Friday night for our 2nd dinner. I had made a reservation at Takashi at 9:30PM. I normally don't eat this late, but to fit all these food places in... I guess that's a sacrifice I have to make. haha. :P
456 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
This was recommended by a foodie friend.
Unfortunately he had to work late and ended up
cancelling last minute. We're so glad we still went
though, despite being so full already. haha. I made
a reservation for 6 people, and was able to fill
that last spot before dinner.
It's a small place. We almost walked past it because
the sign outside is so small. But it's cute. Reminds
me of the yakiniku places in Asia. Their menu is
beef... all beef. Sounds pretty awesome to me! The
beef comes from sustainably raised cattle with no
antibiotics or hormones. On their website they list
the farms where the beef comes from.
Everything on the menu looked interesting and tasty.
Unfortunately due to the uni shortage, they didn't
have the one dish I really wanted. :( Oh well...
maybe next time. Each of us ordered 1-2 things.
Stewed Beef Tendon Casserole with White Miso $15~
This was my choice. As an appetizer for the table.
It comes fully cooked. So freaking delicious. It's
just just the chewy tendon parts, it was mostly the
meat next to the tendons. Stewed to perfection, it
was soooooo tender. And tons of flavor.
Squid Ink Rice, Miso-Marinated Sweetbreads (spicy
yuzu saffron aioli, served on a magnolia leaf) $20~
This was interesting. I'll eat sweetbreads but I'm
not a huge fan. Normally they are just kinda mushy.
For those who don't know, sweetbreads are either the
thymus glad or pancreas of young animals like calf
or lamb. I love offal, but I can live without this.
I thought everything in this dish was good though.
Really enjoyed the squid ink rice.
Bakudan (rice bomb with Korean seaweed and pickled
sesame leaf) $8~ This was to supplement the meats.
It was pretty good, but we probably could've done
Sukiyaki-Style Round Steak (with tartare rice bomb
and egg yolk) $30~
This was probably the coolest
yakiniku dish of the night. It's like a DIY beef
taco thing. You grill the meat, dip it in the egg
yolk, put a ball of the tartare and rice and roll it
up. The beef was super tender. I loved the tartare
rice bomb on it's own too! Fun!!
Kalbi (US Kobe Premium Short Rib) $26~ Really
Beef Belly (US Kobe Beef belly) $20~ Also delicious.
Tan-saki, Tan-suji & Tan-moto (the tongue
experience) $25~ The tongue tasting was interesting.
I've had really tender beef tongue before but these
were more chewy. But still good.
Tsurami (beef cheek) $16~ The most bang for your
buck. The slices were really thin though. It was
like beef bacon. Yummers!
It was so much fun! At first we thought we weren't
going to have enough food since it was pretty
expensive and the portions are not very big. But we
were all satisfied at the end. The meats and flavors
were all amazing, I totally recommend this place.
The quality is comparable to the places I've been in
Japan/Korea. Also, they have midnight ramen... yes,
only starts at midnight. And you have to make
reservations. Might be something fun to do next
Oh yea... on the way back to the subway, we stopped
at Big Gay Ice Cream, and several people got
desserts. Wow. haha. I wish I had room! So I just
watched them eat it. :P
Quality of Food:
~~ CHOMP CHOMP ~~