Morimoto: The Holy Grail of NYC Restaurant Week

Hey ya’ll! I have returned from my ski-cation with a sore body, but it was all really worth it. I had a great time with my friends and even survived my first time skiing. Since it was still restaurant week until March 7th (this Friday), I decided that I had to go. My roommate and I scanned the list, and our eyes exploded at one of the places that was available to go to: Morimoto. If you don’t know who Chef Morimoto is then you should definitely me ashamed of yourself. He is one of the Iron Chefs and is a bad ass in the kitchen. At 25$ for an entree and a dessert, I was definitely getting my butt over to Morimoto since I can’t afford this place regularly.

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My roommate ended up going with the Morimoto burger. It looked amazing. I even got to have a bite and it was pretty great. The bread was really soft and the meat was cooked to perfection. Not too chewy or too tough. It was a dry aged burger with miso Russian dressing, sake kasu soba ale cheese, soy ginger shiitakes, and house made nori bun. It was served with some chips that were really delicious. It was also like a little bento box, which is how all the entree options came for New York City Restaurant Week. Morimoto was on point with this. This was definitely a stellar choice. It was pretty hard to choose because the menu had a wide selection of options such as wagyu beef, fried chicken, black cod, and so much more.

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I ended up going with the veggie bop. It was a nice Japanese twist on a classic Korean dish. It came served over rice and was prepared at the table (which I thought was sort of weird since at most Korean places we usually stir our own bibimbap). This one had mushrooms, bok choy, asparagus, sliced carrots, daikon, and a bunch of other delicious vegetables. It was topped with an egg to be fried in the hot bowl. Instead of the traditional spicy sauce, this bop was served with a nice spicy sesame dressing. I really liked the twist of this.

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This was what the rest of our bento box looked like. Overall, I think that this was a very good deal for a NYC Restaurant Week meal. It was tough because they were only having the menu during lunch, so we had to book a time when we could both go and were not in class. Luckily we got a time right at 12 pm when the restaurant opened. Anyways both of our meals typically cost 20$ on the regular. So we were already almost to the cost point of having a 25$ prix fixe meal.

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The salad in the bento box was awesome. It was tossed with some roasted nuts and had a really delicious vinaigrette served on top. This may have been my favorite thing in the bento box. I could have definitely taken a large salad like this before my meal. I will definitely be trying to recreate the salad dressing, so I can enjoy it myself at my apartment. Thanks Morimoto!

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The miso soup was actually quite good too. It was definitely different than the other miso soups that I have had in my life. The broth was more sweet I think than others I’ve had. The tofu was great. It was silken and there were a ton of chunks floating around in it. With the bento box, I actually felt that I was eating pretty healthy overall.

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Obviously I couldn’t go to Morimoto and not order myself a sushi roll. It was a hard choice, but I ended up going with the soft shell crab roll. It was definitely a good decision on my part. It was amazing. The rice was perfectly seasoned on the outside and the inside – my oh my. It was stuffed with fish eggs, avocado, asparagus, and soft shell crab that had been fried. There was also a nice spicy mayo sauce on the inside of the roll. The pieces were huge, but I definitely didn’t care. I shoved each and every one of them into my mouth.

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Look at that bad boy. The last two end pieces were the hardest to eat, but so worth it. If I could afford this place, I would so go back and nom on all the sushi available. I would love to have some of the appetizers too. They looked amazing. Morimoto is definitely the best place to go. This sushi roll wasn’t on the prix fix menu, but who cares. You got to treat yourself every once and a while.

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The dessert was the bomb. It was pretty much a lemon bar topped with whip cream and pistachios. It was served with some pistachio gelato. I probably could have gone without the gelato and just had more lemon bar. It was that good. The whipcream was really light and not heavy, which was good. It let you really enjoy the pure taste of the lemon. The nuts gave a nice crunch to the creamy smoothness of the lemon bar. Overall it was a win. Morimoto, I love you and thank you for having a delicious restaurant week menu!

Sushi Time!

Hey ya’ll! I survived my first day of full class. I have class from 3-9 pretty much with small breaks in between each class. By the end of the day, I had a headache. I think it was because I didn’t eat enough, but my last class of the day is sort of boring. It is a research methods class, which I find that I don’t need since I can read research, I’ve worked in a research lab, and I wrote a review paper to be published. Hmmmm. Can I just not take it pretty please? I’ll suck it up and survive though. The professor is at least this hilarious older guy who lived in Austin for 8 years, so hook em! On to the fooood. This weekend, Carrianne and I went to have dinner with a friend of ours from BU over in Brooklyn where he lives. Let me tell you something about Brooklyn. It has delicious food, but OMG it is so far away on the train from where we live. Not to mention the fact that the L just sits at 8th ave FOREVER! Lets distract my anger towards the train by thinking about my favorite food: SUSHI!

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We ended up going to this really cute place in Williamsburg called 1 or 8. At first we couldn’t figure out where it was because the sign on the door was incredibly tiny. We weren’t sure if it was the place or not until I eventually saw it say 1 or 8 on the wall. When we walked in the hostess asked if we had a reservation, which we said no to and then she went away for a few minutes. At first we were a bit like what? Since there was not many people there at the time we went. However she came back with menus and took us into this really cute room with branches all along the wall. It definitely had an awesome atmosphere.

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The menus were the cutest things. Each menu was on a clipboard. The main menu had about 4-5 pages. The drink menu came on a super tiny and adorable clipboard. It was just a super fun place to be. It was definitely a hip spot because there were huge groups of people. I was excited as I flipped through the menu looking at all the possibilities. I did think it was super hilarious that they had fish and chips or croquettes on the menu. It was like a Japanese fusion type of restaurant.

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So pretty much all of my photos are going to be dark because the restaurant decided to have some romantic lighting by candlelight only. Therefore I think only about one of my photos turned out perfect.  We started out with some edamame because all three of us were starving. We were popping these things into our mouths like crazy. We went through this bowl pretty fast, but by the time we were done our food was there. Our friend Jason ended up getting Miso soup with his meal. He let me have a bite and it was delicious. The tofu in it was made fresh at the restaurant.

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My dark plate of sushi. Oh how I love thee. You were so delicious and tasty. The roll in the front was called a salmon mozzarella roll. It had salmon, mozzarella, semi-dried tomato, and yuzu tobiko. It came along with a basil dipping sauce. Wow this roll was delicious. At first I was skeptical because Carrianne said she had a bad experience with a cheese roll, but I thought why not go for it anyways? It was a good decision. It tasted a bit like bacon rolled in mozzarella cheese. In my mind it was Italian style sushi. My other roll was yellowtail mango. I love mango, so that is really the only reason I decided to get this roll. The roll obviously had yellowtail and mango, but it contained jalapenos too. It came along with a cilantro sauce, which was to die for. The roll was fruity and fresh. The quality of the fish was high, which made the place so appealing. I always hate when the fish isn’t up to par.

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Here is Carrianne’s dark plate of sushi. She ended up getting a salmon skin roll and a few pieces of nigiri. She enjoyed all of her sushi and said the fish was so delicious.

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Why did Jason’s plate of sushi come out in a normal color? I will never understand this. He ended up getting one of the sushi plates. It came with around 7 pieces of different types of nigiri and one sushi roll. His sushi roll was huge. It was stuffed with tuna, squash, and a wide assortment of other vegetables. He really seemed to like it. I don’t understand how people fit those huge pieces into their mouths and eat it like a normal person. I swear I look so uncivilized when I’m eating large pieces of sushi.

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I saw this when we were walking to 1 or 8 and thought it was cute. I think I only like it because it says Jewish, but it was also neat that they had a bunch of street art around the city. Ya’ll know how much I love street art. Anyways 1 or 8 is definitely a good place to go for sushi. It is worth the trek out to Brooklyn if you don’t already live there. The prices are extremely decent. Averages from 10-13$ for a fancy/crazy roll while simple rolls are 4.50-6.50.