456 Hudson St., nr. Barrow St. 212-414-2929
Connoisseurs of esoteric organ specialties like sweetbreads, beef hearts, and stewed tripe tend to have to travel from restaurant to restaurant to satisfy the full scope of their addiction. But at this polished, neighborly, yakiniku-style Japanese grill in the West Village, we’re happy to report that the offal program covers all the bases. You can spend the evening happily grazing on three varieties of grilled cow stomach, tender slices of “tetchan” (large intestines) or “hatsu” (beef heart), and even a $22 tasting adventure called the Tongue Experience (slices from three parts of the tongue, including the tip), without ever having to leave your seat. And for the squeamish, there are all sorts of standard preparations, like the strips of rosy-pink rib eye (“rosu”), and plates of glistening, sesame-oil-marinated Korean-style “kalbi,” which, we would argue, are the most delectable grilled short ribs in town.
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).