Sunday Omakase Dinner at ”Cagen”


Cuisine: Sushi

Neighborhood: East Village

Michelin: One star 2016

Recommend Dishes: Sushi Omakase

Seat: I recommend to sit at the chef’s counter.

Note: Sushi Omakase is only available Tuesday – Sunday 6pm, 6:30pm or 8:30pm. I was here for Sunday ( I do not recommend what I had which Omakase from Sunday menu)

Cagen    414 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009  (212) 358-8800

♥♥♥ $$$$


Zuma New York

Cocktail at ”Zuma” New York

First floor

Zuma New York  261 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016   (212) 544-9862

Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Cocktail lounge

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Occassion: I was here for cocktails at second floor

Note: I will report back to you again if I come back for dinner!

♥♥♥1/2 $$$$

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Sorba Noodle & Dan Dan Noodle at ”KOA”

Koa       12 W 21st Street, New York, NY 10010  (212) 388-5736

♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

Soymilk Dan Dan Ramen Set $16.75 ( Lunch set comes with salad & spring roll ) ♥♥♥

Back dining room

Soymilk Dan Dan Sorba $23.00 ♥♥♥

Chicken Teriyaki Garlic Buttered Rice Set $14.75 ( Lunch set comes with salad & spring roll ) ♥♥♥

Spicy Dan Dan Ramen Set $15.75 ( Lunch set comes with salad & spring roll ) ♥♥♥


Front dining room

Salad & Spring rolls (from Lunch Special) ♥♥1/2

Free ice cream 🙂

Back dining room



My favorite lunch spot ”Soba-Ya” East Village


Mini Maguro-Don & Mini Soba Lunch set $16 adding with Ikura and Tororo on the side 🍚🐟🇯🇵 ♥♥

Soba-Ya   229 East 9th St. ( b/t 3 Ave & 2 Ave ) New York, NY 10003   (212) 533-6966


♥♥♥1/2 $$$


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Those are two different kind of lunch set special.

Mini Soba+Mini Donruri set $16 ( front )  I added extra Ikura and Tororo on the side.  ♥♥

Lunch Box – You can choose Soba or Udon noodle, Shrimp Tempura, Mini Chirashi rice, Green Salad, Osouzai, Dessert $25 ( back ) ♥♥1/2

Mini Udon Noodle from lunch box menu

Tofu panna cotta from lunch box set

Ramen Lab

Ramen Lab

Ramen Lab by Sun Noodle

Ramen master Chef Jack Nakamura from Japan is prepping to open, “Ramen Lab” early next month on Kenmare St in downtown NYC.

Read more about chef

I was here for pre-opening media event. I had Torigara Shoyu Ramen and XO Miso Ramen. Pork Gyoza was very special. One of the best Japanese dumpling I ever had in New York *\(^_^)/* Recently I was at his famous Ramen shop AFURI in Ebisu, Tokyo Japan 🙂


 Torigara Shoyu Ramen (soy-based broth) $13

 Toppings: Pork Chashu, Menma, Nori, Spinach, Naruto, Fish Cake.

Tokyo style ramen consists of slightly thin, curly noodles served in a soy-flavoured chicken broth. The Tokyo style broth typically has a touch of dashi, as old ramen establishments in Tokyo often originate from soba eateries. Standard toppings are chopped scallion, menma, sliced pork, kamaboko, egg, nori, and spinach. Ikebukuro, Ogikubo and Ebisu are three areas in Tokyo known for their ramen. by wikipedia

Sun Noodle

#1502 18w noodles (太麺)

#0106 24w noodle (細麺)


XO Miso Ramen $14

Toppings: Bean Sprouts, Nira, Scallions, corn.

Vegetarian. sun noodle miso paste with special xo sauce developed by kaizen trading, sun noodle #1502 18w noodles, special miso paste (liquid paste seasoning), oolong tea , butter optional.

Sapporo Style Ramen, the capital of Hokkaido, is especially famous for its ramen. Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s harsh, snowy winters. Sapporo miso ramen is typically topped with sweetcorn, butter, bean sprouts, finely chopped pork, and garlic, and sometimes local seafood such as scallop, squid, and crab. Hakodate, another city of Hokkaidō, is famous for its salt flavored ramen, while Asahikawa in the north of the island offers a soy sauce-flavored variation. by wikipedia

  Chef Jack Nakamura in action!


Piping Hot Gyoza $7

Pork Napa Cabbage, Nira

Toppings – Seasoned boiled egg $2

Housemade Chili Paste

Ippudo West

No wait at Ippudo West for lunch


Hirata Buns steamed buns filled with your choice of pork, served with ippudo original spicy buns sauce (2pcs) $9 ♥♥♥♥♥

 PPUDO WEST 321 West 51st street, New York, NY

Ippudo East Village 65 4th Ave (btw 9th & 10th St) New York, NY

♥♥ ♥♥ $$$


Akamaru Modern – original silky “tonkotsu” (pork) soup noodles topped with ippudo’s secret “umami dama” miso paste, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, and fragrant garlic oil $15 ♥♥♥♥♥


Unagi mini don – Eel over rice ♥♥♥


Shiromaru Hakata Classic th e original silky “tonkotsu” (pork) soup noodles topped with pork loin chashu, sesame kikurage mushrooms, menma, red pickled ginger, and scallions $15 ♥♥♥♥

Ippudo Westside

Aburiya Kinosuke

Lunch at ”Aburiya Kinosuke”



Maguro Kama, which means “Collar of Blue Fin Tuna” in English. It was incredibly delicious!!


Aburiya Kinnosuke    213 East 45th St., New York, NY 10017

♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥ $$$1/2



Ginger pork






Ginger pork with kara-age lunch set


Maguro Kama lunch set



my view at counter seat




Aburiya Kinnosuke
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Momofuku Ssam Bar – 207 2nd Ave , NYC 10003

Ssam Bar, located in the East Village, is one of Chef David Chang’s five restaurants. I’m a fan of his original Momofuku noodle bar (one of my favorite pork based Ramen shops in the city- my #1 pick is Ipuddo). Ssam Bar showcases David’s Korean and French influences, but for me it seems very similar to the Japanese Izakaya style (Japanese tapas pub). I like this place for combining a casual dining vibe created by the staff, open kitchen, and long community tables yet it still serves some very sophisticated food (like a Uni dish that amazed me). Start with a sake or magnum size Asahi beer (really cool). This pig lover’s paradise, as a matter of fact the menu explicitly declares “we do not serve vegetarian…”, is known for its whole slow-cooked pork shoulder (special order in advance). They also have a great raw bar but in this case skip it – you should order a second plate of pork buns. Before you leave, make sure to check out next door’s Milk Bar for dessert!! P.S. Chang’s newest place is Ma Peche in midtown, known for their ‘cool’ foodie version of Vietnamese style 7 courses of Beef, but this Cutie Patroler doesn’t often patrole midtown…….(>_<) so hopefully one day I will make it up there!

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Santa Barbara Uni lomo, preserved tomatoes, asian pear –  A must order, amazing dish ♥♥♥   


Pork Buns pork belly, cucumber, hoisin, scallions $9 – The bun is sooo cute and the pork melts in your mouth  ♥♥♥                                      Continue reading

Kyo Ya

94 E 7th St, NYC

This low key place in the East Village serves amazing traditional Japanese food. I put it in a different category of Japanese restaurants for a city that offers so many choices of sushi places. Atmosphere is nothing terrific, yet simple and elegant. But the food here is “ridiculicious” (definition: ridiculously + delicious!). I especially love their Uni dish and pressed sushi which is heavenly. Their special menu never disappoints me too. They offer seasonal fresh seafood from Japan. I ordered everything a la carte but they have a Kaiseki menu as well. The price point is high – but well worth it. You should go with a foodie friend or date – somebody who truly appreciates Japanese food. Guaranteed 5 hearts for food and sake!

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Fresh “Toyama” Shrimp With Sea Urchin wasabi kuzu sauce and shrimp head twice deep fried $16 – What a treat!!! . This dish is just bites but one of the best with an amazing broth. Later they serve you the deep fried shrimp head (don’t get scared as it’s super crunchy) ♥♥♥♥     


Oshisushi (pressed sushi) seared Canadian salmon with baby shiso leaf $22  – Unagi pressed sushi is very good ♥♥♥       Continue reading