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Nov 4, 2009 07:21 AM

Blowfish/Fugu in NY?

I'm coming up to the city next week and I'd love to try fugu (for the first time). I've been searching the board and googling like crazy. I've come up with a short list of restaurants where fugu has been mentioned, but I can't find it on any of their menus online. :(

Anyone know where is a sure bet to find some fugu while I'm in town?


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  1. i think fugu is illegal in the US so restaurants usually don't have it on the menu. i know masa and kanoyama serve it in their omakases.

    1. The poisonous fugu is illegal.

      You get two types of fugu here.

      The first is domestic and non-poisonous.

      The second is from Japan. It is the poisonous varierty but has been meticulously prepared so that NONE of the poison is present in the fish. That was the only way that they could get permission of export it here.

      IMHO, the japanese variety is a waste of time. It has had several days to oxidize and the flesh itself is not that interesting. I have had it fresh in Japan and it is totally different. The domestic is actually nicer to eat here.

      Just as a point of fact, there are exactly 5 fugu licensed sushi chefs in NYC if you are curious. That is what I have been told by one of them.

        1. I don't know for certain, but I believe Nippon in midtown east has it seasonally. I don't know whether or not it's domestic or japanese, or "contraband."

          I'm not sure where you'll be staying, but I think Nippon is on east 52nd street near 3rd or Lex.

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          1. re: egit

            i was about to say nippon b/c they definitely have it (google it), restaurant nippon is on 52nd between 3rd and lex on the north side of the street....i've actually been meaning to post about that place sometime, i think it flies under the radar for some reason, but its actually quite good

          2. Morimoto's has it.

            88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011