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Eel Day 7/26/10 - any special eel menus?

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brooklynmasala Jul 22, 2010 04:57 AM

According to Mitsuwa Monday 7/26 is Eel Day. Are there any Japanese restaurants with special Eel Day menus?

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    brooklynmasala Jul 22, 2010 07:45 PM

    anyone?

    1. Asumnuthin Jul 23, 2010 06:20 AM

      first I have ever heard of the custom, I have not seen any special menus... but im sure sushi yasuda would be doing something since their specialty is eel.

      1. E Eto Jul 23, 2010 01:56 PM

        The only place I see being advertised in the Japanese paper is Soba-koh. I'm sure there are other places offering eel specials though. While you can get tiny portion of eel at a sushi shop like Yasuda, it's not the same in principle of getting a hearty, inexpensive unagi-don to beat the heat for Doyo ushinohi (aka eel day). Sakagura was offering an eel special last year, so they might be worth looking into.

        Here's some good info on eel and eel day.
        http://kyotofoodie.com/doyo-ushinohi-...

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          Lau Jul 23, 2010 04:32 PM

          E Eto - do you know any places that serve a respectable unagi don? I haven't been able to find one in the city and it was one of my all time favorite things to eat growing up

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            E Eto Jul 23, 2010 04:48 PM

            I don't think I know of any on this side of the Pacific. But I would think either Sakagura or Soba-Kou would do a decent version.

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              Lau Jul 23, 2010 11:26 PM

              haha thats what i figured....someone should seriously open a place that serves real eel....i would probably eat there 1-2x a week

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                Silverjay Jul 24, 2010 08:40 AM

                Man, totally irrelevant for NYC dining, but I lived in a beach town in Japan for a few years and in the summer every weekend there would be surf bum locals out grilling eel on the beach. I remember getting eel sandwiches ALL the time. Those were the days...

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                  Lau Jul 24, 2010 08:46 AM

                  damn it ure killing me, now i'm fiending for it

                  i've actually been fiending for it for a month b/c I was watching some taiwanese show on the way back from asia and they were showing this japanese guy who moved to taiwan specifically to open a grilled eel restaurant, gets fresh eels everyday and grills them w/ his own sauce etc (massive lines to get in his restaurant; taiwanese people love japanese food)....i would pay serious dollars for that

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                    Silverjay Jul 24, 2010 08:49 AM

                    LOL...The really clever shops have a fan that blows from the grill out on to the street in a form of olfactory promotion.

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                      Lau Jul 24, 2010 05:31 PM

                      i think i may have found a solution albeit a very expensive solution. Bar Masa has an unagi donburi that looks great....only problem is that it is $38
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/yummyinthetummyblog/2226540796/
                      http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

                      I'm probably going to go try it even thought $38 is pretty outlandish for unagi donburi

                      btw this is totally a random thing, but have you ever tried that canned japanese unagi? it tastes totally different than the real thing, but its actually really tasty over hot rice....my grandfather used to love it and I just remembered it, i'm going to go see if sunrise has it

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                      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                        brooklynmasala Jul 25, 2010 04:39 PM

                        Thanks! I wish I could justify Bar Masa - the picture on flickr looks so good and is definitely homemade unagi donburi as opposed to the frozen unagi I get at the japansese store (and many restaurants).

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                        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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