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Eat Bar Masa’s Fried Fugu — We Double-Dog Dare You

Fugu, or the flesh of the blowfish, can be deadly if prepared the wrong way, as anyone who has seen the Simpsons episode where Homer is given 24 hours to live after having it served to him by an inexperienced chef can attest. (Actually, he’s given 22 — says Dr. Hibbert: “I’m sorry I kept you waiting so long.”)

You Bring the Booze; Micro Sushi Joint Brings the Sexy

Note to new sushi joints: Why not skip the cookie-cutter blonde-wood stuff and get hyphy with it, like the two-week-old Genji? Chef Miji, who rolled rice in Tokyo for 30 years, can now be found wiggling to dreamy, upbeat J-pop behind the three-seat bar of his new restaurant, which is situated on the upwardly mobile, far-east stretch of 14th Street. Miji’s offering up heaping servings of sweet, chilled uni from California; Botan, a jumbo Japanese shrimp that’s split into a slithery sashimi tail and a salty tempura head; and a delicate mash of rock shrimp, salmon, and cod paste. For those disinclined to try the seafood, there’s also yakitori skewers and soba and udon soups. Genji’s four-month struggle for a wine and sake license isn’t resolved yet, so BYO. —Daniel Maurer Genji Sushi, 424-A E. 14th St. at First Ave.; 212-388-1127