Neighborhood: Tribeca
Type of Place: Housewares


If you’re a serious chef looking for some vital cutlery for your kitchen collection, including first-rate Japanese knives from reputable chefs like Masamoto and Suisin, then make it your business to head to Korin as soon as possible. If you’re an online order-er, I would suggest you close shut down your laptop and head to this shop because there is nothing like handling kitchen knives in order to feel what’s best for you , because knives are their specialty.

Korin does have some impressive displays of tableware encased in museum-like enclosures featuring Western style goods, but the real gems here are their Japanese goods. If you’re an experienced chef, you know that spending a good amount of money is par for the course when it comes to chopping up a good meal, and this shop is no exception to that rule. However, let that not sway you away from Korin. Here, you can expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $2000 on a dependable set of blades. And if you’re deeper into the Japanese-making cuisine than most, you’ll be glad to know that Korin also carries an impressive collection of sushi-making items including rubberized cutting boards and whetstones.

A super plus: Korin offers free sharpening for Western knife purchases and there is an apprentice on hand, Master Sugai-san, to accomplish that sharpening, who you can actually watch do the deed, which to me is pretty darn cool.

Aside from knives, Korin carries other items for your kitchen including rice cookers, ramen spoons, sushi rollers, food decorations i.e. that green plastic doo-dad that comes alongside your spicy tuna roll, vacuum packed bamboo leaves ( $$12.30 - $21.50), edible gold flakes ($52.50) and bamboo skewers  which will run you about $.24 for 100 pieces.  You can even purchase cocktail parasols here ($3.80/100) and so much more.

There are so many items at Korin, it will take you more than an few hours to ingest just how much goes into creating a neat, delicious Japanese meal. In order to get the full gist, you have to visit the store yourself.  When I did, although a bit overwhelmed, I was quite enthralled at the possibility of the Japanese fare I could create in the comfort of my own home. I encourage you to do the same. Sushi’s where it’s at lately, and it’s plain as day there’s no reason why you cannot create this luxurious, mouth-watering cuisine on your own. Thanks to shops like Korin, here’s no excuse for why it can’t be done.

  - Janice Bevilacqua

57 Warren St
(Broadway & Church St)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-7021