Vegetarian Japanese fare in the tradition of 13th-century Buddhism. Bright, bare, classroom-like dining room on the second floor of a Murray Hill townhouse tunes out the midtown bustle. Two prix fi... read more
This is a chain, to be sure, but still: points for style. Sleek and modern with plenty of room. Grab the bull by the horns, as the name suggests, and be your own Benihana chef. Charcoal grills and ... read more
Euro chain brings its French-inflected Japanese to midtown. Slick bi-level space finished with black accents, airy dangling lanterns. Businessfolk grabbing self-serve lunches, finer dining come din... read more
Next up for the Plaza reinvention, this finally-completed, bustling, European-style food court curated by Todd English. Think gourmet market meets dining hall. Huge space includes eight separate se... read more
Dark, intimate vibe on the second floor of the building, this is an ideal date spot to mix things up a smidge. Pause for a quick light snack or stay for the 6 course sake pairing menu. Patrons sit ... read more
Fire-grilled goodness in midtown. Japanese expats hit up this robata-yaki for superior homemade tofu, chicken mini-meatloaf, and beef pot-au-feu. Glowing ember pyramid gets those skewers roasting. ... read more
L.A.’s answer to Nobu comes to NYC. “Signature dishes” like hamachi fusion, yellowtail and jalapeño, and miso black cod pretty much lifted straight from Chef Matsuhisa. Top... read more
Just like the downtown Nobu, except on steroids. And powerful hallucinogens. David Rockwell-designed duplex goes for baroque. Ridiculously opulent space attracts flocks of chatty singles sipping ma... read more
Oms/b, OMG! Total rice ball awesomeness makes us want to move to Tokyo and get obsessed with schoolgirl uniforms or something. Big front counter stacked with snack-sized tuna balls, shrimps with gr... read more
Chicken-on-a-stick speakeasy. Stealth second-floor aerie perennially packed with an expat crowd, opens up Americans to the taste of premium chicken meat. Makes max use of the fowl, as in hearts, li... read more
Purple vinyl booths and a dingy lily pond might have you doubting, but sushi at this Midtown fave is right up there with Nobu. Master chef Matsu is famous for his spicy toro carpaccio crunch: fatty... read more
Modest midtown building looks like your average hole in the wall, but Toshihiro Uezu's kitchen serves some of the best fish on the island. Say the magic word -- "omakase" -- and let Uezu-san presen... read more
Snag Japanese goodies and full array of sushi from the conveyor belt, pay later according to number and hue of plates. Specialty entrées available if you're not feeling the raw fish. Cheap,... read more
Tables rise and sink automatically in a fun space on the fourth floor of Midtown's Yotel hotel. Fifty different small plates on the menu, featuring Japanese-Mexican tapas. Dohyo refers to a Japanes... read more
This little and pricey Midtown Japanese spot rises above its similar neighbors with its signature fresh fish and meat, sharp sushi chef's skills, and artful roll designs. A post and pre-show guaran... read more
There's slim-pickins' on this here island, which is why Fuji East, one of four restaurants on Roosevelt, is perhaps the best. But don't get too excited - it's still medicore Asian fusion. However, ... read more
IN PREVIEW. Prolific izakaya-style chain out of Tokyo doubles down on Manhattan. Teishoku set meals come recommended, served with rice, miso soup, pickles, and egg custard. Grilled mackerel, was... read more
Masa is indeed the masta. Extraordinary sushi, kaiseki, and haute Japanese. Throws down the gauntlet to Nobu, Blue Ribbon, and other NY daimyo with unsurpassed quality and attention to detail. Japa... read more
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Oysters and cocktails at 1 Delancey. Named for Marcel Duchamp&rsquo...