Category Archives: Japanese

East Village Dumpling Tour

New York City’s East Village neighborhood is replete with dumpling eating options.  Historically the East Village was home to Eastern European immigrants and there are still some excellent places to get pierogi and varenyky.  Over the past 15 years a … Continue reading

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Ramen Yamadaya, Costa Mesa, CA

Ramen Yamadaya is a chain of ramen restaurants that stretches along the California coast from San Francisco to San Diego.  I tried the location in Costa Mesa and ordered the Tonkutsu Kotteri Ramen which comes with a slick of really … Continue reading

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Yama Ramen, NY, NY

My day job frequently takes me to Rockefeller Center, which apart from Saki Bar Hagi and Iroha, is a pretty bleak area for good, reasonably priced eats.  Thankfully the recently opened Yama Ramen is looking to change that. This second floor walk … Continue reading

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Guest Review – Beer Loves Gyoza, Tokyo, Japan

My friend just returned from an awesome looking trip to Japan and sent me this guest review of Beer Loves Gyoza. Guest Review:  On a recent trip to Japan with my husband, I was traveling with my brother who is … Continue reading

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The Return of YAKITORI SUN CHAN!

At long last, after problems with a Con Ed gas line put then out of commission for six months, Yakitori Sun Chan is back!  There has been much rejoicing at Dumpling Hunter. The Con Ed issues shut down several businesses on … Continue reading

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Konbu StreetFood, Groningen, NL

Dumpling hunting in Amsterdam turned out to be a bust, the Dutch do not have indigenous dumpling form and overall the Asian restaurants I saw didn’t look that good.  But I do want to give a shout out to Onigiri … Continue reading

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China Chilcano, Washington, DC

China Chilcano is part of celebrity chef Jose Andres’ ever expanding empire of restaurants.  Andres is credited with popularizing small plate tapas-style eating in the U.S. and, with the opening of the original and excellent Jaleo in 1993, transforming the Penn … Continue reading

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Yasha Ramen, New York, NY

My recent attempt to hunt for dumplings on the Upper West Side of Manhattan turned out to be kind of a fail until I hit Yasha Ramen.  My first stop, La Salle Dumpling Room, was packed with families in town for the … Continue reading

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Izakaya Restaurant, New York, NY

Izakaya Restaurant, which basically translates into Restaurant Restaurant, is part of the expanding ecosystem of Japanese restaurants and bars in New York City’s East Village neighborhood. The Izakaya Restaurant is run by a young Japanese guy who came to our table … Continue reading

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Japanese Oriental Restaurant, Columbus, Ohio

I recently attended a conference at Ohio State University and imagined I would spend a pleasant evening drinking at a college pub, German Bier Hall or local sports bar near campus.  Instead I discovered that the strip of bars and … Continue reading

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