Our Man Sietsema: 'a mouthful that resembles the aftermath of a blowjob'
"'That's sea urchin, by the way, not street urchin,' I pontificated to my companions. It didn't elicit much of a laugh."
Oh, Sietsema. We would have laughed at that joke, for sure. This week, Our man checked out Japanese home-cooking at Chiyono, a homey spot amid the Indian eateries on East 6th Street.
At Chiyono, fishy potato croquettes abound, and the gyoza are made to order. Unsurprisingly, vegetarians might as well skip it:
Filled with a coarse mixture of ground pork, the gyoza are miraculously thin-skinned. The vegetarian version—stuffed with seaweed, shiitakes, and tofu—doesn't taste nearly as good.
There are also adventures to be had, like the pirikara-konnyaku, hunks of starch with soy sauce and bonito flakes on top, and then there's this:
A mouthful starts out damp and chewy, then resolves itself into a liquid gooeyness that resembles the aftermath of a blowjob.
But you'll have to find out what that is for yourself.
328 East 6th Street