Haute meets homey at this Japanese jewel box. Tokyo-born chef uses technique and tastes of home as starting point for her creative flights. Market-driven menus lead to buns stuffed with pork belly ... read more
Serpentine banquettes set slick stage for contemporary Asian fusion. Nightclub lighting shades lounge space, trim balcony. Kitchen takes Japan as a starting point, adds international accents. Calam... read more
Cursed THOR ground floor takes a stab at a steak frites ‘n’ sashimi joint. Glam trappings abound, inspired by ‘70s California, complete with mirror-tile sushi bar and serious marb... read more
David Bouley gets inspired by visit to Osaka cooking school, spends years putting together Japanese restaurant that's exacting to the last detail. Fish tanks, artisanal soy sauce, ingredients gro... read more
Cow palace. Beef bits you never imagined eating served to you raw. Korean take on Japanese yakiniku has you grilling it yourself right at the table. Chow down on three different parts of cow stomac... read more
Domo arigato, Mr. Robataya. Soba-ya and Curry-ya peeps break out the paddles. Charcoal grilling is the specialty, hits veggies, rice balls, and meats like chicken, lamb, and duck. High-energy chefs... read more
Yeah, we’ve had ramen infatuations before—Setagaya, Minca, Momofuku. This time, though, it’s forever. Ramen King Shigemi Kawahara brings super-authentic, super-addictive pork broths to the E.V. Get... read more
Sure, it's a Japanese sushi joint, with all the quiet restrained service and such, but the Japanese are eating pig's feet (tonsoku), just like your country cousins. Only get this: when you eat &lsq... read more
Japanese soup star making first play for U.S. market. Salt-pork bowls are homier than Ippudo’s, more authentic than Momofuku’s. Broth made fresh daily with clams, scallops, lemon peel, ... read more
Understated space with outstanding fish. Masato Shimizu behind the sushi bar, Jewel Bako lineage clear from creative takes on the raw. For the cooked, don't miss squid ink risotto with sea urchin, ... read more
Nobu iron chef Masaharu Morimoto's Chelsea Market extravaganza. Architect Tadao Ando's interior is an ultra-modern stunner. Fusion fun with Japanese bouillabaisse, lamb carpaccio, and yellowtail pa... read more
Straight out of Gifu, chef Ariki Omae, late of Nobu and Morimoto, keeps the Chelsea masses happy. Mostly classic sushi, with the occasional fusiony touch. We're loving on ceviche with aji citrus so... read more
As long as Azuki keeps offering two glasses of wine or two mini bottles of sake for every $15 spent per person, they will be forever popular. And they are. Long lines are de rigueur, and for such a... read more
"Rustic," communal, Japanese-style home cooking. If you're looking for something other than the standard sushi, offers exciting traditional menu. Extensive tofu selections prepared fresh five times... read more
Koji Imai's dramatic, bi-level zen-modern fortress. Celebs fend off autographs in cushy booths, mesmerized by the life-size ice Buddha melting into a pool of rose petals. Somewhat confusing menu yi... read more
Will do spider and dragon rolls, but more for the purist. Fresh fish, expertly cut. A la carte menu runs down orange clams, horse mackerel, amberjack, glorious uni. Chef’s choice always a goo... read more
Past the nondescript, empty dining room lies a modern sushi-bar Babylon with the freshest fishies this side of the harbor. Spicy tuna handroll is swimmingly good. Forget the menu, let the chef hook... read more
Slick, glowing tunnel of incredible sushi courtesy of those Lambs again. Bamboo-lined walls and golden light in teeny-tiny space live up to jewel box name. Stunningly fresh fish in 50-plus varietie... read more
Tucked inside a quaint townhouse, creative Japanese with flair. Minimal digs, exposed brick walls, whatever—you're here for the food. Name implies autumn, but seasonal menu takes on a unique Jamaic... read more
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