Japanese/sushi

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: $$


 

Juku

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Overview:

Juku is a rather unique new venue that recently popped up in the heart of Chinatown. The multi level venue is actually three concepts in one. Art plays a big role in the design with commissioned works from New York-based artists as well as others around the world. You'll find a street-level izakaya for cocktails and casual bites and a not-yet-open vibey bar downstairs. A la carte options include traditional dishes like tonkatsu and karaage, as well as more modern interpretations like uni rice, fried chicken and egg custard. On the second floor there is a 12-seat omakase sushi bar headed up by Chef Kazuo Yoshida, former sushi chef at Williamsburg’s 1 or 8. The space is reservation-only and offers two menus, $80 for 12 pieces of sushi and $120 for 15 pieces and a hand roll.

Information:

Address:   32 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Phone:  (646) 590-2111

Neighborhood: Chinatown

https://jukunyc.com

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: $$$


 

Mew Men


Overview

Mew Men is tucked away on quiet Cornelia street, just out of the chaos of the bustling West Village. The small no-frills space is simple - long communal tables, an open kitchen and a towering stereo system. The Japanese menu is short but it has the essentials. For small plates you'll find fried chicken, pork buns, and an excellent "spring tofu" with mushrooms in a sesame shoyu. The main focus is ramen and they offer 7 varieties with an arsenal of toppings. Dishes range from traditional noodles to something more interesting like the Tori Tantan noodles in a house made chili oil &  sesame paste broth. A menu of beer, sake and wine is available as well. 

Information:

Address: 7 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:     (212) 727-1050

Neighborhood: West Village

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: $$$


 

Zuma


Information

Address: 261 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone:   (212) 544-9862

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Website: https://www.zumarestaurant.com/

Price: $$$

Overview

I wish that I could afford to eat at Zuma 5 times/week because I would. The restaurant has outposts all over the world in places like Dubai, Bangkok, and Miami. They take their NYC home in Midtown and it is a contemporary masterpiece. Every design element of the restaurant has clearly been carefully choreographed. The space is massive with multiple floors, two bars, 6 private dining rooms & open kitchens with seating throughout. You'll find a landscape of beautiful woman and business men in suits. The menu offers a wide range of Japanese dining options including expertly prepared sushi, tempura, robata grilled meats & assorted cold dishes. Everything is designed to share and it is genuinely all great. This meal will definitely set you back a few $ but it is well worth the splurge.


 

Catch

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photo: catchrestaurants.com


Information:

Address  21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 392-5978

Neighborhood: Meatpacking   

Website : http://catchrestaurants.com/catchnyc/

Price: $$$

Attire: Trendy

Good for: seafood, outdoor dining, meeting your next sugar daddy, model watching, groups, birthdays, bachelorettes 

Overview

Catch probably needs no introduction. They have been one of the hottest restaurants in NYC & LA for years and show zero signs of slowing down. The massive trendy space spans 3 floors with a seasonal patio upstairs perfect for looking down on others, figuratively and literally. Contrary to many night life-esqu with all flash and no substance, the food at Catch is actually killer. It's one of the few places in Meatpacking I'll consent to eat. Crazy amounts of variety, wildly fresh, perfectly designed for splitting large amounts of food. I'd point you in the direction of the truffle sashimi, crispy shrimp, lobster mac n' cheese, and any of the sushi rolls. Great for a large group who wants to get loud in a dark, sexy restaurant. This place is like the epicenter of hot as fuck people, dress to impress.


 

Sushi on Jones


Overview 

Bowery Market is a small dining space that opened in summer 2016 with 5  kiosks. Sushi on Jones occupies a tiny corner of the market with just a counter and 5 seats. It is NYC's first outdoor sushi bar. They serve only one thing - a 30 minute, $50, 12 piece omakase menu. Each piece of fish is expertly sliced and gently handed to you from their sushi chefs. Quality is great and seats are hard to come by so call well in advance for a reservation. They now offer takeout and delivery if you can't get your butt into one of the coveted seats. 

Information:

Address:  348 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (917) 270-1815

Neighborhood: Nolita

Website : http://www.thebowerymarket.com/portfolio-item/sushi-on-jones

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: outdoor dining, takeout & delivery, fast meals 


 

Yakiniku Futago

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Information:

Address: 2418 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Phone:  (212) 620-0225

Neighborhood: Flatiron   

Website :  http://www.futago25usa.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: interactive dining, groups, trendy ambiance


 

Waka Ramen & Izakaya

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aburi tuna - seared sashimi grade ahi tuna coated with sesame seed, Korean seaweed crisp, ponzu sauce, wasabi aioli

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gyoza - house-made pan-fried pork dumplings, spicy sesame soy sauce
spicy crunch tuna roll - tuna, crab stick, cucumber, avocado, chipotle mayo, wasabi mayo, teriyaki .

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spicy crunch tuna roll - tuna, crab stick, cucumber, avocado, chipotle mayo, wasabi mayo, teriyaki .

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kinoko - Waka original seasoning miso and chicken katsuo dashi broth, topped with pork belly, assorted mushrooms, broccoli rabe, and scallion

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kuroshio - Waka original seasoning sea salt and chicken katsuo dashi broth, topped with chicken or pork chashu, naruto, menma, scallion, grilled tomato and onion chips

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Address: 432 E 13th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone(212) 777-3174

http://www.wakany.com/about-us

Ippudo

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Yamitsuki Goma Kyuri - Japanese cucumber seasoned with Ippudo’s original sesame oil sauce

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Shishito- Flash-fried Japanese peppers with yuzu salt

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Hirata Buns - Our signature steamed buns filled pork, served with Ippudo’s original spicy buns sauce and mayo

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Hirata Chicken Wings -Fried chicken wings glazed with Ippudo’s special black pepper sauce

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Karaka-men - The original silky “Tonkotsu” (pork) soup noodles with Ippudo’s special blend of hot spices, topped with pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, minced pork, and fragrant garlic oil, poached egg

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Shiromaru Hakata Classic - The original silky “Tonkotsu” (pork) soup noodles topped with pork loin chashu, sesame kikurage mushrooms, menma, red pickled ginger, and scallions

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Address: 65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Phone:(212) 388-0088

http://www.ippudony.com/

Wagamama

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Chicken Gyoza - five fried grilled chicken and vegetable dumplings. served with a chili garlic sesame and soy sauce

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Steamed Pork Gyoza -  five tasty steamed pork and water chesnut dumplings, served grilled and with a dipping sauce

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Chili Squid - deep-fried squid seasoned with sea salt and shichimi. served with a chili garlic and cilantro dipping sauce

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Teriyaki Beef Donburi -  brisket in teriyaki sauce with sticky white rice, shredded carrots, pea shoots and onions. garnished with sesame seeds and served with a side of kimchee

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Teriyaki Sirloin Steak Soba - grilled sirloin steak with soba noodles in curry oil, mangetout, bok choi, red onion, chillies and beansprouts in a teriyaki sauce. garnished with sesame seeds

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Grilled Duck Ramen - tender, shredded duck leg splashed with citrus ponzu sauce on top of noodles in a light vegetable broth. dressed with chilli, pea shoots and coriander

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Fire Cracker Shrimp - a fiery mix of prawns, mangetout, red and green peppers, onions and hot red chillies. served with steamed rice, sesame seeds, shichimi and fresh lime

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Chicken Katsu Curry - chicken coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs, covered in an aromatic curry sauce served with sticky rice and a side salad

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Banana Katsu - banana in panko breadcrumbs with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream

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Address: 210 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Phone(212) 920-6233

http://www.wagamama.us/

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