Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City
Stomach, intestine, tendon, heart. These are mostly associated with biology class in this country. But at Takashi, like most of the rest of the world, this sounds like dinner.
Nestled in the West Village, Takashi is a Korean-style Japanese BBQ restaurant that specializes in beef offal. You can order a number of prepared dishes (some featuring raw beef or cooked versions of the beefy parts) or you can choose to grill your own and a platter of marinated meat arrives ready for a DIY experience. I’ve had many wonderful dishes here ranging from the tongue experience to beef cheeks and a killer steak tartare.
My most recent visit was when I first tried their stewed beef tendon. But it will not be the last. The bubbling cauldron featured a wealth of rich, meaty flavors. It was reminiscent of a wonderful beef stew or brisket, but even better. Tendon, which can be chewy and tough, fell apart upon contact and contributed lots of buttery flavor. It melted into a complex white miso broth that also housed tasty beef chunks, onions, and lots of fresh herbs. Even after the beef was all gone, I spooned up every last drop of stew.
If you can get past the medical association with these menu items, you’re in for a revelatory meal.
|456 Hudson Street (between Morton Street and Barrow Street)