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  1. Hakodate is about as miserable as Cape May. And Glay is so 90s. He's could be the Ricky Martin of J-Pop.
  2. I've seen tidbits of "Ore no Furenchi" on TV. Seems like a nifty concept. "Ore" is just the colloquial form of "I" in most informal situations (even heard among schoolgirls), and where self-important salary-men would use it in conversation with their subordinates. Also, I don't think the seafood at Tsukiji reaches most supermarkets. Tsukiji's reach is to restaurants and higher-end food suppliers and markets. I understand that supermarkets get their goods at the Ota-ku wholesale market (the other big wholesale market in Tokyo). That's also the place where you can get fed. As for eating at Tsukiji, that's what the outer market is for.
  3. Sure, the LIRR might be convenient from Penn Station, but I thought Abby was driving from Brooklyn. Makes more sense to hop on the BQE to the Grand Central to Northern Blvd. Without traffic, it's a quick drive.
  4. If you haven't been yet, you should go to Tong Samgyeop Gui http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/01/flushing-pork-belly-at-tong-samgyeop-gui.html Or Mapo BBQ http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/09/mapo-bbq-in-murray-hill-queens-korean-best-kalbi.html
  5. In Japan, a lot of people are surprised to find out that Groupon isn't a Japanese concept. Groupon Japan!!! You mean the ad? Yeah, well, I don't think Groupon is going to work here unless they figure out Japanese standards of conduct. Tabelog is no groupon though, it's like Yelp if Yelp was written by Japanese people - other than a couple of small biases for value and quaintness their scores are very reliable. Most useful of all though is the fact that they show you a picture of the facade or sign for the restaurant, which you really learn appreciate after circling the block a couple of times. That's one thing that's improved dramatically in Tokyo btw (not so much in Kyoto yet) - if you walk around with an iPhone or similar you spend very little time being lost. I meant that ad I've managed to get more lost then I ever thought I could in Tokyo. It really the only city I've ever been where I just had to acknowledge I was totally fucking clueless.
  6. Fair enough. In your original statement, you seemed to be blaming the food, rather than admitting that it doesn't match your palate, and reducing the world of tonkatsu to just a form of schnitzel (and I love a good wiener schnitzel). I suppose you can say sushi is just raw fish on rice. What's the big deal? Like with many simple foods (e.g., sushi or BBQ or fried pork), there's an alchemy that happens when all the right ingredients are put together with care and craftsmanship. Tonkatsu is no different from my perspective. If there's a place to give it a try, it's probably in Tokyo, but you probably shouldn't go to extremes to get it since it seems you'll have a packed itinerary as it is. Enjoy the food that you know you'll love. Maybe try some Tokyo specialties at some old-school places like monjyayaki, or dojounabe (though not in the hot summer), or the dozens of new style ramen that's exploding all over Tokyo.
  7. I can think of about 10-15 other tonkatsu restaurants that come highly recommended (like Tonki, Ponta Honke, Hirata Bokujo) and I'm sure there are more if I investigated further. What you're asking is analogous to visiting NYC in search of a burger and deciding to go to Old Homestead or one of the Boulud places for their over-the-top burgers with foie gras and truffles, etc. Are these burgers going to give you a real taste of NYC or just something over the top? I guess that's for you to decide. I have nothing against Butagumi in Tokyo, and certainly want to give it a try, but what they're offering is a chance to have the best pork available in the world and frying it up, cutlet style. Gimmicky? Maybe. It reminds me of Sushi Yasuda in NYC and his thing for a horizontal tasting of a single fish (tuna, eel, or what have you) from different parts of the world. Again, if that's your thing, go for it. Most places in Japan won't offer these kind of choices. You get their "osusume" (or recommended) dishes, and if it's tonkatsu, different shops offer slightly different "kodawari" or specialty style of offering, whether it's the source of their ingredients, or in their preparation. If you believe tonkatsu is just pork schnitzel, then it's probably not for you.
  8. Gold discovered Jitlada? It was mentioned on LTH and Chowhound long before Gold got in on the action.
  9. Which of these places has the best turkey sandwich, dry, on white toast. There are a bunch of Mexican delis where you can get that. I was going to mention my favorite, but it just closed.
  10. For some reason, I thought this thread was limited to Astoria, but if you're talking about Queens in general, then that opens a lot more doors. For instance: La Esquina, La Fusta, La Porteña, Parrillada Mi Tío, El Gauchito, Esquina Criolla, Chivito d'Oro, plus a few other places for Argentine. Some offer sandwiches at lunch. The Uruguayan places have chivito sandwiches. Not Chinese per se, but Tangra Masala, and Tangra Asian Fusion for Indian-Chinese Himilayan Yak, Shangri-La, Mustang Thakali, and several of the momo counters around Jackson Heights for Nepali food Southern Spice, Kababish, Roti Boti, Kabab King, Spicy Mina, Deshi Biryani, Mehfil, Dosa Diner, Delhi Heights, Maharaja Sweets, among many others for south asian/Indian food. Punto Fijo, El Sol, Las Delicias, Chifa Union, Anzuelo Fino, the place that replaced Inti Raymi, for Peruvian. Pio Pio, Peking Chicken, or Casa del Pollo Peruano if you want just chicken. Renee's, Ihawan, Engeline's, for Filipino Chao Thai, Nusara, Ploy Thai, Ayada, My Thai, Boon Chu, Zabb, Poodam's, for an alternative to Sripraphai Horcon Bistro or El Arrayan for Chilean Zum Stammtisch or Von Westernhagen in Glendale for old-school German in Archie Bunker's neighborhood. In addition to the Bosnian places in Astoria, Bosna Express in Ridgewood Han Sol Nutrition Center, Kyedong, Kyochon, Bon Chon, Arirang, Jang Tur, Myun Dong Noodles, San Soo Kap San, Sam Won Gak, Ham Ji Bak, BCD Tofu House, Bon Jook, Sol Bawoo, You Chun, Sik Gaek, Tong Sam Gyup Goo Ee, among the many other places to hit up for Korean in Flushing/Murray Hill/Auburndale/Bayside. Mangal Kabab, Turkish Grill, Istanbul, for Turkish Cheburechnaya, Salute, Arzu, for Central Asian (kosher) Hornado Ecuatoriano, Picada Azuaya, Braulio y Familia, among others for Ecuadorian
  11. Ukus, Stari Most, Djerdan, Cevapdzinica Sarajevo for the cevapi or pljeskavica or the bureks. Cedars Meat House for great Lebanese grilled meats and steam table fare. San Antonio Bakery #2 for chacarero sandwiches or completos if you are so inclined. Koliba for Czech food (not sure if they're open for lunch though) Little Morocco for a merguez sandwich or any of the other offerings.
  12. Here's Sripraphai's official website. More info there.
  13. That would depend on what you mean by "do not miss". Do you want a Michelin 3 star experience or are you looking for local cuisine that you wouldn't find outside of Japan? In Tokyo, there are about a few dozen ramen shops that I would say are not to be missed, or some unagi places, or shops dedicated to making pristine oyako-don, or monjayaki, or yoshoku, or dojou-nabe, just for starters. In Hakone, I think you will be better off at one of the good ryokans for food, since it's kind of an upscale resort area. In Kyoto, you should concentrate on tofu or yuba cuisine, and obanzai-ryori (Kyoto's homestyle seasonal, regional cooking), as well as Kyo-ryori that you'll find at the upscale ryokans and ryoteis. For Hiroshima, it's oyster season, so look for that, as well as the regional version of okonomiyaki. The Hiroshima region is also known for "kozakana" (small/baby fish) which are used in sushi as well as other washoku preparations. Anago is another specialty of the Hiroshima area, especially around Miyajima.
  14. Anything to report yet? Just curious how the trip went.
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