Our obsession with Iron Chef Japan is getting a little ridiculous. But thanks to two great resources, we can now find all things Japanese for our (at home, pretend) kitchen stadium.
Especially imported hairy crab! Yum!
The brand new Japanese Culinary Center, located at 711 Third Ave. (entrance on 45th St. between Second and Third aves.); 212-661-3333, is the perfect place to score any number of bizarre but cool imported items (just ask any of the unusually helpful staff for advice), while your fresh produce and fish products can be easily ordered online from www.takashimaya-ny.com/jp.