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Japan's Fukurou izakaya has opened a New York branch

It seems Japan's Fukurou izakaya has opened a New York branch on Dec. 31, 2012 (http://fukurou.soh.bz/).

Looking at the menu on their website, I personally do not find many appealing dishes, but you might like it. FYI... :)

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  1. Thanks for the news. Most of the menu doesn't appeal to me, such as tofu cream cheese. But if I went there , I can find something to eat. Perhaps fried aji , or stewed pork belly.
    The location is convenient.

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    1. re: foodwhisperer

      You know what? You have just chosen the two dishes that I thought were most appealing! :)

      1. re: kosmose7

        Well, I couldn't resist and I went to Fukurou Izakaya. I was very happy that when I got there, I got a parking spot, and there was no line outside the restaurant. No wait at all. Which is amazing because it is quite a small restaurant. I am not sure what to compare it to. It is much quieter than Decibel, it is much smaller than Sakagura, it is just what it is , i guess. There is a small counter and about seating for maybe 12 at the tables. Everyone eating there was Japanese, except for my party of 3. The two chefs were young Japanese guys.The waiter, i think looked Tibetan or Nepalese, but I didn't ask. So staff of 3 and limited seating.
        I did not have high expectations, but I did like the location and I don't know any place like this in the West village.
        By the way Ushi was empty and Mermaid was packed.
        So I did not get the pork belly dish, but I ordered the fried aji. To my pleasant surprise it was fried shinko. The waiter just said "here's your aji". But it was delicious shinko and you can just eat it all with the bones , head and eyes. I was also pleased that they served sea salt with it. I hate when I always have to ask for salt for tempura type dishes. So many restaurant always just give you ponzu sauce. I need the salt. Another excellent dish was the raw octopus , cut into small pieces mixed with wasabi. Made like raw chicken in Japan.(toriwasa). It was great with my sake. They had about 15 different sake choices. I think all were $18 for 360ml bamboo.
        We also had a tuna carpaccio, a yellowtail dish, they were fair , nothing great. The avocado tofu was very good. The salmon cheese spring roll , don't ask me why I would think of ordering that, was also just ok. The taro croquettes were very good. The pork rib was terrible, too tough for one thing, no flavor also. The tamago was made freshly for each order.It was served warm. I liked it. The others I was with, didn't like it.
        I will surely be back, if only for the octopus and fried "aji".
        It is a warm place, and friendly. And it serves a purpose as an easily accessible Izakaya of sorts. They had no shiokara on the menu. I think all Izakaya has shiokara, it goes good with Shochu or sake. I don't think they had shochu. They did have wine and sparkling wine. So, I'm glad I went and I left happy. About $35 bucks per person including sake. Dessert looked good, but didn't have any.

    2. The menu seems to be the applied results of weird market research about American preferences. Lots of fried and fatty food, meat, and then half-assed nods to what is supposed to pass as semi-healthy.

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      1. re: Silverjay

        I agree. Not really appealing to native Japanese perhaps.

        1. re: Silverjay

          Actually though, if you look at the Japanese menu, it's similarly strange, with a lot of the same or similar dishes: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a454908/menu2.html

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            Oh man, I just ate a restaurant two doors down from this place a couple of weeks ago and know this neighborhood really well. I stay near there in Tokyo. But it's on the 4th floor and you're right, the menu is pretty close to what they are serving here. No wonder I probably passed on it.

            The company that runs this has a whole portfolio of different types of places though- http://www.soh-corporation.co.jp/list... . I guess they felt this format was the most likely to succeed here. Although the recommended chanko nabe, motsu nabe, and winter yellowtail carpaccio didn't make the trip it seems. Neither did the crab and egg dolsot bibimbap. Those are the most appealing dishes on their Japanese menu.

        2. yikes, i agree: the menu is pretty unappealling imo...

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          1. re: Simon

            But there's beef heart… And avocado tofu…

            1. re: calf

              true...but the proximity to all that cream cheese is a turnoff :)

          2. Looks like the type of items you would find on Izakaya menus in Hawaii and Vegas.

            1. yah it is kind of a weird menu, but i kind of want to try it anyhow