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Sushi Nakazawa

We love Japanese food. We go to Japanese places all the time, almost every weekend, and I have a dozen of recommendations of great places to eat good sushi in New York (such as Sushi Yasuda, Morimoto, Kyo Ya, Nobu 57, and Sushi of Gari, just to name a few). But I find it really hard to review them. When they serve rolls, it’s a little easier to explain what they do differently. But when they are limited to sushi, it’s about the fish, its freshness, and the chef’s touch. And I am not so good in describing that.

However, we recently went to Sushi Nakazawa. Sushi Nakazawa opened in New York a year ago, and it was the most anticipated opening of the year. It instantly became a hit, with reservations almost impossible to get. Chef Daisuke Nakazawa, who is only 36 years old, was one of the apprentices of Jiro Ono, the famous Japanese chef who owns a three-Michelin-starred restaurant called Sukiyabashi Jiro located inside a subway stop in Tokyo. Jiro is so famous he has his own documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Nakazawa appeared in “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

The story goes like this: Alessandro Borgognone, the co-owner, a 33-year-old Staten Islander, became instantly obsessed when he watched the documentary. Jiro was already in the US, working in Seattle with another Jiro apprentice, when Borgognone did everything he could to convince him to come to New York. So the duo opened Sushi Nakazawa in my favorite neighborhood, the West Village last August.
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DC Special: José Andrés Tapas Crawl (Part II)

To continue our José Andrés tapas crawl (you can read the first part here)…

Part II - Oyamel

On the weekend, my boyfriend visited DC. He had already been to Zaytinya and Jaleo, and was very, very impressed by the chef. So I decided to take him to Oyamel, his Mexican restaurant. I was super excited, since he had been craving Mexican for weeks… But, I most say, I didn’t like it. The guacamole was good, it had a nice twist and I love it when they do the guacamole by the table. We had some tuna tartar which was also okay, but nothing special. But these two were the only two dishes that we remembered in the end.

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Oyamel

Address: 401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 628-1005

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DC Special: José Andres Tapas Crawl (Part I)

To make the most out of my DC experience, I went on a José Andrés tapas crawl. It was totally by accident, but it ended up being a lot of fun, and I definitely recommend doing sort of the same thing. As you know, I first tried Pepe food truck, José Andrés fast food choice, and had a great experience. So I wanted to know his other places, and find out what the fuss was all about.

For those of you who don’t know him, José Andrés  is a legend. He owns 7 restaurants in DC (minibar, barmini, Zaytinya, Oyamel, Jaleo, Pepe food truck and America Eats in Virginia), 3 restaurants in Las Vegas (é by José Andrés, Jaleo, and China Poblano), one in Puerto Rico (Mi Casa) and a branch with restaurants in Beverly Hills and Miami Beach (The Bazaar).  What I find most amazing is that he specializes in a bunch of different types of foods: American, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Mexican, and Chinese. He won an insanely amount of awards, including a James Beard (countless nominations and a couple of awards) and Bon Appetit’s Chef of the Year in 2004. He appeared on many TV shows, including Iron Chef America (2007), Top Chef (as a judge in 2010), and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (in the DC episode, 2008). And, of course, he has 3 published books (plus another in Spanish): Tapas: A Taste of Spain in AmericaMade in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen, and the newly published Charcuterìa: The Soul of Spain. As you can see, he is no small thing. And there are rumors that he is opening a restaurant in NYC soon, so stay tuned…

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Grand Banks

We had another one of those only in New York experiences last Sunday. An oyster bar on a docked boat by the pier in Tribecca. What a day!

I have been reading about the expectation for Grand Banks for a while. It was our top priority on the summer to do list. And I wanted to go on an afternoon, to be able to enjoy the sunset eating oysters. What more could you ask for?

So we headed that way around 6pm. I actually had no idea they had such a huge entertainment area at Pier 25: beach volleyball, mini golf, tracking and sprinkles for kids. Amazing. And, right at the end of the pier, on the Hudson River, there it was:

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