Japan is fighting an invasion of giant jelly fish that has been devastating the fishing industry. Echizen kurage are 6ft wide and weigh 450lb, and have been filling and breaking fishermen's nets, or crushing and poisoning any fish caught in the net with them.The problem has become so serious the government has formed a jellyfish countermeasure committee and fishery officials from Japan, China, and South Korea will be gathering later this month at a "jellyfish summit" to discuss strategies for dealing with the invasion. In the meantime, the Japanese are trying to creating a market for the jellyfish, eating and promoting them as a novelty food.
After reading about it on Chowhound, I visited the recently-opened Black Pearl on Avenue A with friends last month to check out their Tuesday Night Lobster Special: $14.95 buys you an entire lobster + a load of tasty fries. We also really liked the seafood platters and steamers, can't go wrong with those, and the bar they share space with, Julep, is very low-key. It's a good place to have a meal and then drinks with people and not have to worry about any sort of scene.
Black Pearl's specialty is lobster rolls but at $20 a pop, I haven't gotten around to trying them yet, and maybe I'll hold off for a while since despite being deathly allergic, the Village Voice's Nina Lalli has put together a great list of places to have lobster rolls in the city: To Die For: It's Lobster Roll Season in New York. My belly appreciates her courage in the face of danger.