Ramen joint takes name from the Japanese flag, brings authentic flavor to Astoria. Smiling monkey banner out front welcomes you in for steaming bowls of savory pork broth. Eight soups to choose fro... read more
Go go Godzilla: cheap-eats curry hut inspired by Hideki Matsui. Go means “five” in Japanese, nods to 55 on the uniform and offers discounts every 5th, 15th, and 25th day. Chain is big i... read more
Stealth izakaya upstairs from 151. Owner is from Shinagawa City, chef’s a Tokyo export as well. Authentic feel in narrow, intimate space. Antique sake signs and sake ware for décor. Na... 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
A mini-Masa for the Village. Former Bar Masa and Masa head chefs join forces, hang their own sushi shingle. Name comes from the Japanese for the fresh parts, and brother, this shizz is fresh. Omaka... read more
Serafina's Japanese wing. Shares hotel space with Italian sib, but reflects antipodal approach. Intimate izakaya all about simple, elegant cuisine. Chefs take inspiration from pan-Asian backgrounds... read more
Name means “benevolence,” and soup shop’s approach is accordingly neighborly. Serves up classic Japanese with some Taiwanese accents. Hearty pork broths are the focus, although th... 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
Outer-borough fusion spot excited to host your next acid trip. Design aesthetic borrowed from a Grand Theft Auto nightclub. Blown-out atrium with ginormous light panels, dangling fixtures, electric... read more
Hot sushi, Mexican gyoza, Japanese tacos: these cats are turning the playbook upside down. First US location of Mexican fusion chain. Comes complete with conveyor belt snaking through the room, o... read more
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
No Zuzu, but UES transplant does the trick when you need to sate that ramen jones. Hefty soup bowls not shy with the salt. Classic naruto ramen with swirly namesake fishcake not as rich as it shoul... 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
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
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Appointment-only, hour-long guided shopping experience. Second show...