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Dojo Artist Spotlight: Austin Phelps

Hi everyone! Here at Dojo we like to display artwork and support local artists. One artist currently on display is Austin Phelps, also a member of the Dojo team.

Phelps, based in New York, is from Roanoke Virginia. He is passionate about a career in the arts and delves into photography as well. He got his start growing up, “In middle school I switched from music to art. Then I asked friends if I could take photos of them and dress them weird,” Said Phelps.

His start in art may have come from his childhood, but the style of the art he creates comes from everyday objects and street styles, “I Dress people up with objects. I’m still trying to figure out and I learn as I go. I go to  Brooklyn, Crown Heights for inspiration. There’s crazy clothes and people there.”

The current pieces on display at Dojo are different than what he normally makes in that it doesn’t combine photography and painting, “I made them in the winter when I was extremely depressed. I made it my New Year’s resolution to get in a show. I wanted to put color on then faces at the end; color blocking.”

Showing at Dojo is only the second place he has shown his artwork, although his photography can be seen in many other places such as online due to past experiences like when he shot during Fashion Week for Donna Karen in the winter/fall of 2014, and when one of his pictures was used by H&M for an in-store campaign.

Austin Phelp’s artwork at Dojo is currently for sale, and you can view his photography on his website austinphelpsphotography.com and keep up to date with him.

As far as what’s to come next, Phelps said, “I’m very open, what you see is what you get.”

Don’t forget to also keep up to date with us for news and information about other artists showing at Dojo. Follow us on Instagram @dojorestaurantnyc and like us on Facebook!




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New Menu Items

Hi Everyone! - Summer is sadly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean things have to get boring or go back to normal just quite yet. We have some new menu items that’ll surely get you excited for the changes coming.

Lets start off with the bacon lovers. For those of you that simply can’t get enough or are looking to splurge, we have added bacon wrapped. This is salty and savory and it has asparagus so you do not have to feel as guilty about eating it since it includes a vegetable. This is a great way to set the tone for the meal or get your palette ready for what is coming next.

Next  we have added a chicken cheese tenderloin. This new entree is cheesy, delicious, and will leave you wanting more. And even if you’re not a chicken lover, this can convert you to one, or you can try our new sizzling plate that features diced teriyaki steak. This will get your taste buds going and leave them happy when you’re all done; because it is that good...you’ll finish the whole thing.  

These new menu items are available now at Dojo so come in and try them out with a group or by yourself. Take a picture of your food, upload it to instagram, and tag us (@dojorestaurantnyc)  for a chance at a shoutout. We love seeing people enjoying their food experience with us.

Keep connected with us as well by following us on Facebook and Instagram (@dojorestaurantnyc), and for more frequent updates join our email list so you can get updates directly to your email.
 

Enjoy the last few days of summer and look out for more updates soon!


 

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Dojo Ramen Shop

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Dojo Ramen Shop

Hi Everyone - hope you all had a great weekend! As some of you may know, Dojo has undergone renovations a year and a half ago and we have added a ramen shop to the restaurant. It sounds a bit complicated, but really, it isn't. You can access the Dojo Ramen Shop from within the restaurant or enter from a separate outside entrance.

Ramen has definitely become a popular choice of food and is spreading like wildfire across the United States. The definite origin of ramen is not clear. However, many say that it is of Chinese origin. The first ramen shop in Japan opened in 1910, in Yokohama. Currently, there is a popular Ramen Museum in Yokohama where it harbors the most popular ramen shops within Japan in one location -- right inside the museum.

What makes a perfect ramen bowl? It really depends on each person's tastes. From the type of noodles, to the type of broth, every ramen shop is unique in its flavors and presentation. At DOJO RAMEN, we have shoyu ramen (chicken broth based), tonkotsu ramen (pork broth based), miso ramen based (chicken & pork broth based), and vegetable ramen (vegetable broth based). We also have ramen specials here and there! For specials, we have the Yuzu Shio Kaisen Ramen (seafood broth based), Tomato Ume Tonkotsu Ramen (pork broth based). For the summer, we have a seasonal special called Salmon Tsukemen (cold noodles with salmon based ramen soup).

We are definitely thinking of having something new to start at the end of summer, just in time for fall. Open to suggestions!!

BTW Keep in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram (@dojorestaurantnyc)

PICTURED HERE:: Yuzu Kosho Shio Ramen

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SUMMERTIME MEANS KAKIGORI SHAVED ICE!

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SUMMERTIME MEANS KAKIGORI SHAVED ICE!

Hi Everyone - we hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! As some of you may know, we have started to serve Kakigori (Japanese shaved ice) at Dojo. Kakigori has always been a popular Japanese dessert, existing way back since the Heian Period (11th century). Obviously there were no shaved ice machines back then so people made Kakigori by shaving natural ice formed during winter with a knife blade. The ice that was shaved was then stored in ice houses. Only the upper class were able to eat this delicious Kakigori during that time. When Meiji Period came around, Kakigori became available to the mass public. The first Kakigori shop opened in Kanagawa in 1872. Ever since then, Kakigori continues to be a favorite dessert/snack to many, especially during summer!

Dojo currently has three shaved ice flavors - Strawberry, Melon, and Green Tea. You can have it at the restaurant or get it to go in a cup! Stay cool from the hot summer and refresh yourself with one of our kakigori! We are also open to suggestions for more new flavors, so leave us some comments or e-mail us! Stay hydrated ;)

 

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Spring is around the corner

Hi everyone!

With spring just around the corner, we wanted to keep everyone updated on what's happening at Dojo.

Yesterday, March 14th was an eventful day for Japan and the rest of the world - who can resist pie on Pi Day? We hope you had tried of our pie selections, like the decadent mud pie, the crumbly apple pie or the light and tasty key lime pie. If you didn't have a chance to on Pi Day, we have them everyday as well! (Even better, get them a la mode vanilla or green tea ice cream.)

Speaking of sweet things, March 14th is White Valentine in Japan. Unlike the American tradition, Valentine's day in Japan is a day for girls and women to express their affection to men by giving them chocolate (handmade chocolate if the person in question is extra special). In turn, men will wait a month, until March 14th to give back the gift. It is called White Day because Japanese confectionary companies started to market marshmallows and white chocolate to men as a gift. Immensely popular among high school and college students to confess to their crushes, and among adults to express their love or even social obligation, White Day is a nice addition to Valentine's Day in Japan.

Last of all, we wanted to touch upon a more somber subject: this March marks 4 years since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which took almost 15,000 deaths and many injured and missing peoples. Since then, the Japanese people and people of the world have joined in efforts to recover from the tragedy, and though things may not be the same as before, Japan is well on its way to rebuilding people's lives. Supporting Japanese businesses and products and promoting Japanese culture is how we have chosen to give a helping hand!

That's all for today - enjoy the weather and we will be back with updates on our spring activities!

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