakidai” from Long Island…

Fried soft shell shrimp with burdock root…

And a braised red snapper head…

I went for a second round of sashimi…

Before moving into a plate of traditional year end toshi koshi soba…

We ordered two sets…

Mine served with roast duck soup…

Here’s to more amazing meals in 2014!

KYO YA

94 East 7th Street, off 1st Ave.

New York, NY 10009

212-982-4140

Filed under NYC Japan Japanese sashimi shrimp crab omakase

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Mutsumi found some lovely giant prawns at Eataly the other day. They grilled up perfectly with a little salt and tasted great with a scallion and garlic dipping sauce.

The trick is to put skewers through their bodies before you grill them so they keep their shape in the heat!

Filed under home cooking shrimp prawns grilled seafood