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  1. the dish
    Bumu’s Rabbit Tsukune Is a Desert-Island MeatballYou dip it in carrot-BBQ sauce.
  2. openings
    Joaquin Baca’s Teo Is Reborn (Sort of) in Greenwich VillageThe izakaya-style restaurant called Būmu will open in the former Neta space.
  3. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Izakayas in New YorkSpending an evening at one of the city’s izakayas — a.k.a. Japanese gastropubs — is one of the most transportive things you can do in this city.
  4. The Grub Street Diet
    Model Ali Michael Has a Thing for Burnt Food“Someone tells me it’s some kind of quinoa burger. I eat it, and I guess it had quinoa in it, but I really have no idea.”
  5. Maple and Miso
    Taavo Somer Opening 14-Seat Japanese-Canadian Sports Bar Under BarbershopHockey pucks and yakitori ducks.
  6. Openings
    What to Eat at MaisonO, Tadashi Ono’s New Izakaya in the Old Kenmare SpaceThe izakaya takes some design cues from a 1977 Japanese cult horror movie.
  7. Grub Guides
    Where to Find New York’s Thirteen Coolest Izakayas, New and OldCherry, Chez Sardine, Sake Bar Hagi, and more.
  8. Openings
    What to Eat and Drink at The Saint James, Opening This Afternoon on the MainThe new restaurant sets the bar a little bit higher for suburban dining.
  9. Openings
    Izakaya Dodom Pa Now Open in Former Hachember SpaceWill the seemingly cursed space have a viable tenant at last?
  10. Empire Building
    Khyber Izakaya Iz-A-Coming to South Philly Soon!The long promised izakaya and sushi spot from the Khyber crew has finally found a home.
  11. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Khyber Teases Shadowy ‘Royal Sushi & Izakaya Pop-Up’There are very few clues about the mysterious pop-up the Khyber is teasing.
  12. Coming Soon
    Khyber to Revert to Khyber Pass Pub and The City’s ‘Best BeerThe storied Old City bar will revert back to its original name and feature craft beer and southern-inspired cuisine.
  13. Accolades
    Esquire Says Keep an Eye on Michael SchulsonIs “funky” really an appropriate word for describing a bar?
  14. Coming Soon
    It’s Southbound for the KhyberSeems as if plans for an izakaya are no longer in the works.
  15. The Other Critics
    Craft Casts A Spell on S. Irene Virbila; Gold Talks Taco Town at TingaGold also drops a walloping rumor about Guelaguetza’s future in Palms.
  16. Celebrity Settings
    Kat Von D and Jesse James Snuggle at Pinches Tacos; Glee Star Eats WithThe tatted lovers might have finally met their perfect match, even if their tastes in tacos is unappealing.
  17. Chef Shuffle
    Khyber Snags Former Ro-Zu ChefThe chef’s involvement surely brings some cred to the project.
  18. Bars
    Khyber to Go Izakaya In SeptemberThe once great rock club will be transformed into a Japanese-style pub.
  19. Deals
    Michael Schulson Is Cold Lampin’ at SampanSchulson’s happy hour menu ups the ante for hanging out at the Graffiti Bar.
  20. Closings
    West L.A. Losing Terried Sake HouseAfter 25 years, owner Katsuhiko Terada is moving to Canada.
  21. Openings
    Izakaya Fu-Ga Opens in Little TokyoDowntown gets a new Japanese eatery with a few twists.
  22. What to Eat
    Slimy Specials: Cod Sperm at Zenkichi and Pickled Baby Squid at HagiAcquired tastes at local izakayas.
  23. Openings
    Nombe Gets Liquor LicenseNew izakaya in the Mission now serving beer, sake, and shochu cocktails along with their small plates.
  24. Openings
    Chodorow Names Izakaya After Canine With Giant BallsWhat is a tanuki, anyway?
  25. Openings
    Williamsburg Gets New IzakayaIts name might suggest ninja activity!
  26. Mediavore
    Car Plows Into Hop Kee; Neroni Keeps SpinningA car plows into the venerable Hop Kee restaurant in Chinatown. The restaurant is damaged, and one person is hurt. [Downtown Express] Izakaya invasion! The city now boasts everything from simple sake joints with food to full-blown small-plate restaurants. [NYDN] The official Times take on the Neroni Affair includes this classic quote, in defense of the Desperate Chef: “If Marco didn’t want anyone signing checks, including Jason, he should have put the checkbook in the safe.” [NYT]
  27. Back of the House
    Eating Out With Tim Zagat; the Littlest FeinschmeckersWhat’s it like to eat dinner with Tim Zagat? Something akin to eating with royalty. [Slate] As Texas and New Haven fight it out for the title of who invented the hamburger, Grub Street’s editor weighs in. [LAT] How did eating and diet get so complicated? Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and one of the guys who helped make it so complicated, sorts it all out. [NYT]
  28. Openings
    Another ‘Izakaya,’ to Our Chicken Heart’s Delight Following the lead of newcomers Izakaya Ten and Zenkichi, the once-formal Takayama has reinvented itself as Ariyoshi, an izakaya with a sushi bar boasting a lengthy menu of tempura, yakitori, noodles, and assorted plates like veal-liver sashimi. Though sake barrels and light boxes decorated with bamboo give the narrow, high-ceilinged space a serene vibe a world away from the noisy Japanese St. Marks dives (there’s also a small private room in the back), the prices are reasonable: $2 for two gelatinous hunks of beef tendon in a stock of octopus, egg, radish, and tofu (there are ten other varieties of oden stew, too), and $2 for a skewer of salted chicken hearts. The toro tartar, one of the priciest dishes at $13, is a tuna portion large enough to feed two, topped by a quail egg sitting in a nest of flying-fish eggs. They’re not serving cod sperm yet, but the manager says he’s considering it. —Daniel Maurer Ariyoshi, 806 Broadway, nr. 12th St., 212-388-1884.
  29. In the Magazine
    Increase Your Virility, Foodie CredIn this week’s magazine, Rob and Robin sing the praises of cod milt, also known as shirako, also known as kiku, also known as — okay, no getting around it — cod sperm. If this gets your mouth watering, you might also be interested to know that Kenka, home to the most coveted 8 p.m. tables among Japanese hipsters, lists bull’s penis on its manga-inspired specials menu (turkey testicles are sometimes also available). We’ve never seen grilled chicken ovaries (or “balls on a string” as Japanese children call the skewered treats) at American yakitori vendors, but let’s hope that changes now that izakayas (and cod sperm) are having their moment. — Daniel Maurer Shirako Season [NYM]