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Went to this awesome Japanese restaurant which had a BYOB policy. Before we headed there, we went to a convenience store and stocked up on some beers (Magic Hat summer ale and Hoegaarden) and went to go eat!

We ordered the Tempura Platter which had eggplants, broccoli, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. It had a special soy sauce based dipping sauce which was kind of flavorless and a little bit too watery for my taste. I made my own soy sauce wasabi concoction to better compliment the dish.

The rolls we ordered, which were the california rolls and the cucumber eel rolls were nothing to complain about. Came on a very nice dish and tasted very fresh.

The highlight of the meal was definitely the outdoor setting in which we ate. It resembled a cozy backyard which felt very homey and intimate. The BYOB policy was definitely a huge plus to the overall factor of the experience. Hoppy beers go really well with sushi. Try it next time!

P.S. The color of the Magic Hat Summer Ale is gorgeous.

205 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-302-2035

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John and I were craving for some Japanese food and we arrived to Sake Bar Hagi only to discover that it usually opens around 5pm. It was 4pm and we were also on a time crunch so we decided to try Iroha Japanese Restaurant which was located right next door.
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One word: mediocre. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s horrible. It was also inexpensive. We ordered warm sake and we both ended up taking quite a few shots each. John ordered the 3 sushi roll combo: California roll, spicy tuna, and eel with avocado. It also came with a small bowl of miso soup. I ordered the bowl of udon (common Japanese noodles) with tempura (deep fried seafood/vegetables) and it also came with 2 pieces of inari sushi (fried tofu stuffed with sushi rice – good for vegetarians).
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I never had udon topped with tempura before. I would probably prefer those two things to be separate because it became extremely soggy from the broth. The broth was tasty and good enough to be consumed. The sushi rolls were also delicious but nothing special. There are definitely better Japanese restaurants than this one.
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152 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 398-9049

Very addicting but kind of stale tasting. I think thats how its supposed to taste. Once you start, you just can’t stop.

My girl suggested we go to eat some good authentic Japanese Ramen at the East Village in New York City.  By chance, that day was also one of the hottest days of the summer so far.  Right when we entered the tiny boutique ramen restaurant, we were blasted with hot air coming from the kitchen which was basically on top of the patrons who were eating there.

The small place did not seem to have an air conditioning unit but we decided to stay and eat some ramen since the journey to get here was a long one.  My girl ordered the Shoyu ramen which was soy sauce based pork broth ramen and I ordered the basic pork broth ramen which was garlic based, both with thick noodles.  I also ordered a Sapporo to cool down while we were waiting for the food.

The first thing I noticed taking my first bite was how well the noodles were cooked. They were cooked to perfection being al dente of course.  My broth was incredibly garlicky which I did not expect and my girl’s broth was sort of salty (maybe because of the soy sauce?). Both dishes came with a sheet of nori (toasted seaweed), mushrooms, fatty pieces of pork, and various vegetables.  Overall I was pleasantly surprised and would eat there again but this time order a more neutral flavored broth.

P.S. This place needs air conditioning ASAP!

536 E 5th St
New York, New York
212-505-8001

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