Kopi Ramen Grand Opening
Named after the Indonesian word for coffee, Kopi Kopi is a specialty coffee shop and restaurant with a unique ambiance, savory Indonesian treats, and a carefully curated selection of artisanal coffee. On Dec. 1, Kopi Kopi held a grand opening celebration to commemorate the opening of their new Kopi Ramen concept, newly located in the back of the coffee shop. After visiting Japan, walking around and trying different types of Ramen there, co-owner, Grace realized that simple ramen was the best of all. The Kopi Ramen menu is simplified as a result, but the dishes it offers reflect an authentic, traditional Japanese taste that places an emphasis on both the noodles and the other ingredients. There are five varieties of ramen to choose from: miso, spicy miso, shio, shoyu, and veggie miso or veggie spicy miso. The concept for the Kopi Ramen space aims to be like a secret, hidden gem known only to connoisseurs. The restaurant’s four partners came up with the interior design, and the wall painting is Grace’s original hand-painted creation. It’s a unique place where you can enjoy coffee and, stealthily, now ramen as well.
Location: 68 W. 3rd St., (bet. LaGuardia Pl. & Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
TEL: 212-777-7285 / www.instagram.com/kopi_ramen/
The Wonder 500
January 28-February 9
The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
The Wonder 500 campaign is intended to showcase unique Japanese products that are unfamiliar outside of Japan. Comprising 500 products from all 47 Japanese prefectures, selected by 30 of Japan’s top expert producers, each of these items embodies the craftsmanship and superior design that Japanese products are renowned for. The 500 products fall broadly into several industries including food, manufacturing, accessories and fashion, home décor, furniture design and tourism. They range from items such as specially hand-crafted lacquered chopsticks, hand-blown glass cups, denim, couture bags, condiments such as seasoning and sauces, and much more.
Location: The Exhibition Hall
4 W. 43rd St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10036
Another Hole and The Last Observer
Through February 12 FREE
hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK
Daisuke Nagaoka is a leading video artist in Japan’s contemporary art scene. Nagaoka creates a series of animations using his pencil drawings. While a video camera records from above, he draws and erases images on paper repeatedly. Building narratives on a single sheet of paper, the sense of time is a fundamental theme in his animations. The work is a three-part animation series. The first-part is being screened at the Jewish Museum in New York City through Feb. 4 as part of the “Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video” exhibition. The remaining two animations: Another Hole and The Last Observer are being screened at hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK.
Location: 434 Greenwich St., (at Vestry St.), New York, NY 10013
Lessons from Recovery: The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011
January 28-February 23 FREE
The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club
This exhibition showcases photos that document ongoing steps of recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Five years after the disaster, media coverage on the recovery has waned, and it may seem that Japan’s recovery efforts are moving along smoothly. However, there are still many problems yet to be solved. This exhibition helps the audience become aware of the continuing efforts in the local community.
Location: 145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-581-2223 / www.nipponclub.org
Yoshitoshi Mori Family Estate Exhibition
Through March 3 FREE
Yoshitoshi Mori (1898-1992) is one of the best known artists in the Japanese sosaku hanga movement, helping to establish the form of kappazuri stencil prints as the defining graphic artform in post-war Japan. His iconic works can be found in museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art – but many of his works have remained private and behind closed doors. This exhibition features exclusive first issues and works of his that have never before been seen in public.
Location: 425 Madison Ave., (at 49th St.), 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10017
/ TEL: 212-688-0188
ERIKA "Nostalgia" Live
Jazz at Kitano
Japanese Jazz vocalist, ERIKA, will come back to Jazz at Kitano in January. This is her 9th live at the popular jazz club and is for the double celebration of the release of new album "Nostalgia" and her birthday. She will be accompanied by Juancho Herrera (guitar), Helio Alves (piano), Ben Zwerin (bass), and Keita Ogawa (drums).
Location: 66 Park Ave, (at 38th St.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-885-7119 (Reservation only) / Info:www.erikajazz.com
Akiko Yano Trio in Concert
Returning to Joe’s Pub for the first time since 2014, singer-songwriter Akiko Yano will be presenting a special evening of music with her longtime New York friends, Will Lee (bass, vocals) and Chris Parker (drums). They will showcase some of Ms. Yano’s favorite songs from the 70s as well as selections from her new album, Welcome to Jupiter, which was released in Japan last September. The Trio will also play some songs that you can only hear live. Tickets are $35.
Location: 425 Lafayette St., (bet. 4th St. & Astor Pl.)
TEL: 212-967-7555 / www.joespub.com
Valentine’s Partner Thai Massage Workshop
Madison Healing Arts
On Feb. 13, Madison Healing Arts is offering group workshops for couples and friends to learn the various postures to guide their partner through a full body stretch sequence similar to yoga. This workshop also teaches partners the nurturing, relaxing and therapeutic benefits of a massage. Madison Healing Arts provides traditional Thai massage treatments including Thai yoga which relieves muscular tension and improves blood circulation and body balance. Limited to only 6 couples, and the price is $60 per couple.Reservations can be made by phone or on their website.
Location: 280 Madison Ave., (bet. 39th & 40th Sts.)
New York, NY 10016
TEL: 866-758-2889 / www.nyc-thaimassage.com
Author Discussion: Music for Antinuclear Protest Meets the Music of Radicalism
The first book on Japan’s antinuclear music, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima, provides a compelling new perspective on the role of music in political movements. Author Noriko Manabe shows that music played a central role in expressing antinuclear sentiments and mobilizing political resistance in Japan. Manabe and Jonathan Pieslak, author of Radicalism in Music, will discuss how music contributes to political expression.
Location: 1073 Avenue of the Americas, (bet. 40th & 41st Sts.)
New York, NY 10018
TEL: 212-869-1700 / www.kinokuniya.com/us
Family Day: Korean New Year 2016
The Korea Society will be hosting a Korean New Year family day with fun activities. Children can learn traditional games, listen to folk tales, learn calligraphy, and practice the traditional New Year’s bow, sebae. Participants can also make arts and crafts and play a hand-drum. There are two sessions and tickets are available for purchase at the Korea Society’s website. This event is part of CelebrASIA NYC, a collaboration with cultural institutions in New York City to introduce Asian culture and festivals to children.
Location: 950 Third Ave., (at 57th St.), New York, NY 10022
Calligraphy Workshop and Doll Festival Concert
February 1 & 26
Friends Academy of Japanese Children’s Society
The Friends Academy of Japanese Children’s Society, which offers Japanese language instruction to children, is hosting two special events. There will be a Calligraphy Workshop on Feb. 1. Anyone from elementary school age children to adults is welcome to participate; the fee is $10 per person. Finished compositions will be presented in a calendar. Also on Feb. 26, there will be a Doll Festival Concert featuring koto and shakuhachi music as well as a live calligraphy demonstration. Attendance is free. Reservations required via telephone or email.
Location: 310 W. 103rd St., (bet. West End Ave. & Riverside Dr.)
New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-935-8535 / www.japaneseschool.org
Chocolate Ice Macaron Tasting
February 13 & 14 FREE
café KAI Sweets
Opened in 2015 at Mitsuwa Marketplace in New Jersey, café KAI Sweets sells sweet confections such as macarons, ice macarons, strawberry daifuku (strawberry and red bean paste in mochi), choux à la crème pastries and Japanese style crêpes. As of February, they’ll be adding a new flavor to their line of tasty ice macarons: chocolate. On Feb. 13 and 14, customers will be able to sample the delicious new chocolate ice macaron at a special free tasting event. Portions are sample size, but anyone is welcome to enjoy them.
Location: Mitsuwa Marketplace, 595 River Rd.
Edgewater, NJ 07020
TEL: 201-297-4777 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Valentine 4-Course Menu
Songkran Thai Kitchen
Songkran Thai Kitchen is a cozy dining place that offers contemporary Thai cuisine in Chelsea. Songkran will be providing a Special Valentine’s 4-course menu that includes soups, starters, main course and dessert with drinks for only $44 for two people. When making a reservation, mention Chopsticks NY to receive two additional glasses of sparkling wine for free with the meal.
Location: 330 8th Ave., (bet. 26th & 27th Sts.), New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-239-8792 / www.songkrankitchennyc.com
Special Haircut Discount
From November 2015 to February 2016, Chopsticks NY customers can receive a special haircut discount from veteran hairdresser, Ken Shigematsu. For only $40 (Reg. $70), customers will be treated to 30 years of expertise in his way of creating individualistic styles and catering to his customer’s desires. Don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment.
Location: 123 5th Ave., (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.), New York, NY 10003
Free Ramen Topping at a Late Night Izakaya
Known as Totto Ramen by day, this restaurant becomes a special izakaya called Shinya Shokudo late at night, serving specially arranged ramen as well as regular izakaya favorites. Of course they have Japanese beer and wine, but an abundant selection of gins and whiskies is also available. Mention this article from Chopsticks NY and get a double helping of a meat topping or a single topping from the general menu for free. Offer valid through February 2016.
Location: 248 E. 52nd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10022
Relax and Ease Stress with Reduced-Price Acupuncture Treatments
Recently opened on the Lower East Side, REST provides acupuncture in a unique, stylish, and spacious environment. Acupuncturists, Yukiko Naoi and Lexy Norindr provide stress reduction treatments, allowing each client to reach a deep state of relaxation. To celebrate its grand opening, REST is holding a campaign until the end of January 2016, offering sessions for $50 (Reg. $75) to first time clients. By offering less expensive sessions, REST makes it possible for everyone to relax on a regular basis.
Location: 131 Norfolk St. (bet. Rivington & Stanton Sts.)
New York, NY 10002
Sumo Tournament Watching Event
Lower East Side izakaya, AZASU recently revamped its concept as a sumo wrestling theme restaurant. Throughout January, they are offering a New Year's Party (shinnenkai) plan: an Ozeki course with dishes such as yellowtail tataki, kushiage skewers, and the famous chanko-nabe dish favored by sumo wrestlers. AZASU is also holding a sumo tournament watching event, during which they will be screening sumo matches daily from Jan. 10 – Jan. 24. On the tournament’s final day, they’ll have an all-you-can-eat buffet special for $50 per person.
Location: 49 Clinton St., (bet. Stanton & Rivington Sts.)
New York, NY 10002
TEL: 212-777-7069 / www.azasunyc.com
Trial Classes in Asian Languages
In honor of the New Year, Hills Learning, specializing in Japanese and Asian languages, is offering trial classes. For a limited time, you can come and try learning Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, or Thai for only $20. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Dates on which the trial classes are available may vary according to the language. For further information including registration, visit their website and the page of the language you are interested in.
Location: 50 E. 42nd St., (at Madison Ave.), Suite 900
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-551-7903 / www.hillslearning.com
10% Discount Dim Sum for Chopsticks NY Readers
Golden Unicorn Restaurant
Golden Unicorn, a long-standing institution in New York's Chinatown, is popular with everyone from Chinese guests to tourists; the restaurant is often packed on the weekends. Their delicious dim sum has been covered countless times in the media. In celebration of the New Year, Chopsticks NY readers can enjoy a 10% discount on dim sum. Note that this offer is only available during regular dim sum hours. Everything is handmade; more than 50 varieties are available, each reflecting a traditional taste.
Location: 18 E. Broadway, (bet. Catherine & Market Sts.)
New York, NY 10002
TEL: 212-941-0911 / www.goldenunicornrestaurant.com
Japanese Coming of Age Ceremony Promotion
KaedeNYC, a unique fashion consultancy specializing in Japanese kimono rental and styling for both the Asian and US markets, is offering a promotional 20% off discount for all services related to the Japanese Coming of Age ceremony, including furisode kimono rental, kimono dressing service, makeup, hairstyling, and photography. In addition to the special discount, clients will receive a complimentary photograph (U.S. letter size) complete with its own frame. All services are provided by professional estheticians and kimono fitting specialists.
Location: 45 W. 34th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), #1107
New York, NY 10001
TEL: 347-450-5692 / www.kaedenyc.com
Grand Opening Special: Free Glass of Draft Beer
Ramen Setagaya’s well-established East Village and Fort Lee, NJ restaurants have been operating continuously for several years. In the middle of December, Ramen Setagaya opened a third location in Williamsburg. The East Village and Fort Lee locations feature shoyu and shio ramen with an authentic chicken base, but the new Williamsburg restaurant offers a signature tonkotsu base ramen. To celebrate the new restaurant's opening, the Williamsburg shop will offer a free glass of draft beer to customers ordering ramen and showing the coupon in the ad on page 22.
Location: 280 Bedford Ave., (bet. Grand. and N. 1st Sts.)
Brooklyn, NY 11249
TEL: 718-218-8508 / www.ramensetagayany.com
10% Off Specially Designed Original Hoodies
Yaya Tea Garden
Yaya Tea Garden is a café specializing in freshly brewed tea and Japanese rice balls. Owner Mindy's specially designed hoodies are very popular among customers, especially students and young people. There are two styles, each one decorated with simple and lovely illustrations including rice ball characters as well as the shop's logo. Since the hoodies are black, they match well with any outfit. Through Jan. 31, they’re available for 10% off. Supplies are limited, so strike while the iron is hot!
Location: Manhattan location
51 Chrystie St., (bet. Canal & Hester Sts.), New York, NY 10002
2320 86th St., Brooklyn, NY 11214 / www.yayatea.com
Hell's Fire Ramen Campaign with Special Gyoza Offer
In honor of the new Upper West Side branch that opened in September, Naruto Ramen is offering a campaign for a super-spicy ramen to warm you up this winter. Full of Korean red chili paste, red chili pepper and kimchi, the Hell’s Fire Ramen has five levels of heat. Upon finishing a bowl of the fiery Level 5 ramen, you can get a coupon for a free serving of house-made gyoza. The campaign is running at the following three locations and ends at the end of January.
Upper West Side location
2634 Broadway, (at 100th St.), New York, NY 10025
Upper East Side location
1596 3rd Ave, (bet. 89th & 90th Sts.), New York, NY 10128
276 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
TEL: 718-832-1111 / www.narutoramenex.com
Free Whitening Kit for New Patients
Dental Serenity of Manhattan
This February, Dental Serenity is offering first time patients a free whitening kit when they receive a dental examination, x-rays and cleaning. Dental Serenity offers a variety of services in dentistry and cosmetic dentistry with flexible payment options with or without insurance. Dental Serenity gives patients individualized care to help them achieve a healthy smile.
Location: 515 Madison Ave., (53rd St.), Suite 1225
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-858-9266 / www.dentalserenity.us
New Year Special: 50% Discount on Language Lessons
Embark on a new linguistic journey with the Eton Institute this New Year with professional, highly customizable courses at half the price. With this special offer, students can start the New Year with enhancing their language skills on a budget. Eton Institute is globally recognized as a leader in learning and development solutions, offering TESOL/TFL courses and Professional Development Training courses including business skills and business English, in over 100 languages and Mobile learning programs internationally. To register send an email to email@example.com
Location: 424 W. 33rd St., (bet. 9th & 10th Aves.), Suite 340
New York, NY 10001
Free Delivery for New “Postmates” Users
Silk Cakes is a specialty cake shop that uses Asian inspired designs and unique Asian flavor combinations. The chef and founder, Judy Lai combines her passion for Asian desserts with her expertise in French cuisine to create these special desserts. Those who make a delivery order through Postmates for the first time will get $10 delivery credit for the next use at Postmates. Don’t forget to enter the CODE: silkcakes on Postmates. Please note that delivery is only available in Manhattan.
Location: 53 Ludlow St., (bet. Grand & Hester Sts.)
New York, NY 10002
98-14 Metropolitan Ave., (bet. 69th Rd. & 70th Ave.)
Forest Hills, NY 11375
TEL: 917-892-5851 / www.silkcakes.com
Revitalizing Hair Treatments
Belea New York
Belea New York is a Japanese hair salon in Midtown which provides personalized service and warm hospitality. Among the products they offer are AMATORA QUO treatments, which are very effective for preventing UV damage as well as white and gray hairs. They repair deeply damaged hair, lending body and resilience while extending the life of hair color and permanent waves. The first five Chopsticks NY readers that make an appointment for a hair service will receive a free AMATORA QUO Hair Bath treatment.
Location: 239 E. 53rd St.
(bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 646-707-0050 / www.beleany.com
Free Coffee with Purchase of Ice Macaron
café KAI Sweets
Located at Mitsuwa Marketplace in New Jersey, café KAI Sweets offers a variety of sweet indulgences including ice macarons, a new creation combining macarons and ice cream into a delicious sandwich style dessert. Flavors available include mango, strawberry, green tea, and chocolate. Through Feb. 29, customers ordering an ice macaron, priced at $4.75 each, will receive a free hot coffee. This is an exclusive offer for Chopsticks NY readers, so don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY when placing your order.
Location: Mitsuwa Marketplace
595 River Rd., Edgewater, NJ 07020
TEL: 201-297-4777 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Networking Event for Bilingual Young Professionals
Japanese American Association Community Center / Hall
The Japanese American Association (JAA) and Hoshuko Alumni Association, Inc. (HAA) hosted a special networking event for bilingual young professionals in New York on Dec. 16. Founded in 1907 and in continuous operation since 1946, JAA is the largest and oldest Japanese community service organization in the greater New York area. HAA is a non-profit alumni organization incorporated in 2004, consisting of students who have attended any “hoshuko” (Japanese schools typically offered to K-12 students on weekends in addition to their American School English curriculum) within the U. S. The event was conceived as an opportunity for young professionals to meet and make connections with business professionals. About 50 people participated in the event. While sharing information about one another’s experiences and talents over food and drinks, attendees were able to make the acquaintances they sought and discover the career or business opportunities they were looking for.
Location: 49 W. 45th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
Celebrating the Launch of Nabe Hot Pot
Nabe Harlem in East Harlem serves Japanese comfort food with a soulful twist. They recently started serving its namesake, nabe hot pot. Celebrating this, owner, Larry Parker hosted an event offering nabe hot pot on Dec. 19. Customers enjoyed nabe hot pot, assorted appetizers and dessert for only $20 per person. Live jazz performance by Japanese musicians enhanced the hot mood during the event.
Location: 2367 Frederick Douglass Blvd., (at 127th St.)
New York, NY 10027
TEL: 646-370-4008 / www.nabeunderground.com/
10% Off All Lunch Menu Items
Himalayan Yak Restaurant
Located in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, Himalayan Yak Restaurant serves delicious Indian cuisine as well as specialties from Nepal and Tibet. They also offer an abundance of vegetarian dishes from which to choose. Dine in and enjoy the warm hospitality of their friendly staff, or order delivery from the comfort of home. During the month of February from Mondays through Fridays starting at noon and continuing through 5 pm, guests can take advantage of a special discount: 10% off anything from the lunch menu, no matter what the item.
Location: 72-20 Roosevelt Ave., (bet. 72nd & 73rd Sts.)
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
TEL: 718-779-1119 / www.himalayanyak.net
Free Anniversary Tote Bag with Purchase
Sara Japanese Pottery
Opened in 1989, Sara Japanese Pottery specializes in Japanese dinnerware created by both Japanese and American artisans. In addition to ceramics, Sara also features works made from glass, bamboo, textile, lacquer, and even iron sculptures. In honor of their 25th anniversary, they created special limited edition tote bag featuring 25 special tea bowl designs. Chopsticks NY readers can receive one of these tote bags as a free gift with any purchase if they mention Chopsticks NY. Available through February.
Location: 950 Lexington Ave., (bet. 69th & 70th Sts.)
New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-772-3243 / www.saranyc.com
15% off Online Sushi Delivery
Sushi Star is a Japanese restaurant offering high quality, reasonably priced sushi to enjoy on the go, in the restaurant, or via delivery to a wide area in Midtown. All their ingredients are carefully sourced from reputable purveyors to guarantee the freshest possible taste. There’s no need to schlep outside if you’re craving any of their sushi, soft drinks, or beer; just place an order through their website. Get 15% off your online order in February with promo code ‘chopsticksny.’
Location: 462 9th Ave., (bet. 35th & 36th Sts.)
New York, NY 10018
TEL: 212-279-1010 / www.sushistar.com
‘”Visit Japan” Campaign at New York Times Travel Show
Japan National Tourism Organization
From Jan. 8-10, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) promoted Japan as a tourist destination at the New York Times Travel Show. This year, 20 organizations, including local municipal governments, hotels and travel agencies, participated in the Japan booth to provide travel information about Japan and to network. “We see a growing demand of visiting Japan from the U.S. today. We’d like to ride on this trend and try effective promotional projects in collaboration with companies and organizations in the industry,” says Mr. Ken Iwata, executive director of JNTO New York. During the three day event, about 8,500 people visited the Japan booth for more knowledge and information.
Info: Japan National Tourism Organization New York Office