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Bess Adler

Where to Eat Uni in New York City

Eater critic Robert Sietsema's picks for eating sea urchin over rice, noodles, and even pizza.

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| Bess Adler

Sea urchin is seeing much wider and more creative uses in the city’s restaurants, and diners seem more willing to try it in unfamiliar contexts, usually paying a premium for the privilege. Following are some restaurants serving sea urchin in dishes that run from the conventional to the frankly wild.

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1. Hasaki

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210 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-3327
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At the East Village’s oldest running sushi bar, Hasaki, sea urchin is part of the classic omakase sushi assortment.

2. Ootoya

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8 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-0018
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Japanese import Ootoya often includes a sea urchin “tongue” in its sashimi collection.

3. Lobster Place

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-5672
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Some of the best and freshest uni sushi in town comes from Chelsea Market’s Lobster Place.

4. Mu Ramen

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1209 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(917) 868-8903
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Long Island City’s Mu Ramen offers an appetizer of rice topped with uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe) called “U & I.”

5. Sobakoh

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309 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-2244
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One of the city’s few soba (Japanese buckwheat noodle) parlors, Sobakoh assembles a cold noodle bowl with sea urchin, salmon roe, and two varieties of seaweed.

6. Takashi

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456 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-2929
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Daringly, Japanese BBQ specialist Takashi tenders an uni tongue on a slab of raw steak carpaccio.

7. Joe's of Avenue U

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287 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 449-9285
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At Sicilian old-timer Joe’s of Avenue U in Gravesend, the riccio de mare (sea urchin) is tossed with hot linguine, cooking the echinoderm.

8. El Quinto Pino

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401 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-6900
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Basque tapas bar El Quinto Pino produces a pressed panini of sea urchin flavored with wasabi, via chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero.

9. Mission Chinese Food

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171 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(212) 529-8800
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At Mission Chinese Food, Danny Bowien pioneered an herbed take on the Japanese custard chawanmushi heavily freighted with uni. (It’s not on the current menu, but a squid-ink flatbread served with uni is.)

10. Prova

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184 8th Ave
New York, NY
(212) 641-0977
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The signature pizza of Donatella Arpaia’s newest venture, Prova, features — you guessed it! — sea urchin, squirted all around with squid ink, with no tomato sauce or mozzarella in sight.

11. Cosme

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35 E 21st St
New York, NY
(212) 913-9659
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Cosme’s chef Enrique Olivera surprised patrons of his new restaurant when he dropped a sea urchin tongue on a tostada shell, creating not only an unusual flavor juxtaposition, but also an oddball color contrast of purple and orange.

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1. Hasaki

210 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
At the East Village’s oldest running sushi bar, Hasaki, sea urchin is part of the classic omakase sushi assortment.
210 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003

2. Ootoya

8 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Japanese import Ootoya often includes a sea urchin “tongue” in its sashimi collection.
8 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

3. Lobster Place

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Some of the best and freshest uni sushi in town comes from Chelsea Market’s Lobster Place.
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

4. Mu Ramen

1209 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101
Long Island City’s Mu Ramen offers an appetizer of rice topped with uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe) called “U & I.”
1209 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

5. Sobakoh

309 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003
One of the city’s few soba (Japanese buckwheat noodle) parlors, Sobakoh assembles a cold noodle bowl with sea urchin, salmon roe, and two varieties of seaweed.
309 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003

6. Takashi

456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Daringly, Japanese BBQ specialist Takashi tenders an uni tongue on a slab of raw steak carpaccio.
456 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

7. Joe's of Avenue U

287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223
At Sicilian old-timer Joe’s of Avenue U in Gravesend, the riccio de mare (sea urchin) is tossed with hot linguine, cooking the echinoderm.
287 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11223

8. El Quinto Pino

401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011
Read Review |
Basque tapas bar El Quinto Pino produces a pressed panini of sea urchin flavored with wasabi, via chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero.
401 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011

9. Mission Chinese Food

171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
At Mission Chinese Food, Danny Bowien pioneered an herbed take on the Japanese custard chawanmushi heavily freighted with uni. (It’s not on the current menu, but a squid-ink flatbread served with uni is.)
171 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

10. Prova

184 8th Ave, New York, NY
The signature pizza of Donatella Arpaia’s newest venture, Prova, features — you guessed it! — sea urchin, squirted all around with squid ink, with no tomato sauce or mozzarella in sight.
184 8th Ave
New York, NY

11. Cosme

35 E 21st St, New York, NY
Read Review |
Cosme’s chef Enrique Olivera surprised patrons of his new restaurant when he dropped a sea urchin tongue on a tostada shell, creating not only an unusual flavor juxtaposition, but also an oddball color contrast of purple and orange.
35 E 21st St
New York, NY

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