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Hungry City: Rice Balls, Subtle and Showy Alike, at Omusubi Gonbei

Still, I preferred less showy ingredients: takana, pickled mustard greens with a faint, grounding bitterness; umeboshi, salty-sour pickled plum whose residual sweetness fights through; mentaiko (pollock roe), briny and close to cream.

Jako, dark-eyed glassine baby sardines, bodies ossified, taste like shattered deep-sea bacon. They’re threaded through a rice ball framed by shiso leaves, lending a green scent and hint of menthol.

A shrimp locked in tempura batter flares its tail, the nori draped around the rice like a tuxedo vest. The idea is smartly reprised with a fried oyster, another innovation for the American audience. Spam, a nod to the Hawaiian version of omusubi, is slapped over tamago, omelet laced with sugar and mirin: the classic death match — and love match — of salty and sweet.

Also on offer are miniature buckets ($ 3.50 each) of karaage, fried chicken in boneless pieces, all dark thigh, the meat rich from a bath in soy sauce. The crust softens a little as it sits, but still has fervor, its nubbly coat infiltrated by ginger, garlic and seasonings that the manager very kindly, very firmly refused to name.

Omusubi Gonbei is stationed right inside the entrance to Katagiri, which opened in 1907 as one of the first Japanese markets in the United States. (The original shop still stands on East 59th Street.) Venture deeper, and the missed opportunities multiply: bento boxes, sushi, steam rising from bowls of ramen.

No regrets. Just a promise to come back. NYT > Food

Cynthia Nixon: I Was ‘Devastated’ by This ‘Sex and the City’ Scene

Cynthia Nixon is proud of her work on Sex and the City, but there was one scene in the movie’s sequel that left a bad taste in her mouth.

In Us Weekly’s exclusive sneak peek of Nixon’s upcoming appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, the 51-year-old actress recalls how she reacted when the audience clapped at the 2010 film’s London premiere when Mr. Big (Chris Noth) surprised Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) with a massive closet that he built for her.

Cynthia Nixon in New York City on November 27, 2017.
Cynthia Nixon in New York City on November 27, 2017. Raymond Hall/GC Images

“I was a little devastated,” admits Nixon, who played Cynthia Nixon on the HBO series and subsequent movies. “It seemed to me that the show was so much about female empowerment and about women making their own choices and women standing up for what they wanted and supporting themselves. So, to me, to have this [scene] be a climax of the film, that your very wealthy husband built you a really nice closet for your clothes, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s not really what you love about the show, is it?’ ‘Cause that’s not what we were making it for.”

Still, she adds with a laugh, “We love the clothes! I’m not saying we don’t love the clothes.”

Nixon will appear on The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday, April 4, to discuss everything from her time on Sex and the City to her recent announcement that she is running for governor of New York, challenging two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

If elected, the Emmy winner would make history as the first female and first openly gay governor of New York.

 

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