I don’t plan on writing too much about eating out because part of my clean eating philosophy is that we should prepare most of our food and buy high quality ingredients. I don’t sweat it too much when I eat out because I only do it about once or twice a week, but at the back of my mind, I know I’m not giving my body the best fuel I can.
However, once in a while I come across a restaurant worth writing about, like Takashi. Located in the West Village, Takashi is dedicated to clean carnivore food that tastes amazing. It’s run by a chef of the same name–a third-generation Korean from Japan whose food reflects his cultural background. Here’s the thing about Takashi: aside from a few appetizer or sides, everything on the menu is beef. All beef. And all different bizarre and glorious parts of the cow. Most is meat you grill yourself at the table, but there’s also a raw section of the menu. Before you protest that this hardly sounds like clean eating, Takashi is actually listed in Clean Plates, a restaurant guide dedicated to healthy, sustainable, and tasty food. Takashi hand-picks where each cut of beef comes from, using only sustainably-raised cattle with no antibiotics or hormones from New York state, Kansas, and Oregon farms.
We started with complimentary cabbage salad, bean sprouts, and kimchi. Mmmmm love kimchi.
We ordered the Yooke from the raw section. This is a raw thinly-sliced chuck eye tartare in sauce and a quail egg on top.
This is what the Yooke looked like after the waitress mixed it up for us. This was definitely the best thing we ate all night. Man, it was sooo good.
Another item from the raw menu: Mino-Yubiki, flash-boiled first stomach with ponzu sauce. We debated which stomach to get (first, second, third…), not knowing the difference. Then the film The Human Centipede popped into my mind. I insisted on first stomach. (If you haven’t already heard of that movie, DO NOT LOOK IT UP. SAVE YOURSELF!)
We also got some ribeye, beef belly, and liver to grill. The ribeye and liver was good, but beef belly was definitely our favorite of the three. There was an item on the menu called “The Tongue Experience” that got me all curious. Maybe next time!
- Takashi doesn’t take reservations for parties of less than four people.
- If you don’t have a reservation, be prepared to go early, put your name down, and hang out at a bar nearby for an hour or two (I recommend Little Branch). They’ll call you if a table opens up earlier than they estimated, which is awesome.
- Two raw items + three grilled meats was enough to satiate two people with medium appetites, though they suggest more.
- The service is great and our waitress was happy to explain everything and make good recommendations.
- You will leave with happy stomachs and happy hearts that you got in touch with your primal nature. Meeeeeeeat.
456 Hudson St
(between Morton St & Barrow St)
New York, NY 10014