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Friday, October 4, 2013

East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

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I recently had dinner with my coworkers at East Japanese restaurant, a...Japanese (duh!) restaurant located Midtown Manhattan. I was excited to go there try some unusual dishes, far from the regular sushi and sashimi. The place has nothing very particular, besides the karaoke upstairs (!) and its layout that is long...After passing few tables, there is a counter were you can sit to admire the dexterity of the Chefs.
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Next to it is the kitchen, and then few tables in the back. 
image of Green tea at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

After ordering some sake (cold), and a cup of green tea, we placed our order. 

image of Sake at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

We first decided to share some appetizers. We started off with the spicy tuna carpaccio.
image of Spicy Tuna Carpaccio at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

It was served with salmon roe, avocado (ripe) and spicy mayo (quite spicy in fact). This was a great appetizer, both presentation wise with all the colors, and taste wise. I think that raw tuna and a ripe avocado pair perfectly, the avocado adding some smoothness and enhancing the taste of the tuna, the samon roe adding some texture.

The second appetizer was broil squid (yaki ika).
image of Yaki Ika or broil squid at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

The presentation was appetizing for sure!



image of Yaki Ika or broil squid at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York
The squid was tender and had a nice char to it. If you like squid, do not miss this fantastic dish!

The last appetizer was shrimp gyoza. 
image of shrimp gyoza at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

I admit hat it was the first time I tried a shrimp gyoza; usually, it is either vegetable or pork. The gyoza were good, not greasy, with a nice shrimp taste.

Then, for the entree, I decided to go with the eel, specifically a dish called "Hitsumabushi” that is from Nagoya, a city in Western Japan:

image of Hitsumabushi at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

It was eel over rice with sweet steamed egg cubes (tamago yaki) and edamame.
image of Hitsumabushi at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

It came with a bunch of condiments such as wasabi and chopped scallion:
image of wasabi and chopped scallions at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

Toasted sesame seeds:
image of Toasted sesame seeds at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

Japanese "oshinko": pickled cucumber, carrots and eggplant.
image of oshinko at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

Shredded shiso mint leaves:
image of shredded shiso mint leaves at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

Spinach, enoki mushrooms and edamame:
image of Spinach, enoki mushrooms and edamame at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

Shredded nori seaweed:
image of nori seaweed at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

The way you eat it is by putting a little bit of everything in a small bowl and then add some broth:
image of Hitsumabushi at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

It was delicious and full of flavors, between the dense and meaty taste of the eel, the sweetness of the egg cubes, the edamame and the various condiments I put in it, trying each time to make it different!

I also tried the chirashi that is made of various raw fish over rice:
image of chirashi at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

As well as the shabu-shabu, a Japanese dish where you will cook thin slices of meat in boiling water.
image of Shabu Shabu at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

This was beef shabu-shabu:
image of Shabu Shabu at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

That came with a bunch of veggies:
image of Shabu Shabu at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

Et voila!

image of Shabu Shabu at East Japanese Restaurant in NYC, New York

I had a good time and the food was fantastic! This is definitely a good address to know for Japanese cuisine!

Enjoy (I did)!

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