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Japan's Fukurou izakaya has opened a New York branch

kosmose7 Jan 7, 2013 11:53 AM

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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    PatientWolf Mar 1, 2013 07:15 AM

    In case anyone is still on the fence, I went a few weeks ago and found it to be pretty good. The "zuru teba" are a bit unwieldy, but tasty. The stewed pork belly was good, though the egg was a touch overcooked. The grilled pork belly was not bad, but again, was a little on the overdone side. The seared fatty salmon was surprisingly delicate, and the taro korokke were delicious. The sake, as foodwhisperer said, is served in bamboo carafes, which I found to be a nice touch. When you take into account that both the dishes and sake are reasonably priced, and that the ambiance does not closely mirror a fraternity, I can see why someone may consider calling Fukurou amazing.

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      BinkyB Jan 18, 2013 06:50 PM

      I don't think amazing is overdoing it. The quality of food, the prices, and the atmosphere makes it amazing in my opinion. For a laid back place to hang out with a few friends and laugh it up over really good Japanese food I think is an adequate reason. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves which is rare to say at many other restaurants I have found.

      I don't go to restaurants for just the food. I go for the experience. My friends and I were full, happy, and didn't gasp at the bill after drinking the night away.

      That, my dear friend is amazing... I stand firm by my opinion...

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        foodwhisperer Jan 18, 2013 09:05 PM

        Well, for what it's worth, I enjoyed myself there also. I like the wooden sake vessels they serve it in. I like the warm friendly atmosphere. And I sent some relatives of mine there tonite.
        It is a very good place. If you want to call it amazing, That's fine with me. Amazing can take into consideration all factors including atmosphere, service, vibe, food, drink, people.etc

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        BinkyB Jan 18, 2013 03:44 PM

        If you read the menu they have outside it may be a bit baffling. The menu in the restaurant has pictures of all the foods and it makes a world of a difference. I have a friend who is not very adventurous at eating and he enjoyed the food there. We order seared yellowtail and the salmon. It was very fresh and amazing. The atmosphere was welcoming and laid back. There were many different kinds of Sake to ordered and we tried a few. The prices were great for two people. (10 bucks each split between two people and we ordered 3!) 15 bucks a person and I was definitely toasty at the end. Our server Takuya was very attentive! The food was fresh and out of this world! I recommend the Tamago Yakisoba dish! The foods actually turned out to be not so crazy! They are creative and different but pretty traditional and well put together in my opinion.

        Between the nice atmosphere, the great food, and the amazing Sake... I really let go and enjoyed myself. This is definitely a place to just chill and enjoy with friends!

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          foodwhisperer Jan 18, 2013 05:56 PM

          I agree , as stated in my review in earlier post on this read, that this is a good place. Amazing , I think is overdoing it. Comfortable, affordable and good,I especially enjoyed the fried shinko that they call aji.

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          Lau Jan 13, 2013 09:12 AM

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

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            Shirang Jan 7, 2013 08:13 PM

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

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              Simon Jan 7, 2013 07:26 PM

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

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                calf Jan 7, 2013 07:36 PM

                But there's beef heart… And avocado tofu…

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                  Simon Jan 7, 2013 07:45 PM

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

              2. Silverjay Jan 7, 2013 01:36 PM

                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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                  kosmose7 Jan 7, 2013 01:42 PM

                  I agree. Not really appealing to native Japanese perhaps.

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                    Peter Cuce Jan 7, 2013 03:50 PM

                    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

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                      Silverjay Jan 7, 2013 04:22 PM

                      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.

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                    foodwhisperer Jan 7, 2013 12:35 PM

                    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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                      kosmose7 Jan 7, 2013 01:13 PM

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

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                        foodwhisperer Jan 8, 2013 11:52 PM

                        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.

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