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Beyond Sushi: 10 Places To Eat Incredible Japanese Food In New York City

Soba, shumai and matzo ball ramen beckon
Oct 8, 2014 10:00 am

Think about Japanese food in New York City and chances are the first thing that pops in your head is sushi. The fact remains, however, that there’s a lot more to Japanese cuisine than raw fish on rice, and NYC is a prime example of just how diverse the food really is. From freshly made soba noodles to unique cuts of grilled beef to matzo ball ramen, there is a ton of quality Japanese food — both traditional and contemporary, authentic and authentically inauthentic — to be found in the Big Apple. Here are 10 of our favorite places for non-sushi Japanese food in New York City.

There Is Now A Third Use For Condoms! Thanks, Japanese Cookbook!

"Condom Meals I Want To Make For You." Great.
Sep 25, 2014 11:00 am

This new cookbook out of Japan is awesome while also being equally gross (and more than likely a joke). Not even the most enthusiastic safe sex advocate is going to stuff sushi fixins into a poor defenseless rubber and present it to their love — that is the opposite of the customarily romantic gesture of a home-cooked meal. See for yourself.

Is The Ramen Boom Over In Japan?

Once an obsession, the novelty has worn off
Aug 12, 2014 2:00 pm

Think about Japanese food and chances are that a bowl of piping hot ramen noodles comes to mind. And why wouldn’t it? Ramen is definitely having a moment in the United States. Despite its newfound global presence, however, there is one place that has seen a dip in the dish’s popularity: Japan. Read on.

This Japanese Shop Makes Watermelon Bagels For Some Reason

Bagel & Bagel slowly tortures a New York legend
Aug 8, 2014 9:00 am

Sometimes Asian takes on "foreign" food go very right. Then there's Japan's Bagel & Bagel, whose regular bagels sound terrible and seasonal bagels sound worse. Their new treat, the watermelon bagel, is colored and flavored with watermelon juice and studded with chocolate chip "seeds." You know you want more terrible details. We've got 'em. 

Meet Monsieur Yamashita, The Japanese Farmer Of Choice For Top Chefs In Paris

To get his niche greens, you need a Michelin star
Jul 7, 2014 1:00 pm

Asafumi Yamashita abandoned a career in boxing and semi-professional golf in Tokyo to move to Paris and set up a backyard farm to cultivate Japanese produce. Since then, he has become one of most sought-after farmers in the world, catering exclusively to seven of the best chefs in the world.

DJ Neil Armstrong Gives Us A Tour Of The Regional Foods Of Nagoya And Okinawa

Pork katsu, grilled unagi don porn, right this way
Jun 16, 2014 1:00 pm

DJ Neil Armstrong needs no introduction for hip-hop fans. We asked Neil to keep a travel journal on his recent trip to the Japanese regions of Nagoya and Okinawa. Read on for crunchy fried pork cutlets and some of the most delicious-looking rice bowls we've ever seen.

Noma Tokyo Pop-Up Reservations To Open June 23. And There's A Secret Way To Book.

René Redzepi decamps to Japan in January
Jun 16, 2014 10:44 am

When Copenhagen’s Noma was awarded the heady title of world’s best restaurant during a splashy ceremony in April — the fourth time in five years — it once again anointed chef-owner RenĂ© Redzepi as keeper of the most-exclusive reservation book on the planet. Reserving a table at Noma can be like scoring a bottle of highly prized Pappy Van Winkle 23. Money alone won’t necessarily get the job done — there’s luck and connections involved. So when it was announced that Noma was literally taking its show in the road for a month-long residency in Japan, there was great excitement to figure out who, what, where…and how much.

DJ Neil Armstrong Ate Robot Sushi, Went Fishing Inside A Tokyo Restaurant

Epic Instagrammer just got back from Japan. Whoa.
Apr 21, 2014 4:00 pm

DJ Neil Armstrong needs no introduction to hip-hop enthusiasts. He was Jay-Z's touring DJ for all of 2008 and 2009 has shared the stage with the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Timbaland in a storied career. Neil recently took over our Instagram during a four-week trip to Asia and it turns out that music is not his only flavor. We caught up to discuss how Japan's culinary scene is much more diverse than you might expect. Read on.

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