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Mentaiko spaghetti in Manhattan

cestcharlie Feb 11, 2005 01:25 PM

I just went to Hiroko's Place on Thompson St., and their Tarako version wasn't all that great. Is there any place, preferably in lower Manhattan, that makes good mentaiko spaghetti?


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    Erica Feb 11, 2005 07:55 PM

    What in the world is this????

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      cestcharlie Feb 11, 2005 08:43 PM

      Mentaiko is spicy cod roe. In some Japanese "fusion" restaurants, they serve this roe with seaweed shavings and sometimes radish sprouts as a kind of sauce over pasta. There's a restaurant in SF called On The Bridge where I used to get it all the time, but I can't seem to find a place that makes it in NYC.

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        Greg Feb 17, 2005 08:58 PM

        There was a place called Tatany 52 which used to serve this. If you look further down on the page, you might see a link for Tatany 52 closing down, that was posted by me. Unfortunately, I haven't found another place that served this...but I hope someone else might be in the know!

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          Masashi May 8, 2006 09:40 AM

          You can find Mentai spaghetti in a lot of Japanese "izakaya" style restaurants in NYC.

          For starters try Izakaya Riki E 44th St, Sakagura E 43rd St, alot of other drink and eat style restaurants will have them as well... Happy hunting...

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          ika Feb 16, 2005 10:53 AM

          i think you can find it at Basta Pasta - it's Italian w/ a hint of Janpanese.

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            HLing Feb 19, 2005 08:33 PM

            I just had it for the first time tonight in Mitsuwa's food court: from the "Italian Tomato", which is next to the St. Honore Bakery. $5.20 for a plate of this spaghetti and a roll. I can see how one can crave this dish.

            Unfortunately this is not in Manhattan, but fortunately, it can be reached relatively easily by the $2 shuttle from gate 51 at Port Authority.

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              Eric Eto Feb 20, 2005 02:03 AM

              There's also an Italian Tomato counter at JAS Mart on St. Marks. And they also serve the same mentaiko spaghetti. That's probably the only thing I'll get there, especially for the value, and to satisfy a craving for it. Otherwise, it's fairly easy to make at home, once you have all the ingredients.

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                HLing Feb 20, 2005 09:19 PM

                Hey Eric! it seems that I've yet to get to the JAS mart at St. Marks. Is it the one with a small 2nd floor section? Or is that a different Japanese shop? I go to Mitsuwa not too often, but always when the weather is nice for the view of Manhattan.

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              tarako lover May 4, 2005 03:16 AM

              I really liked Hiroko's Places tarako spaghetti! They use real tarako, not the cheap mentaiko that all the other resaurants are using!

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                greenteaqueen Sep 29, 2009 05:38 PM

                hagai on 49th & 7th ave also has a great creamy mentaiko spaghetti.

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                  InsertFOODhere Oct 2, 2009 10:46 PM

                  Basta Pasta on 17th St and 6th Ave is amazing. It's run by an all Japanese staff. They make some pretty outstanding pasta dishes including mentaiko spaghetti but my absolute favorite is their pork chop. So thick, so juicy, so the other white meat. I wouldn't waste my time at any other japanese-italian restaurant.

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                    tychenyt Apr 22, 2010 08:25 PM

                    So after going to several restaurants to figure out the best metaiko spaghetti dish, I recommend going to Tomi in Midtown East. Here's my article: http://www.foodjournies.com/2010/04/b...

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