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  1. Grub Guides
    Where to Find New York’s Thirteen Coolest Izakayas, New and OldCherry, Chez Sardine, Sake Bar Hagi, and more.
  2. Trimmings
    What in the World Is This Thing Outside of Kenka Now?It’s the trippiest thing we’ve seen on St. Marks since the hallucinogenic pimp cup.
  3. Openings
    Takoyaki Twofer: Ichibantei Opens, Kenka ReturnsThe latest East Village octopus ball news.
  4. Temporary Closings
    Health Department Busts Kenka’s BallsOne of the city’s most popular Japanese destinations has been shut down.
  5. What to Eat
    Slimy Specials: Cod Sperm at Zenkichi and Pickled Baby Squid at HagiAcquired tastes at local izakayas.
  6. Stunts
    Post–Hill Country Challenge, Where Can You Eat Big for Free?At Kenka, the jumbo curry is free if you finish it within twenty minutes.
  7. Back of the House
    We Solve Traver Rains’s Testicle TroublesSo designer Traver Rains of Heatherette can’t get cow balls here in New York? Well, why didn’t he ask us? Not that we are enthusiasts of the crinkly treats; the things have little taste and the gnarliest of textures (think of calves brains, but chewier). However, if the famished designer really wants them, they can be had. Ali frequently serves the dish at Astoria’s Kebab Café, and we’ve heard that they can be found occasionally at Kenka, the East Village izakaya that seems to specialize in weird bits and pieces. The ultimate place for this kind of thing, though, is probably A Fan Ti, a Flushing restaurant that has every part of the lamb and goat from the eyes to the oysters. As for the traditional Wild West breaded prairie oyster? That still hasn’t come to New York. Maybe a profitable new sideline for Heatherette? Related: Traver Rains Loves Him Some Cow Balls [Daily Intel]