I'm brand new to the chowhound site, although I've been one for decades. This post is a search to see if anyone has any tips on where to get a home appliance: an electric griddle for Japanese Okonomiyaki dining.
About 10 years ago, I spent a 4th of July at a Japanese friend's house and our lunch was all sorts of chopped up miscellany and assorted sauces that we lazily cooked communally while drinking cheap American beer. Heaven. I'd forgotten about this until I was in Tokyo last week and wandered into a truly local Okonomiyaki establishment. Same griddles, only now set in tables low to the floor. Instead of neat vegetables and meats and gyoza everyone was mixing up unidentified stuff into batter and cooking it up while they drank cheap Japanese beer. Heaven re-discovered.
Now I am determined to get one of these griddles to use at home. I once saw one 12 years ago at an amazing Oriental super-store supermarket outside Washington D.C. Does anyone know where to get one of these in the Metro-New York area? The ones I've seen with pictures of french toast and bacon on the box just don't seem like they'd be tough enough for this kind of social eating.
Any advice is welcome -