T.I.C. Group Restaurants
Otafuku x Medetai
If it looks like a fish but tastes like cake, then it must be taiyaki. A popular Japanese fish-shaped pastry made from tapioca pearls and traditionally filled with red bean paste, taiyaki reached national prominence in 1976 when a children’s song about it became popular throughout the country. Taiyaki is now a mainstay of festivals and events across Japan, as well as a common snack on the way home.
Otafuku x Medetai has brought taiyaki to New York City, delighting customers with a snack that’s both fun to eat yet deceptively satisfying. The standard red bean paste provides a subtly sweet filling that complements well the crisp yet fluffy waffle-like outside, but Otafuku x Medetai also offers a hazelnut chocolate and banana filling that will please even the most powerful of sweet tooth.
There are endless varieties of curry throughout the world, and Japan is no exception. Less spicy than the typical image of curry to suit typical Japanese tastes, curry is viewed as a comfort food, whether it’s made from scratch or prepared through convenient blocks of curry roux. Curry-Ya pushes Japanese curry to the level of gourmet dining.
Using a sauce made from chicken and oxtail soup, as well as a variety of vegetables, fruits, and spices, extra care is put into the curry at Curry-Ya to make sure every bite is as inviting as the last. Stewed for 8 hours to infuse every drop with the best flavor possible and served with fluffy Japanese short-grain rice, the only thing that can make this curry better would be more curry.
Rice is the bread and butter of Japan, but in recent years it’s become popular in Japan to transform rice into a kind of “bread” in itself, bridging the cultural gap between the classic onigiri rice ball and the hamburger bun. Yonekichi has brought the rice burger to New York City, and it’s already changing the way people think of sandwiches.
Brushed with just a light hint of soy sauce and grilled to order, the satisfaction of eating a nice piece of meat (or seafood!) over a bed of rice fuses with the pleasure of just biting down and tearing through a delicious burger.
Hi-Collar is a Japanese café, or kissaten, named after a term popularized during the Japanese Jazz Age that symbolizes Japan’s flirtation with the West. In order to keep the attendees at Waku Waku +NYC cool in the heat, Hi-Collar will be bringing their specially brewed iced coffee to Brooklyn!
Iced Coffee at Hi-Collar comes in three varieties, the strong and deeply flavorful “Mizudashi,” the clean refreshment of their Japanesed Iced Coffee, and a special Aeropress variety with complex characteristics.
All of these items will be served together at Waku Waku +NYC courtesy of T.I.C. Group Restaurants! Try one, try them all, do what satisfies you!