A three-block section of Sunday’s Broadway Fall Festival (street fair) will have some special treats and performances. The Japan Fes (no, not fest!) is coming to Broadway between 92nd and 94th Street and they’ll be holding a ramen contest.

We will use two blocks of space to house about 60 stores, do the ramen contest , and create a vibrant Japanese atmosphere,” the organizers say on Facebook. The festival lasts from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Photo via Japan Fes.

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    1. dannyboy says:

      Getting started tonight with sushi and saki.

      I ate at a sushi restaurant in SF, some time back, and because of a bad cold didn’t order saki. The server (who was the chef’s wife) was shocked! I tried to explain my reason, but that required great effort as she spoke little English and probably couldn’t conceive of a possible reason.

    2. WombatNYC says:

      one of the better street fairs in the city. Small and intimate with a wonderful selection of food . See you there Sean !

    3. UWSHebrew says:

      sushi pleeze

      • ScooterStan says:

        If you knew Sushi / like Jiro* knows Sushi / Oy-oy…what a great Goy / errr…’cause “guy” don’t rhyme

        *”Jiro Dreams of Sushi A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

    4. Jms says:

      It is my understanding that there will not be 2 or 3 service north of 96th Street and that the MTA will be providing shuttle buses.

      Just wondering how the shuttle buses (not to mention regular buses) are supposed to function if there is a traffic standstill due to part of Broadway being closed for a street “fair”?

      Regular street closings for the multitude of fairs deprives folks of critical mass transit
      Don’t see how that is ok?

      • Cyrus says:

        The buses are traveleling up Central Park West

        • ls says:

          Unfortunately shuttle buses on CPW are likely to encounter spillover traffic. Sounds like a double whammy – no subway service and slow substitute/shuttle bus service. Really bad news for people who need to get to work.

          Also means rerouting of regular 104 buses. Tough for elderly/disabled if they need to go from Broadway to CPW to catch a bus.

    5. UWSider says:

      I was excited about the Ramen, but Naruto Ramen is one of the restaurants and it’s mediocre. I don’t see any ramenya I recognize.

    6. Paul RL says:

      Today I’m turning Japanese – I really think so! See you all there!

    7. geoff says:

      much has been written about japanese concept food. all of it tells us that proclaimed ingredients (yellow fin tuna, blue tuna, salmon, etc) are well, about ⅔ of the time, something else, and certainly cheaper fish. the problem arises with trust. if the fish is not what it is sold as, what else is wrong with the operation, especially health-wise.

      here’s an example from one of many food blogs: “According to Real Food/Fake Food, “Consumers ordering white tuna get a completely different animal, no kind of tuna at all, 94 percent of the time.”

      “A lot of people say, oh, I love eating sushi. But the sushi they are eating is really comparable to McDonald’s,” said Olmsted. “But those same people would never say ‘I love hamburgers, so I eat at McDonald’s.'” But then again, a lot of people do eat at McDonald’s. A lot of people know McDonald’s is not good for them, but they continue to indulge.”

      and “I would definitely not order the tuna roll, first of all. But I do love eel. Eel is a cheap fish, it’s probably not fake at most places, and it’s obvious what it looks like.” And nigiri rolls, or even sashimi, tend to be safer options because you can really see what is inside, and big hunks of fish are harder to mask with fakes. “The chopped-up spicy tuna — that’s crazy, you really have no idea what’s in it.” He also noted, in counter-intuitive fashion, that the cheaper a fish is, the less likely it is counterfeit. So don’t be afraid to slum it, in sushi spots, at least.”

    8. Barbara Michalak says:

      I went to this lovely fair last year and enjoyed the food and atmosphere very much. A refreshing change from the usual big, cookie-cutter fairs.

    9. UWSHebrew says:

      I just came back from street fair. What an insane madhouse the Japanese part was. Never-ending lines, and you had to buy tickets “3 for $20”. For what, some ramen? Gyoza? Not for me. There was no sushi anyway so it was really dull. But lots of Asians love it obviously.

      • John says:

        You could also buy single tickets for $7. Madhouse indeed, but worth it for the houses coming from Japan just for this (in fact, only those two houses had long lines).

        • Zulu says:

          The Ramen was delicious! There were many stands where the lines were only three to four people deep and moved quickly. I asked a Japanese woman why some stands had longer lines and she said it was because those stands where from the south of Japan. She believed there are a lot of southern Japanese folks in NYC feeling homesick. A few others on the line nodded in agreement.

          Overall really tasty ramen on a beautiful day.

    10. Marci says:

      My husband and I went. It was fun; a happening; loads of people out having a good time on a beautiful day. That’s win in my book.