Japanese

Yo Sushi

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Overview:

Japanese dishes taken from the belt or ordered from the open kitchen at a colourful chain eatery.

Information:

Address: 23 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (646) 781-8640

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Price: $$


 

Mifune

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Overview:

Mifune is a sleek, bi-level eatery located in Midtown. The decor is minimalistic and simple, with a comfortable dining room and an eight-seat omakase bar. They specialize in intricate Japanese meals, including tasting menus. Presentation is elegant and dishes aren't overly fussy with too many ingredients. The food comes from two chefs with Michelin star experience and their menu is flush with opulent ingredients like truffle, caviar, foie gras and wagyu beef. Diners can choose between an $120, eight-course tasting meal or select from an a la carte menu. Dishes include king crab egg custard, broiled shrimp with caviar, smoked butterfish and of course expertly sliced sushi. 

Information:

Address245 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 986-2800

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Price: $$$


 

Chikarashi

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Overview:

In a city painfully oversaturated with raw fish and poke places, Chikarashi rises far and above. The fast casual counter spot offers high end chirashi bowls for dine-in or take away. Chef MIchael Jong Lim is an alum of restaurants like Masa, Aldea & Neta so it's no surprise that the man knows what he is doing with fish. There are 11distinctive bowl options and weekly specials with the highest quality fish you can find like expertly sliced bluefin toro, hamachi and unagi. Creative options include Sichuan chili salmon with sansho mayonnaise, furikake, shoyu daikon & katsuo panko or negitoro don tartare with nigiri shoyu, avocado, nori & shiso. It is rare & exciting to find such quality in what is essentially a fast casual concept. Look for two more locations opening soon in Nomad & FiDi. 

Information:

Address: 227 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646) 649-5965

Neighborhood: Chinatown, Financial District, Nomad

Price: $$


 

Koi

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Overview:

Koi is not your average "let's order sushi and sit on the couch" type of Japanese food joint. This Bryant Park Hotel venue is a bit of a boug-fest. The midtown restaurant is large and dark with towering ceilings, loud music and a chic vibe. You will be surrounded by men in suits with expense accounts and the rest of the power lunch set. The high end Japanese menu is done very well, offering fish of superior freshness and quality. There is a long list of share plates like the Koi signature crispy rice, wagyu carpaccio, potstickers and foie gras on seared tuna. The fish is obviously the star and you can't go wrong with any choices from the long list of signature rolls and sushi. Great place for a group if you are looking to get loud and share food, or for a Midtown business lunch.

Information:

Address:  40 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Phone:  (212) 921-3330

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Sushi By Bou


Overview:

What does a young Jewish guy from Boca Raton know about sushi? Apparently a whole lot. (Also $20 says every article about this guy starts with that sentence). David Boudhana trained in Japan and worked at Morimoto and Sushi Dojo before striking out on his own. He popularized the concept of a 30 minute omakase at Sushi on Jones before leaving to open Sushi by Bou. At both locations of his restaurant he offers an affordable12-piece, $50 omakase in under 30 minutes. The spaces are small (just 4 seats in Gansevoort market and 7 in midtown) and intimate. The chef chooses the menu which includes toro, uni, scallop, unagi, and wagu. The experience is unique and quick; definitely a nice way to treat yourself. 

Information:

Address: 353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

Sanctuary Hotel 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:   (917) 870-1587

Neighborhood: Chelsea, Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Bessou


Overview

You should know about Bessou. The restaurant is located on Bleeker with an unassuming storefront and a stylishly decorated interior. The space feels Japanese- clean, contemporary & devout of too much fuss. I love the food. Not in a "it was good maybe I'd go back" kind of way; every single dish is great. The menu is not strictly Japanese but influenced by the owner’s childhood in New York and filled with variety. You'll find modern takes on sake steamed clams, crispy rice topped with fish, and chili oil cucumbers. There is a generous section of noodle dishes and rice including a chirashi bowl heaping with fish. Even the fried chicken is excellent, dusted in moroccan spices and served with kewpie potato salad & shiso tzatziki. This is an experience you should really have, at a price that makes it accessible.

Information

Address:  5 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Phone : (212) 228-8502

Neighborhood: Noho

Website: http://bessou.nyc/

Price: $$$


 

Roki le Izakaya

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Overview:

Executive Chef Koji Hagihara's Japanese Brasserie ROKI Le Izakaya presenting authentic Japanese tapas, ramen & ramen nabe (hot pot style) in Flatiron District.

Information:

Address: 12 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (646) 383-7654

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Website: https://www.rokileizakaya.com/

Price: $$ -$$$

 


 

Momosan Ramen

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Iron chef and all around badass Masaharu Morimoto recently opened Momosan Ramen in Midtown East. The long narrow restaurant has minimalistic design and a long bar in the front decorated with illuminated sake bottles (of which they offer 13 types). Inside the restaurant you will find communal tables and booths of large groups. The menu is small with dishes that are great for sharing. Their zondon bowl with soy marinated tuna has the most expertly cut, perfectly dressed fish that you come to expect from Chef Morimoto. The remainder of the menu focuses on tonkotsu and chicken ramens, with traditional toppings like garlic oil, scallion, and toasted nori. The most flavorful and unique bowl is their tantan ramin in a spicy coconut curry with pork chashu, red miso ground pork, aji-tama, and cilantro. It’s a nice casual spot to go on a date or with a group. Here’s what we had:

edamame - sea salt

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tetsunabe pork gyoza- pork & chive gyoza, ginger scallion sauce, served on an iron skillet

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zuke don- soy marinated tuna, nori, scallion

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tantan - spicy coconut curry, pork chashu, red miso ground pork, aji-tama, cilantro

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tonkotsu - pork chashu, aji-tama, takana, kikurage, scallion, toasted nori, garlic oil, soy tare tokyo

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Address: 342 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone(646) 201-5529

momosanramen.com/