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Japanese Tonsoku ( pigs feet) at Hakata TonTon

foodwhisperer | Jan 18, 201208:08 PM

This restaurant is located on Grove Street It is in the location where many years ago was
Fukuda Sushi Restaurant which was great, and then Taka, who was an artistic, very good female sushi chef. After that it kept the name Taka , but it was terrible. Now it is Hakata Ton Ton. I have tried to get in here a few times before and could not get in. Tonite I was lucky enough to get in, after not wanting to wait for 1 1/2 hours at Takashi to get in there. I had the tasting menu. We started with a very good salad . Then had some fried oysters which were very good and not greasy. Then we had Atlantic salmon carpaccio with black tobiko, chive and lemon or yuzo dressing. Next we had our Shabu Shabu Hot Pot prepared with collagen broth, about 5 different vegetables, pork belly, and berkshire pork sirloin. Then we had some fried chicken which was excellent ( better than the fried chicken at En), then the tonsoku, which was grilled glazed pig feet although it seemed more like the knuckles. These were very good. This was followed by a Tonsoku risotto, which was a thin version of congee or aroz caldo. Lastly dessert of an berry ice cream, and what I believe was yokan. Like my friend sends me from japan, wrapped in nice paper, with a wooden pick, some powder and syrup to sprinkle on top. Next to sasamochi, it is one of my favorite desserts.
I am uncertain, if the $38 tasting menu is ment to share, or it is $38 each. They charged me $38 each. ( 2 of us). No charge for tea. The clientele were all Japanese except for me. The food is Hakata style. The Japanese staff was exceptionally nice. They even waited at the door as we left to give a a Pez, like an after dinner mint. . I do recommend this place. If people listen to me, I'm sure it will be 1 1/2 hour wait.
here is a linkL
http://tontonnyc.com/index.php?itemid=3

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Hakata TonTon
61 Grove Street, New York, NY 10014

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