Weekend Lunch: Mitsuwa Marketplace, New Jersey
This may surprise you, but over the weekend I don’t eat lunch in Midtown. (Why would anybody???) I do however feel the same hunger on Saturdays and Sundays that I feel during the week, and my tastes don’t change either (fat man likey good food). So, I’ve decided to share a few of my weekend lunches that would fit the very high Midtown Lunch’ing standards (namely- cheap, fresh, authentic and delicious!)
If you had two hours for lunch, and worked in Port Authority, you might be able to make it to Mitsuwa Marketplace for lunch during the week (the shuttle is 30 minutes each way), but unfortunately for most, it will have to be relegated to weekend lunch’ing. If you are not familiar with it, Mitsuwa is a giant Japanese Grocery store in Edgewater, NJ, with a built in food court serving up ramen, katsu, sushi and all other things Japanese.
We trekked out there on Saturday and had a bowl of Udon from the food court, but the real treat was the Giant Bluefin Tuna Cut Performance that happens once a year.
Photos of the giant fish that was filleted right in front me, minutes before I enjoyed eating it… after the jump-
This “performance” was no joke…
Yes, that is a guy standing over the giant fish with a knife the size of a machete.
And that’s what it looked like after the first section was removed.
More big knife action cutting into delicious tuna.
And one more step, before heading into my mouth…
Easily the freshest tuna I’ve ever eaten, and probably the most delicious (outside of some of the best sushi restaurants in New York City, where the price is significantly more than $9.95 for 7 pieces of beautiful tuna sushi). The guy who brought the fish in said it had been caught off the coast of Spain two days before it was flown to Jersey to be “performed” on.
The Tuna Cut Performance only happens once a year, but the food court and grocery store are well worth the trip to Edgewater. The shuttle from Port Authority runs 7 days a week, and only costs $2 each way. Get all the info you need at http://www.mitsuwanj.com/
And for all the photos from my visit, go to my Flickr Photo Page