After class today I decided to skip my Otto series research and try something different. After all, I work in the heart of the Village and there should be plenty of places to try or revisit.
Last week when I went to Lupa I passed in front of an old favorite of mine, Tomoe Sushi. I used to go to Tomoe right when moved to New York, because it was cheap, and because they had something that most Japanese restaurants don’t have: Korokke. In addition to karee-raisu, yakisoba, udon and sashimi, korokke (Japanese-style potato croquette) was a mainstay in my home when I was growing up, and thus it conjures childhood memories. My father would make them from scratch, with potatoes and ground beef, and lots of grated onions.
Green Tea Cake
Panya (pan=bread, ya=shop in Japanese) is one of my favorite bakeries/pastry shops in the East Village. It satisfies my cravings for Japanese loaf bread, which is sort of a brioche bread, perhaps less sweet, and which is usually cut thick, making a most delicious toast (more on that some other time…).
But Panya is also so much more; it has a kitchen that serves Japanese-style breakfast, donburi, soba and udon, sushi, yakisoba, kare raisu and okonomiyaki among many other popular Japanese dishes, as well as Mexican items such as tacos.
It is also a patisserie with Japanese-accented pastries such as this green tea cake, which is really a pound cake. The green color, framed by the brown crust, is irresistible; the taste is a strange melange of green tea and butter that is in the very least unique, sweeter than you’d expect from a Japanese cake.
Panya, 10 Stuyvesant St., New York, NY 10003 (near. Third Ave.) 212-598-0402